Emma, our 16 year old bearded collie has had a few small health problems over the last year but nothing could have prepared me for what I discovered today – a huge firm “mass” stretching from inside her back hip all along her body and reaching the front of her chest. Her walking and getting up and down from the floor had been getting worse recently but this mass was no where to be seen a couple of days ago when I was lying next to her on the floor rubbing her all over. Even the vet seemed shocked and eventually diagnosed a problem with her lymphatic system. Anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers were prescribed but I was urged to consider her future and “cherish her”. The vet did though add that they expected the drugs to work and for the swelling and hardness to go right down, so we’ll make sure she takes her medicines, spoil her and make a fuss of her….and we’ll have a serious talk about what now needs to be done and when. So sad!!!