• We had a seven panel test sent to Dr. Dodds for Petey when he was being aggressive, and it came back normal.
    I know people say she finds thyroids links to behaviour that other people do not, but that has not been my experience.
    We also tested for rickettsial diseases and did a full blood panel that came up negative as well.

  • That's interesting about allergies. Nakura has always been a grumpy girl. She's not nasty just grumps when you try to move her, doesn't like any other dog to share sofa, hates the other bitches in the house etc etc. Quite typical B behaviour, however, she is my only B who is like this. She has been fed on Royal Canin most of her life so maybe she has a problem with grains or something. I think I will buy a bag of EXPENSIVE!!! food anyway - it can't do any harm.

  • Have you thought of trying her on a completely raw diet? My mums old lab is severely allergic to wheat and dust mites (found in dry food bags) so she has to have all raw and is in amazing condition since we changed her onto that. She used to tear chunks of hair (and skin!!) out where she was so itchy! We have all of them on a raw diet now, just RC occassionally for the little ones 🙂

  • All my Bs get a lot of raw meat and veg etc. I try to go give them one meal dry, one meal raw. I would love to have them on a completely raw diet all of the time but I just cannot get a regular supplier of bones around here. The butchers will not supply them and most of the dog food suppliers won't come to my area as the fuel costs are so high. I get chicken wings from Tesco and have chicken carcasses in the past too and some liver but just can't get the bones. They like Natures Diet food which is almost raw I suppose and AMP supply us with frozen meat. The dried food is taken out of the bags and stored in plastic air tight containers in the house.

    I've just order a 13kg bag of Orijen Fish for her ?69.00 :eek: The RC costs ?30 for 15 kilos through the breeder scheme.

  • Oh, I forget that you guys are often limited for suppliers oop norf!

    Orijen is EXPENSIVE! But supposed to be really good. Fingers crossed she improves on that 🙂

  • I recommend using the OFA approved labs over Jean Dodds simply because you can have them post the results which are good for your breeder or relatives… send to Dodds for 2nd opinion of you like.

    On your B... I give poor Arwen 1/4 cup of food. It feels inhumane, but more than that 2x a day and she gains. So I add in no salt green beans to give her bulk. Some dogs are simply highly efficient food processors. Sayblee weighed same but ate 3x as much.

    I hate Hill Science, but I have to admit in all my years when I have had a dog already FAT come in, nothing takes it off as quickly as their diet food!

    http://www.workingdogs.com/doc0112.htm Good article btw.

  • Vicki - have you seen the new Animal Health product -'Alert' - it might be worth a try. As you know I have great trust in thier products which I usually find very successful.

    Please let me know the thyroid results as I'll be extremely interested. I don't think we place enough importance on thyroid testing here.

  • Patty - I saw an advert for Alert last week. I think I will give it a go as I already use quite a lot of their products, usually with success.

    I had Nakura at the vet this morning. She weighs 11kg (24.2lb). The vet didn't think she would have HT going by my description of her behaviour/eating habits etc but he has taken blood to be sent to Idexx labs. He is testing for T4 and TgAA initially as the full panel is VERY expensive. If there is any cause for concern with the T4, then he will run T4AA, T3AA etc etc.

    I've also ordered a bag of Orijen fish for her to see how she goes on a grain free diet.

    She was ever so good at the vets - even let John take the blood without putting a muzzle on her 🙂

    Although my vets aren't well educated on Basenjis, they are extremely willing to learn and do research.

    Results should be back early next week.

  • Sounds reasonable. That is the process we took with Lema. Her initial results were excellent, so we didn't have to go further with the more extensive testing. And Lema's weight issue resolved itself with controlled intake and lots of exercise running with the pack in the back acre.
    Good luck with Nakura and let us know what they find.

  • I always do the full panel. The issue is that a partial, you still only have partial. And if you suspect issues, you end up running them anyway. Of course it helps that a full panel here is not that much more than a partial (I think it was a bit under 60 or 140 for full). LOL though I did full on Sayblee because she WOULDN'T eat and full on Arwen because she gets almost nothing to eat in order to keep weight down. Both were fine.

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