Doh… vet said she needs to lose about a pound

  • First Basenji's

    I do trust and like this vet. I don't think she necessarily knows specifically about Basenjis. When she stated her evaluation, she grabbed the loose skin around Bowpi's chest area and pointed that out as the specific area that could be trimmed back. She said she's looking good, but losing a pound would make her even fitter for "her kind," by which I think she meant sighthound.

    Which leads me back to a subject that I think I've talked about before here – sighthounds generally carry less fat than average, but not all are supposed to be "skinny" in the same way. I don't think B's generally look as skinny as some other sighthounds, nor are they supposed to, even though they're grouped together. I think I even recall reading in a breed book that you should be able to lift a Basenji by its loose skin (not that this is something anyone would make a habit of). Let me see if I can find that reference... If I find it, maybe I'll bring it up next time we check in at the vet. 😉


  • @curlytails:

    I think I even recall reading in a breed book that you should be able to lift a Basenji by its loose skin (not that this is something anyone would make a habit of). Let me see if I can find that reference… If I find it, maybe I'll bring it up next time we check in at the vet. 😉

    I have also seen that remark made of Basenjis, and in fact I had one bitch who didn't mind me doing that at all! Basenjis should have loose skin. Certainly all of mine have been that way.


  • Curlytails, There is a simple solution. Get an opinion from another vet that is well versed in Basenjis. If your vet wanted to be well versed in Basenjis, don't you think she would spend the time and effort educating herself on her own?


  • Our breed standard calls for loose and pliant skin. Losing weight is not going to lessen the loose skin. Nicky probably had enough skin for two dogs and a good thing too because they took a huge square of it out when he had his cancer surgery 3 years ago. He still has loose skin, just not as much.

    If she has clearly visible waist and you can easily feel her ribs when she is standing then she is probably at a fine weight.


  • A dog of most breeds would have to be seriously overweight for loose skin to dissappear, and losing weight would only make it looser.

    A better guage is to run your finger over the rib cage. If you have to push in more than a very slight pressure to feel the ribs, the dog is carrying extra weight. Tuck from the side should be visible, but also from above when standing. A seated or curled up dog will look like it has a thicker waist than a standing one just like we do

    She looks fine to me. Very happy too.

  • First Basenji's

    She is very happy indeed. 🙂 Just got back from a couple hours at the beach today, whee!

    Anyway, I took her to the vet for a weigh-in last month. She checked in (after a big ol' poop around the corner) at 19.7 pounds! I could not tell the difference with my eyes, and I really didn't think I'd been cutting back so much… the vet should have no complaints now. Her appetite and energy levels are normal, her skin and fur are nice... I guess I'll keep doing what I've been doing, but she can get raw eggs twice a week again and I won't feel so bad about slipping her an extra treat every now and then. 😉

    I thought these were interesting pictures of her loose skin from around the time I weighed her last month:

    The only thing now is I have to watch it even more carefully with the Comfortis, since both dogs were given the dosage for 20-40 pounds. I wasn't giving her the full pill anyway since I've heard of several dogs react badly to it when they were at borderline weights. And she is borderline, with weight that apparently fluctuates more than I can easily perceive.

  • First Basenji's

    She does indeed look in great shape! I loved that shot of her 'pudge sit…' LOL! My older girl Candi had a 'licking granuloma' on her foot, right above the metatarsals. Anyway, did the Vet visit, went through the antibiotics, went down a bit, then returned. During her 10 days on antibiotics, I was rubbing Novalsan antiseptic cream on it and covering it (not too tight) with a torn piece of ace wrap that had velcro on it. Believe it or not, it stayed on all night for the first 7 days, then she figured out how to take it off and I would take it off for her to go outside. The time it stayed on however, did help the granuloma to finally recede-I believe. Because I was not going to take her back for another round of anitbiotics. They just have to stop the licking. It is gone,but the scar is there with no hair growth. Hope you can conquer this for her sake!

  • First Basenji's

    The only thing now is I have to watch it even more carefully with the Comfortis, since both dogs were given the dosage for 20-40 pounds. I wasn't giving her the full pill anyway since I've heard of several dogs react badly to it when they were at borderline weights. And she is borderline, with weight that apparently fluctuates more than I can easily perceive.

    a note on this, when my guys were borderline weight, I went for the smaller size dose (I use Advantix) and I have not seen any flea/ticks. A reminder, I live next to a very wooded area and have only pulled a total of 6 ticks off the combined three dogs in 7 years. My neighbor uses Comfortis and her dogs get all the side effects of rash/hotspots etc.

  • First Basenji's

    Thanks for the tips! I was just going to give her half a pill until this batch runs out, then I'll get her the lower dose next time. I try not to give her flea medication during the coldest parts of the year, but we do keep the other dog on flea meds year-round because he's got allergies that flare up with just a bite.

    And yes, five months later, the lick granuloma is still there. >_< It hasn't gotten any bigger, and we rarely catch her licking it – but she IS sneaky like that. The vet discouraged wrapping it when she gave us a Betagen spray to try and shrink the thing down... but I don't think it'd hurt to look into OTC ointments and try wrapping it for a while. We just kind of let that one be since it didn't seem to be bothering her, it's not going anywhere, and it's not cancerous. It just won't go away on its own!


  • I'm puzzled because if she has the correct pliant skin for a Basenji, it would get fewer wrinkles if she was too fat. I stand to be corrected here but thats what happens to mine!!

    I think she looks very good and that she has no need to lose any weight. Her coat is gleaming. Congratulations to you for keeping her in such lovely condition!

    I've only ever had to remove ticks from our collies - the Basenjis have never had one but I can understand that you feel the need to give medicine but personally I only give conventional medicine to a Basenji if I (and my vet) consider it totally necessary.

Suggested Topics

  • 1
  • 5
  • 6
  • 13
  • 12
  • 14