Hi - bit of a sad first post. I have a 10 year old Labrador called Dawson. We thought he was as fit as a fiddle - energetic and enjoying 3 good walks a day - two of them off lead running around like a lunatic with his doggy mates. At the weekend he became lethargic, off his food. To cut a long story short our vet wasn’t sure what was wrong and sent him to Ralph’s in Marlow where he was diagnosed with a tumour on his heart. They said with major heart surgery and chemo they might be able to give him a few months more but we were not willing to put him through that. They’ve drained away all the fluid that was making him feel so ill and he’s back home with us. Vet says he’ll be ‘nearly normal’ for a few days (12 max) before the symptoms return. As soon as he shows signs of pain or discomfort we will have him put down. The vet said we were doing the right thing not going for the op and chemo (surprised they offered to do it) but we still feel awful. I’ve been through this before having had dogs but for my husband and (adult) kids it’s the first time and it’s hit us all hard. Anyway - he’s fine at the moment. We brought him home yesterday and he was keen to go for walks though we are keeping him on the lead or he would want to play with other dogs. My dog walking friends brought special treats to the park for him and we have abandoned dog food and are giving him chicken, beef etc. He had a good sleep last night and was ready for his usual walk this morning.