Have any of you ever had a basenji with cystine bladder stones?
If so can you please advise me on a good diet and any other helpful information.
Benji is currently on Hills U/D and he is dropping weight and his coat is dull he acts like he is starving all of the time. Which he used to be a very picky eater. Also he will not drink water on his own, I have to add something to it for a little flavor. He never was a big water drinker, but now we have to monitor him all day long as it is crucial to keep fluids in him.
Benji is getting ready to turn 8 this month. I rescued him aprox 6 years ago. He's been a typical basenji, full of life and love and could run the basenji 500 for an hour nonstop.
A couple of months ago he started walking funny, like he was peddling a bike. I took him into his vet and they treated him for enlarged prostate, he was intact. Took two weeks worth of antibiotics and rimadyl and there was no relief. He then started becoming lame on his right front side and was wobbly and falling over.
I took him back and they gave him an xray. I was then told that he had degenerative disc disease and was given prednisone and previcox and I was told to go to chiropractic care.
After taking only 3 prenisones he started defecating blood. I took him off everything immediately and put him on a bland diet.
I went to see a neurologist for 2 hours to talk about hydrotherapy and made an appointment for the following week.
Two days later on a short walk I noticed he was struggling to urinate. By that evening he was completely blocked.
I took him to ER where he was needle aspirated after the catheter method did not work.
The following morning emergency surgery was done and there was a stone stuck in his penis bone as well as over 30 in his bladder. He was also neutered. That was a month ago. The stones were biopsied and found to be cystine, which happen to be rare.
His health still isn't right. He sleeps a lot more and is stiill very unstable in his back end and at times his right rear leg drags a little. It seems really stiff. He has lost muscle mass all over his body. He used to be so strong.
I've strip tested him a few times for glucose and its always normal. With his health issues I sent in a DNA swab to check for Fanconi just so it could be ruled out, hopefully.
Ive also checked his PH level and it is at 6.8.
I joined another group for cystinuria, altho Benji was never dx'd with it and there are no other Basenjis there.
I wrote Dr, Henthorn at the U of Penn who is doing research on this and have not heard back.
I've spent endless hours online looking for information if only for a good low protein diet that wont leave him feeling like he's starving and come up empty handed.
Any advice would be much appreciated :)
Thank you so much in advance.