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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-27-2018, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Crooked Nose? Possibly Wry Mouth - Need Advice!

Hi guys, I'm writing this as a worried father because in the last few weeks I've noticed that Nova's nose (the actual fleshy black part) isn't exactly at the tip or end of her snout. Her nose isn't centred directly above her incisors, but instead most of it is on the right side of the end of her muzzle. It's not very noticeable but it is easiest to see when we're walking and I'm standing over her, her nose seems to curve to the right although her snout seems straight.

I've tried researching what this may be and I haven't found much, can't really find any similar stories or cases of concerned owners. If I'm not mistaken, wry mouth is when one half of the jaw is longer or shorter than the other, causing the snout to twist and form an uneven or uncloseable mouth. Her mouth appears to be able to close perfectly, she can breathe, eat, and has NO trouble chewing on me!

Another possibility is because she's is almost 5 months old and currently teething, that this is what has caused the misaligned nose. She has lost about 3 teeth. Could the growths spurts and changes her body is going through make one side of her upper jaw grow faster than the other side? Could this cause her nose to not be centred on her muzzle? if this is the case, her body should correct itself and the snout/nose should even out with time, right?

Of course I understand that not everything in life is perfectly straight and symmetrical, if Nova is just a dog who has a crooked nose and that's who she is and always will that's fine! I just want to be to make sure this isn't a problem that'll one day affect her ability to bite, eat, smell, chew etc. She just finished all her puppy vaccinations a few weeks ago so she isn't due at the vet for a while, but if this is something a vet needs to check out than I will definitely bring her in.

Is this something I should bring up to the breeder? If it is wry mouth, the dame and sire should never have been bred because it is passed on genetically. Nova comes from a reputable breeder, so it would be shocking to find out that they knew of this condition in their lines yet still chose to breed the dogs.

I've added a few photos to try and show you what I'm talking about, but it is hard to see in the pictures. Thank you for taking the time to read this whole thing, and thanks in advance for any replies I get, Nova is the most important thing to me and her well being is my top priority.
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Did you take her to a vet?
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I haven't yet, I thought I'd get some opinions from people on this forum before bringing her in. She isn't due at the vet anytime soon
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IMO, she looks like she has a bulge on the side of her nose which looks to be pushing it over. I would get her in to see a vet.
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It could be a lot of things causing it. You should take her to a vet.
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What kinds of things could it be?
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Could be an infection/abscess, just off the top of my head. She really needs to see a vet. No one on a forum can tell you with 100% certainty what the cause is.
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Thanks for your reply, going to make an appointment with our vet in the morning.
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Let us know what you find out. (Cute puppy, by the way)!
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Hi, she is beautiful. It almost looks like she was bitten by something, but a few weeks is a little long for a reaction to stick around, My girl got stung multiple times by a wasp while trying to eat it and the whole top of her nose was swollen like this but it went away in a few days with no issue. Take her in, better safe than sorry, hope they figure it out.
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