Please send some good thoughts and prayers for my sweet Checkers. She will have surgery tomorrow to remove her gallbladder, and will be in the hospital for several days. Checkers' gallbladder shows the beginning of forming mucoceles, an issue that is very common in Shelties and can very quickly be fatal if not treated immediately. We were lucky in that Checkers has been having regular ultrasounds (along with all of my other dogs over 5) to check her gallbladder, and we are catching this before it's a crisis. Please consider having your Shelties checked by ultrasound after age 5. This is such a serious issue and emergency surgery requires specialized vets and is very expensive. If your vet doesn't have an ultrasound machine, ask for a referral to one who does for this. I trust my my vet and the surgeon who will do the procedure, but I'll be on pins and needles until it's over and I can bring my precious girl home.