Anyone's Dog Need Gallbladder Surgery??

Updated on October 07, 2008
N.S. asks from Pompano Beach, FL
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My dog may need gallbladder surgery, I was wondering if anyone else experienced this with their dog and how much it cost.

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answers from Gainesville on

Before my mother had gallbladder surgery she went on a diet of only rice and applesauce and it cleared up completely after less than a week. She said fried foods instantly aggravated the condition, but has not had any problem with her gall bladder since -- no surgery and this was over five years ago. Of course, your dog is not apt to want or need apple sauce but you might try chicken and rice.

We had an old dog (13 in people years) who, in his last three years, would seem near the end and then be revitalized with a diet of skinless chicken, which I would boil and chop and mix with rice (about 2/3 - 3/4 rice). He made a lot of come backs this way. We would also sometimes mix canned chicken dog food with cooked rice. He couldn't eat dry dog food at all his last couple years.

I'm sure the surgery is unbelievably expensive. If it's not urgent, you might try restricting your pet's diet and see if that helps.

I've also heard recently that pets can be treated successfully using essential oils -- there's a book about this that you can order at:
I haven't ordered this book yet but am planning to as I have had very positive experiences recently for myself with essential oils and mixed some into some of my oils into olive oil and water which I rubbed on our dog and his skin looks much better (he gets something like ezcema).

Good Luck, and please let us know how this goes.
L. D., mom of three plus a dog



answers from Jacksonville on

My dog just had to have a bladder stone removed, I would guess that would be similar. The xray was about $200 and the surgery, which required her to be sedated was $1100.00. She spent the night. I go to Baywood Animal Hospital on Phillips Hwy. It's one vet and he's been in practice about 20 years. I don't like Banfield in the Petsmart store, they seem to be interested in the money and not the dog. Go to and put in the type of surgery and it will tell you about the surgery and show pictures. It's a great website. Hope this helpes. A.



answers from Miami on

I assume you already had the dog to the vet for tests to come to the conclusion that its the gallbladder. If so, your vet should give you an estimate on the costs involved. Then you could seek out another estimate from another vet, although you would probably have to pay for an appointment. Surgery is not cheap. My dog just had a root canal and the cost was $1500.00. But he is worth it as he is my four legged son. Hope you can work out the costs. Good luck.



answers from Fort Walton Beach on

Hi N.,

I haven't had that particular problem before but I have been able to dodge surgery and certain meds with my Lab. There are websites that will give you alternatives to different problems. Google natural remedy for "whatever" the issue is. I've been able to save $100.00s and maybe even $1000.00s following the instructions on some of the natural alternative websites. Some times the symptoms will go away quicker than what the vet has told me....



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