I took my old girl Cheyenne in for her annual checkup the other day and had a full blood workup done.
The vet said she has very high liver values and has suggested we do an acid test, ex-ray, and ultrasound. I also discovered a lump on the front of her right rear leg that the vet aspirated and send to the lab. She didn't get much but what they saw is consistent with a fatty tumor. They did not see any malignant cells.
Cheyenne is around 15 years old. She is a Border Collie mix. The high values she highlighted as a concern are as follows:
Cholesterol @ 260
ALT (SGPT) @ 139
Last year in her senior blood work she had high Protein values. The vet suggested the Science Diet K/D but I went looking for a better low protein food and switched her to Blue Buffalo Senior (the better/best dog food debate is such a confusing/frustrating topic for me). This time her protein levels are at 8.7. I don't know what they were last time....she gave me a printout of the lab work this time.
I am looking for any input you guys may have. If I remember right we have a vet that frequents this forum. Cheyenne seems to be fine. I have a few concerns about this vet. She recommended doing surgery to remove the lump from her leg. However, in the past she has mentioned that it is not safe enough (due to her age?) to put her under to clean her teeth (she has the most disgusting mouth and she is a poop eater). Also, the tests she recommended are expensive. She doesn't feel anything on her liver but wants to do all of those tests to make sure (of what?). When I try to ask questions she talks in circles. I guess I am looking for advice and opinions on how to proceed.