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Anna, Pet Expert/Biologist
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Experience:  40 yrs.: herps, pocket pets, rabbits, poultry, dogs, horses. Biology degree. Vet assistant.
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My dog has been diagnosed with gallbladder mucocele. I saw

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My dog has been diagnosed with gallbladder mucocele. I saw the ultrasound myself. Vet believes if I start him on URSODIOL this has good chance of clearing.
My questions: I've read where URSODIOL can cause Glucose to rise. My Concern: my dog has always had fluctuating glucose and I'm concerned if he's on this drug, glucose rises and now on top of what he has he could be diabetes.
2) My dogs have never been on long term 'drugs'. I've used herbs, western and Chinese and until now neither has had a problem such as this where I have to maybe think of using a drug. Is there an alternative to URSODIOL (drug)
3) I have my dog on milk thistle and Dandelion leaf tincture; however, I want to instead give him Dandelion leaf organic certified - how much would I give to a 20 # ***** and also Milk Thistle Seed Powder - 20# ***** how much would I give him
He is 10 years old and showing no signs of illness at all and yet I've seen the ultrasound myself soooooooooooo
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.


I apologize that no one has responded to your question sooner. Different experts come online at various times. I just came online and saw your question. My name is ***** ***** I’m a biologist with a special interest in holistic pet care. I'm sorry to hear of this diagnosis.

Gallbladder mucoceles are nothing to take chances with. They can rupture and that is a life-threatening situation. They are best treated early, when the dog is not showing any signs of illness. That is the only time Ursodiol has a chance of working. Many vets recommend surgery, rather than trying medication at all. Here is an article in a professional veterinary magazine that explains the situation:

Ursodiol is actually a naturally-occurring hydrophilic bile acid. The supplements you want to use are good supportive care, but they will certainly not cure the problem. Side effects of any kind are unusual with it, but diarrhea is the most common. If you'll send me links to where you read about diabetes being linked to Ursodiol, I would be glad to take a look at them.

If you read the article I linked to above, you'll see that medical management of gallbladder mucoceles is not always successful. In certain breeds, including Shelties and Scottish terriers, surgery is the only recommended treatment. The risk of rupture in those breeds is simply too great.

Gallbladder mucoceles are a very serious condition, not a minor problem to be ta***** *****ghtly. If this were my dog, I would print out the article I linked to, and share it with my vet. You may even want to get a second opinion. I know this isn't what you want to hear, but I believe you deserve honesty. This is not a condition that can be treated with herbs and supplements. It is simply too serious to waste time. If you have more questions after reading the article, just let me know in a REPLY. I hope your dog will be fine.


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Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

Do you need any additional information?