Understanding Gallstones -- Diagnosis and Treatment

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Gallstones (Pain, Symptoms, Causes, Diet, and Treatment)
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Gallstones: What You Should Know

Surgical removal of the gallbladder is necessary in some cases. A diet low in fiber and high in cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for gallbladder disease. Following a low-fat diet and avoiding certain foods can help you manage your gallbladder disease, ease symptoms and minimize attacks. When you experience difficulty with your gallbladder, your body is not able to digest and absorb fat properly.

Therefore, you need to follow low-fat diet. It is important to eat a variety of foods from each of the food groups, but to limit high-fat foods, especially full-fat dairy and meat. Vitamin C-rich foods such as citrus fruits and peppers help break down cholesterol.

You may require vitamin C and fat-soluble vitamin supplementation due to malabsorption. Milk and other dairy products contain vitamin D, calcium and protein. While you need these nutrients, certain foods such as whole milk, buttermilk, cream, butter, sour cream, nondairy creamer, whole-milk cheese, cheese spreads, chocolate milk and ice cream are high in saturated fat. You should avoid these foods; they can contribute to the formation of gallstones or trigger an attack of gallbladder pain.

Choose skim or 1 percent milk, yogurt made from skim milk, fat-free cheese, low-fat cottage cheese, skim buttermilk and nonfat sour cream. To avoid developing gallbladder disease or to prevent gallbladder attacks, limit meats that are rich in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Saturated fat is abundant in animal products, especially fried, fatty or heavily marbled meat, beef, spareribs, ham hocks, ground beef, eggs, tuna and salmon canned in oil, sausage, hot dogs, hamburger, duck, goose, gravy and peanut butter.

Choose lean meat, cold water fish, tofu and beans to meet your protein needs. The other just drank a lot of watet. Both had skin problems. After much research we put both dogs on prescriprion Science Diet dog food for liver disease L-D.

It comes in dry and canned. My dogs seem to prefer the dry more than canned. I pour hot, filtered water over it and let it set until it becomes soft. We also put both dogs on Denamarin chewables, which greatly supports the liver.

They must be given on an empty stomach, followed by food an hour or so later. Both dogs improved greatly doing these two things though the liver counts remained high. The first dog no longer bloats or throws up, and skin problems have all but vanished. The second dog does not drink nearly as much and her skin has also cleared up. She has no symptoms. The first dog however is drinking continuously, and has now started loosing weight, though her appetite is good.

She has great energy, and looks good otherwise. Hope this helps some of you. I just lost my Scottie to liver, kidney, and pancreatic causes. The first we heard of her problems was two years ago. Her liver enzyme count came back 3,!!! My vet ran the test four times with the same results; he told us she should be dead. We had been treating her kidneys and adrenal glands with medication, and with the liver problems we added a special, low-protein diet food for her liver.

Over the last two years of her life, her liver enzymes went down to right before she died. However, the liver affects the pancreas, and what she died of was pancreatitis. Get them thoroughly checked out, and look for any links. Take care of your dogs—your time with them is short and precious.

Our 11 year old Springer Spaniel has been very lethargic over the few weeks sand we had him at the vet today and blood was taken. The vet called back and said that they thought that there was a high enzyme count but dont know if its liver or kidney.

I am really worried i now have to take in a urine sample. Got the result of the urine test. It shoew blood and was very watery which means that the kidney is not functioning properly, had him back atthe vet today and he was in most of the day for tests i dont know what to do next.

Well, My dog has been diagnosed as having the early stages of Cushings and has been given vetoryl 60mg once a day. Is there anything else i should do regarding diet? Where the immune system attacks the cornea part of the eye, I thought it was cataracts. He has been eating holistic dog food for over 8 years. He is a sensitive nature. He has plenty of room to run. He walks daily as we live in the country.

Vet wanted him on steroids, but liver enzymes were elevated. I hope this helps, I will find out at next blood work. The vets need to learn nutrition instead of putting a band aid on it with chemical drugs that are toxid to the liver to begin with.

Next season, I will be using an organic parasite remedy instead of the chemicals they push that contain ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, engine degreaser in their so called arthritis meds. My shih tzu, 5 years old is in very bad condition. We noticed that his abdomen was very bloated and took to the vet. Blood tests were done and shows that he has liver disease.

He is taking meds, but he still the same. I would like to know if i can make some homemade food for him that would replace the one he is supposed to eat. My yr old schnauzer has survived pancreatitis at the age of 8 and the doggie equivalent of vertigo about three months ago. After noticing an enlarged stomach, lethargy,and not eating, I took her in to the vet.

Vet said two scenarios…either IS improving or liver not functioning at all. I guess time will tell. My little man had a seizure about 4 days ago. I have seen dogs have seizures before and my dog Zorro had a bad one, HORRIBLE shaking with wide eyes somewhat rolling around, with a blueish-gray tounge, and lasted for about min.

He started gagging towards the end and then finally puked and the seizure was thankfully over. He is not even 2 years old but will be in a month and only 15 pounds!!!

He went to the vet several hours later and I had them take a blood test. The test results came in the next day with the results that his liver enzymes were highly elevated.

The vet continued to tell me that this was highly unusual and his liver issues have nothing to do with his random seizure… she is dumbfounded and is not quite sure why his liver is in the condition that it is. I have done a decent amount of research online and I decided to add a little milk thistle to his diet in hopes that it will improve his liver funtion but I feel as though he might be a canidate for liver disease…?

I wish I could afford to send him to any vet and get as many tests done as possible, but quite honestly I really cannot… I am trying to research everything myself to try to find out what is going on so I can afford the most important treatments for him. Tucker has always eaten Science Diet food and has been fairly healthy…he does have PRA which is hereditary where he has gone blind. He started vomiting so I took him to his vet and found out he was dehydrated and have high liver count.

He eats it fine and has gotten better. The problem i am having is when I take him outside…he finds anything he can to eat. Is he not getting enough to fill his belly from eating this food? Kylie Batt on Tue, 20th Apr 3: Faye Saville on Thu, 20th May 9: My Dachshund 9 yrs. Came back with high enzyme level. She is going on meds tomarrow. And a special diet. She loves to eat. She was a sick puppy for two days. First time Molly has been ill and did not eat for two days.

This is all new to me,glad to have this website. I am glad to have found this site. She has been diagnosed with liver disease. When the vet ran the blood work on Monday her ALT was He started her on an antibiotic IV and did an ultrasound and needle biopsy.

No cancer or tumors found, but her kidney was enlarged. He ran bloodwork after 48 hours and her ALT went up to ! Any information would be appreciated. I have a 9 year old pit bull, she walks around in the house in a circle ,following the same path. Like she is dioreinted. She has walked in to things, and has also has some sort of parlizies. Sometimes on her left side her feet turn under and she walks on her knuckles, back legs give out at times. Ran several tests, shows high levels with her liver one is over , the other over Had xrays done shows no signs of tumors or masses.

She has been the best dog ever, I do not want her to suffer, but vet feels as though she has a chance. Like I said she is the loving dog, and I feel so sad for her,she seems somewhat better when I am home for awhile, she at least is trying,can someone, let me know if they have had a similar problem and what they did.

Webmaster on Thu, 10th Jun Please e-mail me your contacts. I have a question webmaster spottovo. Katie on Tue, 22nd Jun 2: My dog was just tested at and I am working to getting it lowered.

How is Jake doing now? Roger on Thu, 28th Oct Just returned from the vet with my 11 year old Bichon. Her liver count was He said it was probably liver disease, liver cancer, etc. Gave her about 2 years to live. He also has her on Denosyl mg per day. Thought she was about to die. Asymptomatic for anything liver related, but has off the chart-unmeasurable liver enzymes. Course of antibiotics got her feeling fine in a day. Giving her SAM-e daily as well. History-chen profile showed high liver enzymes about 3 years ago, also asymptomatic.

Thank you for your email. I am sorry that you are having to go through this situation. I know from personal experience how terrible it can be. I think you are on the right track with the antibiotics some dogs remain on those for life and the supplements. I would encourage you to ask your veterinarian about a few other medications and supplements as well that are liver-specific:.

Lactulose — Lactulose works in the large intestine to minimize the production of ammonia by bacteria. It does this by changing the pH and converting ammonia to a form that is not readily absorbed into the bloodstream. It also stimulates normal colon bacteria to absorb ammonia, which is then passed in the feces. Finally, it stimulates the intestines so that ammonia passes through faster, which means there is less time for absorption. Corticosteroids — Cortisone is used if there is evidence that the immune system is implicated as a cause of the liver problem.

Certain homeopathic remedies can also be very helpful when treating canine liver disease. Natural herbs and substances such as burdock and greater celandine have properties that assist with the purification of blood, the stimulation of digestive enzymes, and the protection of the liver from toxic substances. Also, some such substances have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Milk thistle is another natural ingredient that is known to be very effective in cases of canine liver disease.

This natural substance acts as an antioxidant like vitamin E, stimulates production of new liver cells, and helps to prevent certain toxins from attaching to the liver. I would also recommend making some dietary changes as well to help her liver function more effectively.

Dogs with liver disease need to be fed smaller amounts of food more frequently small meals per day if your schedule allows. Here are some links from our website on liver-friendly diets:. There are many reasons why there may be high liver enzymes. It is important to try to get as firm of a diagnosis as possible in order to design a treatment plan. Often times diet and supplements and medications are necessary regardless of the diagnosis so those are good places to start. Here is a little bit more information on the specific liver enzymes:.

Important Liver Enzymes Traditionally the medical practitioner has measured the relative concentration of several enzymes which may indicate alterations in liver health. The following enzymes typically change values in the face of liver failure. ALT — Liver specific. Cell damage will cause elevations of ALT due to leakage. The elevation of the enzyme correlates with the number of cells damaged. Falling levels of ALT may indicate recovery or may indicate a failing number of functional liver cells.

Rapid increases in ALT may indicate an acute process, while slow increases may indicate bile duct obstruction. AST — an enzyme seen in the liver, heart, kidney, skeletal muscle and brain.

ALP tends to be slightly more specific in the cat, but not quite as sensitive. Liver ALP is released from the liver when many anticonvulsant drugs are administered to the dog.

This must be taken into account when evaluating ALP levels. ALP levels typically are greatly elevated in the young, growing animal and therefore a veterinarian should not mistake any elevations as disease in a young animal. Also, have you had a bile acid test done? That is usually the next step after enzymes are found to be high. It is a simple blood test and is non-invasive and VERY sensitive to test the functioning of the liver.

This will determine if the liver is indeed damaged or if something else more superficial is causing the high enzymes:. Bile Acids These series of organic acids circulate almost entirely in the localized blood flow between the intestines and the liver a.

The flow is typically from the liver, into the bile duct system, then excretion into the intestines to aid digestion after a meal, to be re- absorbed into the portal system and recycled by the liver. Very little of the bile acids escape from the portal circulation system into the rest of the body.

Leakage is considered abnormal and is a sure sign of a liver abnormality. This is one of the most sensitive tests available to diagnose liver disease. While the liver does actually manufacture this product, it has tremendous reserve capacity and can easily meet the bodies demand for bile acids despite severe disease.

As a result of this reserve, the bile acid levels do not typically drop due to liver disease. I would also recommend joining a couple different online groups that I am familiar with that were created specifically for owners of dogs with liver disease. The people on these groups are VERY helpful and often times have more direct experience treating dogs with liver disease than a traditional vet. They are knowledgeable and happy to share their information with anyone who asks.

The links for those are:. I hope some of this information is useful to you and that you can get some answers and help treat your pup and make her healthy again. I will be keeping you in my thoughts — please keep me updated as to what you find out! I feel so bad for those who have posted about losing their furry kids.

We all go thru this but it never gets easier. You are a jewel for statring this website. I agree with Richard. At some point, if the dog is not eating, going downhill, and suffering, the decision must be made for humane euthanasia rather than letting the dog die a painful death.

Too often, I think we hold on for our own needs, not the needs of the dog. It is disturbing that not enough vets help make that difficult but necessary decision.

It is also inportant that sick dogs be on pain medication in appropriately high doses. A dog in pain means added stress that detracts from getting better. Providing a painless end is one of the most important things we can do for our dogs qwhen the time comes, instead of waiting too long while the suffering continues. For example, when we take our dogs for a walk, they walk down the street where cars were parked or driven and have leaked oil, gas, antifreeze, which is either ingested through paw licking or through the skin.

Also I see people have these lawn service companies or do it themselves dumping chemicals all over lawns and gardens, then allowing their dogs to romp on these poisons.

But it is common sense that these chemicals are toxins. Even if we choose not to use these chemicals, fertilizers, and herbicides, when we walk our dogs, they may walk right through grass or gardens treated with these poisons, or on a sidewalk or street that has a residue thanks to run off. Environmental poisons are so prevalent in our society. Add in bug spray treatments, having a pest control company spray your house or garden or using rodent poisons, drift from farm spraying, a neighbor having trees sprayed.

Someone I know came to spray her house for ants. The guy had rodenticide from another job in his work bag, and the dogs found it. Emergency treatment saved them because she happened to catch them, but who knows what long term damage has been done. A dog can swallow poisons like this in the blink of an eye, for example when visiting or romping off leash, and no one knows it happened.

There are so many alternatives to some of these chemicals such as organic safe lawn fertilizers or sealing up food sources and entry ways instead of poisons for rodents, etc.

My 9 year old shih-tzu had her regular check up with blood work. Her reading on her liver was but everything else was normal. My question is would it hurt to put her on Sam-E and Liver a natural glandular supplement along with the two things she is on through her vet?

Just would like some feed back from you all, it seems like you all know alot about this particular subject. Thank you ahead of time. I just found out my 4 year old Cavalier has liver problems.

Xray shows she has a small liver. The dr gave me that Sam-e stuff but for some reason i cant get my dog to swallow the pill. I really appreciate all the information listed him from everyone. Especially Lisa at the bottom.

My Cookie has had high liver enzyme levels for the last 5 years and they have gotten higher in the last year. Ultra sound was done and no tumors found. This is one of the biggest risk factors. Obesity can raise your cholesterol level and also make it harder for the gallbladder to empty completely.

You take birth control pills , hormone replacement therapy for menopause symptoms , or are pregnant. The extra estrogen is the problem. It can increase cholesterol and make it harder for the gallbladder to empty. People with this condition tend to have higher levels of triglycerides a type of blood fat , which is a risk factor for gallstones.

You take medicine to lower your cholesterol. Some of these drugs boost the amount of cholesterol in bile, which may increase your chances of getting cholesterol stones. You lost weight too quickly. Your liver makes extra cholesterol, which may lead to gallstones. Your gallbladder may not squeeze as much. Gallstones are also more likely if they run in your family, and they're likelier among women, older people, and some ethnic groups, including Native Americans and Mexican-Americans. You might not notice anything, or even know you have gallstones, unless your doctor tells you.

But if you do get symptoms, they usually include:. Blood tests to check for signs of infection or obstruction, and to rule out other conditions. This quick procedure makes images of the inside of your body.

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