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BETSUNS BLIZZARD BONTRAP
Sire: Hoofprint Viking Trapper
Dam: Foxhill Lady Frosted Crystal
Owner/Breeder: Bette Gordon
June 11, 1996 - January 23, 2006
9 years, 7 months
* Likely insult to heart earlier in life causing injury and secondary fibrosis
** No lesions were described in necropsy, but a lick granuloma was described in history
Interpretation of necropsy results:
The most notable finding on Blizzard’s necropsy exam is the presence of a thymoma (tumor of thymus gland.) This did not
appear to have spread anywhere, but was likely causing pressure in the chest and difficulty breathing. There is over
development (hypertrophy) of the smooth muscle in the lungs (bronchioles) that indicate that he was having breathing difficulty
for some time. There is also congestion (fluid accumulation) in the lungs, liver and spleen, which may have occurred associated
with euthanasia. However, there was also evidence of a previous trauma to the heart and secondary scarring (fibrosis) of the
heart muscle, and may have been some remaining underlying compromise to the heart muscle from that injury, such as a minor
heart attack or infarct, that was compensated for (not causing symptoms.) It is plausible that a lesser amount of congestion
could be attributed to decreased heart function without clinical symptoms.
There was a wedge-shaped area of atrophy of the kidney consistent with a prior infarct. The bone marrow reveals increased
cellularity , with a slight increase in the ration of white blood cells to red blood cells. There were Perianal fistulae and a lick
granuloma present on the skin.
There was no evidence of disease of the digestive system, endocrine system, immune system, liver/pancreas, neurological
system, skeletal system, or eyes noted.