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hi dr gabby. our dog was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis and a mucous in her intestine after an ultrasound. the vet recommended surgery and removal of her gall bladder. they said the cost would be 5,000 to 9,000.00 . we cant afford that. do you have any other suggestions/ she is healthy 9 years old and we feed her a healthy diet.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you please clarify "mucus in her intestine"? If removal of her gall bladder was recommended, I would suspect that mucus was found in the gall bladder rather than intestine. This is called a mucocoel.

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Thank you. How can we treat her pancreatitis without surgery?

Acute pancreatitis is treated supportively. The includes fluid therapy and careful monitoring for any signs of ensuing complications.

Analgesia is of paramount importance. Acceptable options include meperidine, butorphanol, buprenorphine, or fentanyl

Antiemetic therapy can be important. Maropitant, dolasetron and ondansetron, or metoclopramide (not a first choice) should be considered.

Dogs with severe pancreatitis (associated with dehydration, electrolyte and acid-base abnormalities, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and/or other systemic complications) may benefit from plasma transfusions daily.

Please note that antibiotics have failed to show any benefit in human patients with pancreatitis and dogs with pancreatitis rarely have infectious complication of pancreatitis. Therefore, antibiotic therapy should only be implemented when there is a specific suspicion for a concurrent infectious disease.

There is no evidence that any other therapeutic strategy is clinically efficacious in dogs with pancreatitis.

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