A Prospective Study of Dogs with Gallbladder Mucoceles
The focus of the study is to determine differences, if any, in the metabolism of dogs affected with gallbladder mucoceles (GBM). Serum and urine biomarkers of steroid hormone and lipid imbalance in dogs with and without GBMs will be examined.
The enrolled dog will undergo an abdominal ultrasound examination and collection of blood and urine samples.
- Dogs of any breed diagnosed with gallbladder mucoceles
- Only affected patients of the NCSU-Veterinary Health Complex can be included in the study
- Dogs will be excluded if they are: 1) being treated for Cushing's disease or hypothyroidism, 2) are receiving corticosteroids, ursodeoxycholic acid, NSAIDS, fatty acid supplements or treatment for hyperlipidemia, or 3) reproductively intact
The study will cover the cost of an abdominal ultrasound performed at the NCSU-VHC. Owners will be responsible for the cost of all other medical and surgical treatment that they consent to.
Jody L. Gookin, DVM, Ph.D., Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University
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