- Apr 21, 2009
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My little 10-ish year old Shipperke (he's from an animal sanctuary) seems to have issues. He has a large lump on his rump the vet checked twice in the past (drew out "stuff") and said it seemed to be just a fatty cyst. Then about two years ago he got this pea size growth on the inside of his front leg. It's kind of soft and moveable. It hasn't grown though. Then last year I found a soft puffy area in the sternum area underneath. Wondered if it was a hernia. Vet didn't seem to think so. Thought they were just cysts that were not a problem. He does have a problem with a back leg sometimes. The joint above the hock in front pops out of "gear" and the leg is held up until he can get it back in motion..it hasn't really happened in the last year though. He is starting to have some age problems, cataracts developing, having trouble getting up on the bed (double pillow top, so it's high) that's at night in the dark or with only a night light on. In daylight he hops right up usually. But he is really touchy about his one side. Tonight he was laying by me on the couch (so it was sagging my direction) and he went to get up. He was able to push up into a sitting position but seemed to be unsure about getting the rest of the way up. I reached around and had just barely placed my fingertips along his side and he's kind of screamed and snapped at me and jumped off the couch. He acted like he was hurt and wasn't moving right. Kind of curved and hunched. The leg looked OK. I am thinking he may have something going on inside and am afraid it could be like cancer. I will get him to the vet; but wondered if anyone of you that have had year's of dog experience have some thoughts too.