Meet Pippin by Dr Chris Sun
This is Pippin, he is a 12 year young Bichon who presented to Sydney Animal Hospitals Norwest for abdominal pain, acute vomiting, diarrhea and fever. He has had a history of elevated liver enzymes but it had been a long time since he has been ill. After a detailed work up by the team it was found that Pippin had cholecystitis and mucocele formation – a gallbladder infection and swelling of soft tissue lining.
As in people with gallstones, gall bladder problems in dogs can be very painful and problematic. Pippin was treated with broad spectrum antibiotics, analgesia, and fluid therapy, and responded within a few days. However, the risk of cholecystitis and mucocele remained and was at risk of future rupture.
A gall bladder removal surgery – cholecystectomy, was recommended and performed after Pippin finished his initial course of antibiotics and felt better. Along with the Veterinary Specialists of Sydney, Pippin had his gallbladder surgically removed to eliminate the risk of further issues.
Pippin is doing 100% two weeks on from his surgery. He continues to be young at heart and full of beans. Our team at Sydney Animal Hospitals Norwest would like to wish Pippin and his family all the best!!
Dr Chris Sun