Hey everyone, update on the Nova's nose situation:
I brought her in to our vet yesterday and he immediately confirmed that her nose is not straight and there is something going on. He examined her head, face, and teeth. He pointed out to me that the cartilage in her snout was clearly bent. I asked why this would be like this and he said that, like humans, when a dog takes a strong impact to the face/nose the nose can be left crooked due to small fractures being made and then healing. He showed me in her mouth where some of her teeth have responded to the bend by growing in slightly misaligned, he explained that this meant the trauma most likely occurred in an early part of her life since her teeth have had time to adjust and respond accordingly. This made sense to me because she has never taken a serious blow or fall etc. to the face since I have had her for the last almost 3 months. She has never shown any sign of pain or discomfort with her snout or nose, even during play and when i examined her mouth, nose and snout myself.
When I asked how this bend would affect her in her life he reassured me that it will not do anything other than give her face more character
He said her adult teeth will still grow in and her chewing will be not be affected. The bend will never straighten out, and should not get any stronger with time. He told me that if I wanted the nose straight, it would involve cutting and realigning the nasal bone, then extensive orthodontics .. to which he added "what's the point?", and I agreed. As long as I know she will live a happy and healthy life without being hampered by her condition, I could not possibly care less if her nose isn't perfectly straight. I am so so so relieved to know there is nothing actually wrong with Nova! I have been so stressed and worried over this, it's such a load off to know she will not have to undergo any intrusive surgeries and that there is no danger posed to her.
One final thing, Dr. Jim took her temperature and she had a fever. He couldn't tell me why she would have a fever, said it may just be because she's "excited", but to be safe she is running a course of antibiotics. He said this should take care of the fever, and just like that we were on our way.
Thank you to everyone who responded with their thoughts and advice, really means a lot.