I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo relieved!! Molly is old, but basically healthy. She has some issues but none serious enough to even remotely consider putting her down at this time. ( YAY!!) Vet said that Molly is not showing any real signs of pain. Just discomfort from a rather nasty nasty ear infection which is secondary to her allergies. So she has a steroid for me to give her plus an antibiotic, plus ear drops and a good ear wash for her ears. She has a tumor on her eyelid, but it's not large enough to require removal right now....and she told me what to watch for so I know when it will need to be removed. Molly does have a lot of tumors (some in places I didn't even know they were there) but all are "fatty" tumors which are benign and nothing to worry about. (YAY!) Molly has indeed lost about 8 lbs, but since she was grossly overweight to begin with.........it's being watched. The cough/breathing issues could be chronic bronchitis which comes with age OR combined with the weight loss.....heartworms. So we got a blood drawl on her and I'll know Sat morning. Vet said Molly should do just fine with treatment, and if I think it's too expensive she can put her on a preventative that would stop the other animals from getting them and stop her from having new ones. But as long as my taxes come back by then I think I'll be able to manage if that is what it is. (now if she does have them it ups the chances of Rowdy also having them as he has the same cough........and that might change things as I don't think I can afford to have them both treated) Vet checked her teeth. Said they were fine. Normal for a dog with chronic allergies as they tend to wear them down from all the chewing at themselves they do. No abscesses or anything and pulling isn't necessary. (YAY) They shouldn't even be hurting her. Her glands were absolutely packed full. So I paid an extra 10 bucks to have them drained. They were soooooo full it took forever to do, which Molly was NOT thrilled with, but she has got to feel better now. Vet says Molly is otherwise very healthy. So we go back in 2 wks to make sure the ear medications have worked. And I know sat about the heartworm. Her next appointment will be with Maggie when she goes in for her next set of shots. (just easier) Nichole actually sobbed with relief. She felt so bad she couldn't come along today in case we had to put her down. I couldn't possibly be more happy my Molly girl will be with us for a while yet. And no more constant worry she is in pain and I'm neglecting her.