My neighbors sweet Gi Gi is desperate…

My long time little baseji friend is loosing her bladder control. She's 10 yrs. and is drinking and peeing up a storm. The vet won't commit to a diagnosis, but hinted that it could be a breed thing???????? Anyone????
My neighber Marcie, is going crazy…Gi Gi is peeing in her bed!! She's thinking of trying diapers, but shoot, can't this be fixed???????? Anyone??????
I am really worried this could be a fatal outcome...Jeez, I really hope not.
This dog is special, but you all know that don't you, lol....
If anybody knows what, or how, or similar experience, PLEASE, help Gi Gi.
Michelle

Get another vet! Could be a number of things. "could be a breed thing" suggests he thinks it is Fanconi's syndrome. Lots of info on this forum about that.

polydypsia and polyuria, lots of drinking and peeing, are a sign of Fanconi Sydrome. If Gigi was never tested using the DNA test for Fanconi then your neighbor needs to get to a drug store and buy some urine test strips and test for sugar in the urine. If she is positive then she needs to have her blood tested for glucose. If the blood test is negative for glucose and there is sugar in the urine then Gigi most likely has Fanconi Syndrome.

YES! That's the word Marci said. I will look it up, BUT, she said only 10% get it? yes/no? I need more ideas. I suspect Marcie is reluctant to see another idiot, oh, I mean, VET, she and me seem to find a lot of those. Cash is an issue, it really needs to go to SOLID leads….
Thank you for the warm welcome, I have a 3 lb. chi-chi, a siamese and a balinese cat...I would love to have a basengi, AFTER the Chi. Can't do 2..lol..
Thanks again,
Michelle

How did she arrive at 10%? She needs to get the test strips and test, with GiGi being a basenji and showing symptoms she needs to test and rule it out. If GiGi does have Fanconi she can contact Dr. Gonto to get help treating her.

I gave her some test strips myself yesterday….I have not seen her today yet. Where is Gonto's practice?
Is this treatable to normal urination? or, is it going to be an eventual death sentence.
Thanks again so much.
M

Oops, I forgot, the vet told her about 10% get it…..? No? less? More? Does anyone have actual experience?
M

You can pass along Fanconi information… and if she is spilling sugar in the urine, then blood gases are needed. By the way, Dr Gonto will no longer work direct with owners, must be though a Vet. It is important that she (the owner) do this ASAP, along with sounds like finding another VET ASAP.

www.basenji.org and then search for Fanconi. Dr. Gonto's treatment protocol is available on that site that she can print and take to a Vet if they are not familiar with the breed.

And I would also question how 10% was determined? It is a genetic condition caused by a recessive gene, hence the new DNA test for Fanconi.

We have people on this list with Fanconi Afflicted Basenjis…. and while I never had one directly, I know of several people that do or did. It is fatal if not treated, it is not cureable, there is treatment that help most Basenjis.

There is also a yahoo chat group for Fanconi Afflicted dogs that once it is determined that is what she has that they can join.

Fanconi would really be the best guess I can come up with based on the information given… Unfortunately, I suspect if money is an issue and she won't pay for the test strips then I doubt she will pay for the blood gases and medication needed via Dr.Gonto's protocol to make her better. It's sad because at 10 she could still see many more years...

@Help:

I gave her some test strips myself yesterday….I have not seen her today yet. Where is Gonto's practice?
Is this treatable to normal urination? or, is it going to be an eventual death sentence.
Thanks again so much.
M

It is treatable, but can not be cured. It is a genetic disorder. Without treatment, it is a death sentence for sure. The earlier it is caught and treated the better chance to stabilize. Dr Gonto is not a Vet, see the link attached
http://basenjicompanions.org/health/fanconi/gonto.html

He has Basenjis and he is the one that developed the treatment for Fanconi. Blood gases are a must and blood panels too. Those can get expensive. The pills for treatment are not that expensive but they get many per day. Please read about Fanconi and pass that information on to the owner.

The first step would obviously be to get the definitive diagnosis. At ten, she is a bit late for developing Fanconi (if she hasn't had symptoms previously that have worsened I would wonder if it is something else). The 10% figure probably came from the percentage of incidence in the breed. I have seen this figure before. But until you actually know what you have, it is hard to predict the cost or likely outcome.

Edited to add: Fanconi and kidney failure have similar symptoms, but the treatment for each is quite different. For sure you need a vet to determine what you have and how to proceed. Doing the strip tests gives you somewhere to begin the diagnosis.

@eeeefarm:

The first step would obviously be to get the definitive diagnosis. At ten, she is a bit late for developing Fanconi (if she hasn't had symptoms previously that have worsened I would wonder if it is something else). The 10% figure probably came from the percentage of incidence in the breed. I have seen this figure before. But until you actually know what you have, it is hard to predict the cost or likely outcome.

Edited to add: Fanconi and kidney failure have similar symptoms, but the treatment for each is quite different. For sure you need a vet to determine what you have and how to proceed. Doing the strip tests gives you somewhere to begin the diagnosis.

That is not true (the age of developing Fanconi), I know Basenjis that developed Fanconi that late. Granted could be that she was showing a small amount of symptoms prior.. and not noticed or treated. And while the average is 5yrs, most of the information states 3 to 8yrs. I have known Basenjis that were 2 that developed Fanconi and as late as 11yrs. And the number stated by the Basenji Club of America is 7% as of the discovery of the DNA Test (which I assume they are talking about the linkage test, but don't know that for a fact)

We had one Basenji on the Fanconi list who developed it at age 16! So age is not a determiner. The only definitive diagnosis is spilling sugar in the urine and normal to low blood glucose - then the venous blood gases will help the vet determine the dosage of bicarbonate.

PLEASE, PLEASE urge your friend to get a vet with the knowledge and willingness to learn about and deal with this disease. Otherwise, she will watch her beloved Gigi get worse and worse and Gigi WILL die in a relatively short time. Until Dr. Gonto's protocol, this is simply what happened.

I speak from sad experience; we have lived with 6 Basenjis with Fanconi.

Terry

@Terry:

We had one Basenji on the Fanconi list who developed it at age 16! So age is not a determiner. The only definitive diagnosis is spilling sugar in the urine and normal to low blood glucose - then the venous blood gases will help the vet determine the dosage of bicarbonate.

PLEASE, PLEASE urge your friend to get a vet with the knowledge and willingness to learn about and deal with this disease. Otherwise, she will watch her beloved Gigi get worse and worse and Gigi WILL die in a relatively short time. Until Dr. Gonto's protocol, this is simply what happened.

I speak from sad experience; we have lived with 6 Basenjis with Fanconi.

Terry

Amen Terry! Hugs

I suggested 10 was old to be developing Fanconi because most are going to do so in the age range mentioned. (3 - 8 years). Obviously there may be exceptions, but if you are looking at probability rather than possibility you might want to consider other reasons for the symptoms. 16 is very interesting. It answers a question I have had about Fanconi, namely the penetrance of the gene. Many dogs will die of something else before age 16, so perhaps it is quite possible to have a Fanconi affected dog that will never display the phenotype. I think that has implications for breeders. I also wonder about what environmental conditions cause the expression of the gene. In any case, a diagnosis must be done on this dog so that the owner knows what treatment is appropriate.

@Chealsie508:

Fanconi would really be the best guess I can come up with based on the information given… Unfortunately, I suspect if money is an issue and she won't pay for the test strips then I doubt she will pay for the blood gases and medication needed via Dr.Gonto's protocol to make her better. It's sad because at 10 she could still see many more years...

I gave her a full bottle of test strips I had and no longer needed. I know they are a bit pricey, but I don't think she will hesitate with any treatment as long as she knows it's the RIGHT treatment.
Thank you…
M

Pat, I am so incredibly grateful to you and the other posters. I can't wait to see Marcie and get her on this thread. I am SO enchanted with Gi Gi, she's such a little girl….sigh....
I'm going into hospital myself on Monday for a 2 day spinal fusion procedure, working through my abdoman on Monday, then filleting my whole back on Tuesday. Rods, bolts, wires etc...I have been scared out of my mind until I heard about Gi Gi's condition yesterday, now, I can't think of anything else BUT her...
I'm grateful for the distraction I guess, but jeez!, not THIS way....
Anyway, thank you so much again...I'll keep checkin in..
Michelle

@Terry:

We had one Basenji on the Fanconi list who developed it at age 16! So age is not a determiner. The only definitive diagnosis is spilling sugar in the urine and normal to low blood glucose - then the venous blood gases will help the vet determine the dosage of bicarbonate.

PLEASE, PLEASE urge your friend to get a vet with the knowledge and willingness to learn about and deal with this disease. Otherwise, she will watch her beloved Gigi get worse and worse and Gigi WILL die in a relatively short time. Until Dr. Gonto's protocol, this is simply what happened.

I speak from sad experience; we have lived with 6 Basenjis with Fanconi.

Terry

Oh Terry, I am so sorry to hear of your pets, what a nasty disease. I am trying to contact her and will tell her. Thank you….Michelle

@eeeefarm:

I suggested 10 was old to be developing Fanconi because most are going to do so in the age range mentioned. (3 - 8 years). Obviously there may be exceptions, but if you are looking at probability rather than possibility you might want to consider other reasons for the symptoms. 16 is very interesting. It answers a question I have had about Fanconi, namely the penetrance of the gene. Many dogs will die of something else before age 16, so perhaps it is quite possible to have a Fanconi affected dog that will never display the phenotype. I think that has implications for breeders. I also wonder about what environmental conditions cause the expression of the gene. In any case, a diagnosis must be done on this dog so that the owner knows what treatment is appropriate.

The best news now is that with the direct test… we can rid our breed of Fanconi by being responsible breeders and "buyers" and not buying from a breeder that is not DNA testing with the direct test. Yes, there are ones out there that can and will develope Fanconi.. but as each year passes, the number grows smaller.
This poster didn't say how long this has been going on or what the strip testing has shows.. that is the tell tale sign... if spilling sugar in the urine it IS Fanconi and easy enough to rule out Fanconi with the strip test..... I wish that this for this girl is not the case

The symptoms are also indicative of diabetes, lots of drinking, and the urinating that follows. The glucose strips will also test positive, then a blood chemistry will show whether there is sugar in the blood as well (diabetes) or not (Fanconi).

Were the strips you gave her for glucose, not ketones? Those glucose strips are hard to find these days as most diabetics check their blood instead of urine, but they still check for ketones.

I hope your friend is able to get a diagnosis and treatment for Gigi, and I hope your surgery goes well, that is big surgery!

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