Is gallbladder surgery in dogs needed before surgery for an open pyometra?

Original Question: My dog has gallbladder stones and open pyometra. Which one needs to have surgery first? Thank you for the response. - Rachel

Is gallbladder surgery in dogs needed before surgery for an open pyometra? Nov 26, 2018

Hi Rachel,

That’s a double whammy of unfortunate circumstances. The matter of which surgery goes first will depend on how each problem is affecting your dog. If the gallbladder stones are causing an obstruction, that could be more life-threatening as the pyometra is open and draining. If the stones aren’t causing an obstruction, the pyometra may be dealt with first to avoid further infecting the body. Your veterinarian will have to guide you on those decisions based on your pet’s clinical status.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Ryan Llera

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Is gallbladder surgery in dogs needed before surgery for an open pyometra?
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The matter of whether gallbladder surgery in dogs is needed before open pyometra surgery or vice-versa will depend on how each problem is affecting your dog. If the gallbladder stones are causing an obstruction, that could be more life-threatening as the pyometra is open and draining.
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