My 8.5 year old sheltie has recently (as of the last 2 weeks) shown a little bit of struggle when getting up from the sitting or laying down position. She has had a bit of a limp for years which has been checked out on multiple occasions by the vet who said that she's perfectly healthy, has a little stiffness in a hind leg. Most recently, the vet recommended glucosamine supplements - and stated that she perhaps has a little early arthritis
(diagnosis over the past summer). In August she had surgery and had 2 lumps from her side removed, which were benign. Recently, I noticed another lump which appears to have popped up quickly - it is much larger and firmer and seems deeper than the previous two and on the opposite side of her chest. She also sounds a little big "breathy" when she breathes (she does not pant, with her mouth open - but when she breathes through her nose
it sounds like a bit of a struggle - almost like an asthmatic person). I can't help but think everything is related. She went from being incredibly active to struggling to keep up on walks almost overnight. She has an appointment next week for a biopsy, and aside from the issues stated above - has been eating, drinking and going to the bathroom normally. Despite her lack of energy - she still engages in play
when prompted, but unfortunately doesn't last very long.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: No - she is otherwise normal