Jager is the Newfoundland that Rosie was running with. She was covered with mats all over her body when she arrived. The two girls were so happy to be reunited! We planned to have her spayed almost immediately, but upon our vet’s evaluation of her, there were multiple concerns. Her white blood cell count was elevated, and the hematocrit is low. She is also anemic. When listening to her heart, he could hear a slight murmur and also some muffling sounds which could be coming from her lungs. He did a chest x-ray and could see a “bulge” near her heart. The trachea is normally straight and there is a curve to hers. He also took an x-ray of her abdomen and her abdomen looked similar to Rosie’s, where there might have been some free fluid. After a consultation with the cardiologist, we found out that Jager is fine! What they were seeing on the x-rays is her aorta. It is larger and wraps around the bottom of her heart a bit, which is apparently semi-common in Newfoundlands. Jager is in good health and she is cleared to undergo anesthesia, so we will move forward with having her spayed and simultaneous entropian surgery on her lower lids.
UPDATE: Jager was adopted at the end of August by a wonderful couple. They actually adopted the newfie in the picture from us 3 years ago. Her name is Joplin. They were looking for a buddy for her and the two girls just seemed to do very well together. I have received daily updates and Jager has settled into her new home quite easily.