Kinda Follow-up Friday

I titled this post the way I did on account of the fact that I haven’t posted much lately. But it’s still a follow-up for me.

Since Callie went to Heaven just over three months ago, things around here have felt like a roller coaster. Some good days, then bad ones, then good ones again. Up-down, up-down, all around.

The last several days before Thanksgiving here in the USA, Shadow was back to her “I don’t feel like eating” stage. And on Wednesday morning I noticed her poops were a bit on the soft side again. “Geezloweeze, will this ever end?!” I wondered.

So I called the vet’s office and made an appointment to discuss it. And then I went on heightened alert poop patrol around the yard. A few soft ones and even a couple of looser ones I hadn’t noticed the days before.  So, back on the meds for a few days.  And back to normal in the output department yesterday and today.

I’ve been checking Shadow pretty regularly for new lumps and bumps. My problem is I’ve been forgetting which ones we’ve already aspirated and which ones are new.  

Then last night while she was laying  on the floor behind my recliner, I found another bump that I didn’t remember feeling before. The scary part was that it felt harder than the others and immobile. My heart nearly fell to my feet!  I cried into her fur – like I used to with Callie – and begged God to prove me wrong. “I couldn’t bear losing her too!”

Just remembering the fear last night is choking me up now.

This morning I remembered where I had filed my printout from the Morris Animal Foundation’s Unite to Fight cancer campaign. One page has left- and right-side views of a Golden Retriever. I printed a copy and marked the spots where I had found the lumps/bumps, and took it with me to our appointment. Now I have a visual record of them so I don’t get paranoid again. If you want a copy of the unmarked page, let me know in the comments. I’ll be happy to email it to you!

Anyway, with the cold temps we were having, Shadow’s arthritis has been bothering her some. So we haven’t been playing as many ball-chasing games. Today and yesterday have been a bit warmer though, so we’ve been doing a little more.

So, that brings us to the vet appointment this morning. All good, or at least neutral, news!
All of Shadow’s lumps and bumps are either lipomas or sebaceous adenomas. In other words, benign and not worrisome. The vet said that the one that seemed hard and immobile last night was just in a spot where Shadow’s position on the floor made it seem that way. But he assured me it was one of the lipomas we’ve checked before and it hasn’t changed any.

And, yes, her arthritis has gotten a little worse over the last couple of years. BUT it’s not bad enough yet to put her on a daily NSAID regimen, like Callie had been. I meant to ask him about switching her from the Cosequin DS to the Natural Stride, but I forgot. I might try giving her the Rejenease again instead. I still have a nearly-full bottle of it left from Callie. 

So, with all that said, I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and will have a great weekend!


21 thoughts on “Kinda Follow-up Friday

  1. Patricia says:

    Can you tell me more about the other options besides Cosequin? I haven’t heard of them. How effective are they? Right now using Cosequin DS with MSM, which really seemed to help Rook better than just the DS….I am so glad your vet said they were all benign. I can feel your fear. It is so sad when one dog leaves, one is still around, and we know someday they will join the other. It’s been awhile for me, too, and I still have the emotional roller coaster especially over our GSD Rook.

    • My Golden Life says:

      Rejenease is mostly the same ingredients as the Cosequin DS with MSM but in liquid form. It really helped Callie feel more comfortable, even when her arthritis was at its worst. Natural Stride is also a glucosamine/chondrotin supplement. (It might have MSM in it, too. I just don’t remember.) It’s available in both powder form to sprinkle on the food, and chewable treat-like form.

      I know Shadow misses her big sister. They were practically inseparable from Shadow’s first day with us. They were snuggle buddies. They kept each other company when Sam & I had to leave them at home. There was a bond between them as strong as any bond I’ve ever seen between two living beings. I do my best to fill some of the emptiness for her. If nothing else, at least we have fun playing together.

      • Jodi says:

        Patricia, just to follow up with what Sue said. If you want to try the Rejenease for Rook. there is an affiliate link on my blog, but you can order direct from Amazon and use this code: Heartoff and you’ll receive a one time 25% discount.

        Sampson has done very well on the Rejenease and he’s also using the Natural Stride, so I think it comes down to what form is better for your pup.

  2. Jan K says:

    I am so happy and relieved for you that the lump was nothing to worry about! Sheba has so many…I could sure use that picture.
    I remember last year when she had the cancerous lump removed, she also had another one that felt hard and fixed. That one was also aspirated and turned out to be nothing. I think if it’s close to muscle or something like that it can be firmer, but still just be a lipoma. She’s had other lumps that I could only find when she was lying down a certain way!
    Our beagle Kobi also had many lumps and bumps when he was older, and none of his were ever anything to worry about.
    It’s especially hard for us I think because we’ve already lost one golden to cancer, and that just makes us worry all the more.

    • My Golden Life says:

      You’re right about it being especially hard for us having already lost one golden to cancer. I am so hyper-paranoid about Shadow’s lumps and bumps now. And I never used to be. I used to just ask the vet to check them if they were new. And I didn’t worry about her not wanting to eat once in a while. And I didn’t worry about her occasional gimpiness, either. I just made her rest for a while and then she was good to go.

      Well, thankfully, our vet loves Shadow and Ducky as much as he did Callie. He understands when I get worried and he really puts my mind at ease.

  3. easyweimaraner says:

    I hold my breath while reading… and I think the biggest rock fell down from my heart as I read about the news from the vet. I’m glad there is nothing dangerous and you can relax a little bit.
    Hugs to you :o)

  4. MyBrownNewfies says:

    I’m happy to hear that the news was neutral! Lumps and Bumps can be scary! When I worked at the vet and we had a dog with multiple lumps we would recommend that the owner clip a little bit of hair around the new one that showed up, this way it would be easy to find!

  5. Jodi says:

    Well I’m so glad it turned out just to be an annoying bump. I am constantly feeling the bumps on my guys and thankfully they are limited, so I know which ones are which, but every new one gets checked out. 🙂

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