Terrier’s terrible gallbladder has got to go

Tadhg 1This 13 year old Norwich Terrier, Tadhg, was not feeling well.

He wasn’t acting like himself, and he had a poor appetite. After undergoing an ultrasound, it was discovered that he had an enlarged gallbladder.

The gallbladder needed to come out. It was full of “sand” and gallstones.

After surgery, Tadhg felt better and started eating. A week later, biopsies confirmed inflammation of the gallbladder called cholecystitis.

The arrow on the X-ray is pointing at the gallbladder. Because it was full of minerals, the gallbladder was visible on X-rays.Tadhg 4

The first picture below is the gallbladder. The second is after the gallbladder was cut open.

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Dr. Phil Zeltzman

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