Gracie, a 7-year-old female Yorkie, presented with vomiting, dark-orange colored urine
and loss of appetite. Gracie had developed stones in her gall bladder and bile duct.
Gall bladder disease in dogs is a relatively frequent problem identified through blood
work, x-ray and ultrasound. Bile is stored in the gall bladder and released into the small
intestine when a meal is taken, where it facilitates digestion of fat. The gall bladder can
become infected with bacteria, inflamed, form stones or develop cancer. Some patients
may exhibit occasional bouts of vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain. Others may be
severely ill with jaundice or peritonitis (inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity, a
life-threatening issue). Fortunately, many dogs with gall bladder disease are recognized
early through the above-mentioned procedures and can respond favorably to treatment,
as did Gracie!