Is it safe to remove canine gallbladder stones and perform the spay in the same surgery?
Original Question: My dog has gallbladder stone and she needs spaying. The vet is pushing for surgery but she has not been fasting and I just fed her. The vet said it is okay to perform the spay and take out the stone in same surgery. Is it okay to perform two procedures in the same surgery? - Bobbie
Gallbladder stones can be potentially life-threatening and should be addressed sooner if there is an obstruction of the bile duct. A spay is an elective procedure unless there is an infection in the uterus. The decision of whether surgery is okay is best left to your vet to decide who can assess your dog in its current state. Lots of factors come into play including anesthesia protocols, pre-operative blood tests, how advanced the conditions are, and how stable they are during the procedure.
I hope this helps.
Dr. Ryan Llera
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