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!