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Gallbladder Mucocele

The Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) is one of the breeds that seems to be predisposed to this problem.

Gallbladder mucocele formation is a relatively uncommon problem in dogs that
results in inflammation and possible rupture of the gallbladder wall.

Symptoms of an affected dog include:

- Decreased appetite
- Lethargy
- Vomiting
- Diarrhea
- A yellowish tinge to the skin or gums
- Abdominal pain

Without surgical removal of the gallbladder, the dog may die if rupture occurs. Many other diseases cause similar clinical signs, and because gallbladder mucoceles are relatively uncommon, the diagnosis can be missed or delayed. The diagnosis is usually made via ultrasound examination, exploratory surgery, or on necropsy.

Make sure you tell your Vet to Ultrasound immediately if your Sheltie  is experiencing these symptoms.
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