The vet wasn't sure what her squishy heel was, but wasn't concerned. She said it could be some kind of fallen tendon. There was another small lump next to it. I brought ashes in for the heel lump and lack of coordination, but the vet didn't notice the hock lump and found another one, thinking that was the lump I brought her in for. The other lump is a swollen lymph node on her inner thigh. she tested for Lyme and heart worm, negative. To elaborate, ashes has been stumbly in her hind end. Falling on her butt, swaggering after running (which is rare these days).
Towards the end of the visit, during her anal gland expression, she noticed ashes standing on the top of her paw, she was immediately more concerned. She's going in for xrays this week. I apologize for the bad coordination of this post, admitting my girl is getting old is hard, admitting there is something wrong is even harder. Here are some pictures of her stance while eating, in these you can see both the swollen hock and the lymph node. She was concerned about her spine.
And yes, she is 7 pounds overweight. She has dramatically slowed down in the past 6 months, and I haven't been exercising her properly for worry of stressing her. We will be taking the weight off, we've done it plenty times before! Sometimes it's hard to tell your pup is plump until an outsider tells you!