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 Post subject: Older Doodles
PostPosted: 10 Jan 2018, 18:56 
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Hi all again, we've not been on here for a considerable time so HNY! Just wondered if anyone else's older doodle (Holly is now nearly 10) has lumps and bumps? We've been to the vet and they seem just to be just fatty lumps but one on her groin is getting big so they've said it may need removing :roll: not sure about this at her age! She is also slowing down with arthritis. We are also interested to know how long you walk your older dogs for?

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 Post subject: Re: Older Doodles
PostPosted: 11 Jan 2018, 22:11 
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Hello, Janet and your girls!

Molly is now 11, and Saffie 10. Both have had fatty lumps removed in the past few years. Molly has had 2 lots of surgery, the last when she was 10, and Saffie once, at a younger age. Each time, they had 3-4 lumps removed. I took the vet’s advice and a couple of lumps were tested where she wasn’t fully confident they were just fatty lumps - and thankfully they were just fatty lumps too.
For the past year or so, Molly has had numerous fatty lumps all over her tummy, chest and inner thighs, and Saffie has one larger lump on an inner thigh, and another smaller one on her side. The vet and I took the view that they probably were fatty lumps (vet says both Labradors and poodles are prone to them - and Molly and Saffie certainly are!) and we’d leave alone unless they were causing a discomfort to the girls. I would still have them removed if they were causing a problem, as both girls are still active and their hearts apparently healthy, I did weigh up whether to have them removed sooner because of the anaesthetic risk as they get older, but decided to leave well alone, and to just keep an eye on them. I think the vet can aspirate the lump(draw some fluid from it and have it tested) but we’ve not had that done.
Molly is slowing down, but more in stamina than liveliness! She can still steal a slipper or shoe, but is more easily caught!!!
Molly also has a bit of arthritis! She has Yumove daily which seems to help. She overdid it in the snow - her snow angels are legend!!! - and had to have a pain relief tablet afterwards!
We usually now have an hours walk in the morning and 3/4 hour late afternoon/early evening (depending on time of year) - in the summer, we often go out for longer, but punctuate the walk with coffee breaks!!
Good luck with whatever you decide about Holly’s lump. Do keep us posted!

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 Post subject: Re: Older Doodles
PostPosted: 14 Jan 2018, 15:04 
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Daisy and Poppy are the same age as Ei's girls, but they are totally different to each other! Daisy is 11, and has suffered with her joints since being diagnosed with HD at 2. SHe now has arthritis in her front toes and wrists. One wrist was so bad that she had an op to fuse it last May. The op didn't work so was re-done in November and she is now finally allowed to go out walking, and we are faced with re-building the muscles that have wasted away over 9 months of no walking :-( - a bit of a tall order, but she is indomitable in spirit and we will get her out and about on her walks, though maybe a little more restricted to what she is used to. She has lumps and bumps - all fatty, and not in any positions that worry her so far. She is a strong healthy dog apart from her joints, so has been able to cope well with the operations she has had - 3 big ops and 4 sedations for x-rays in 9 months. I have had blood tests done all along the way, and her vital organs are all still functioning as they should!

Poppy is 10 and is remarkable. She has 2 hour long walks a day, is still a visiting therapy dog, does agility training twice a week, and competes about once a month - more in the summer. She is even still winning the odd competition, and is top of the leader board in the winter league she is in. No-one has told her she is supposed to be slowing down! She is 21" and 16kg, so a skinny minnie, but even so she has managed to pick up a single fatty lump along the way!

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 Post subject: Re: Older Doodles
PostPosted: 27 Jan 2018, 10:51 
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Thanks for the replies Eileenandmolly sounds like your 2 are full of energy still which is great to hear .

Hi to you Bid, you always used to help us in the early days of doodle wilderness when everything was a challenge back then :lol: Sorry to hear about Daisy's problems. Our Daisy has always had problems after breaking her leg very badly as a puppy and then her cruciate ligament went a couple of years back but she is still ok and wants to run, it would be cruel to stop her she would be depressed without off lead runs. She is 9 this year , very happy and active and still as naughty rolling in fox poo and causing mayhem :lol: I'd love Holly to be a therapy dog, she would be great, how do I go about this Bid? Xxx

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 Post subject: Re: Older Doodles
PostPosted: 27 Jan 2018, 19:55 
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Ha ha - Daisy by name, Crazy by nature! :lol: :lol: Glad to hear she is growing old disgracefully!

There are a few organisations that assess therapy dogs - we are wuth this one ... http://therapydogsnationwide.org/

Basically they assess your dog for things like taking a treat gently, reacting appropriately to loud noises and so on, then you register. Hopefully there is someone nearby who you can shadow on a visit to see what is involved. Give it a go - it is a great thing to do and the dogs love it!

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