We switched our 2 boys to raw from kibble about 6 months ago. The switch came because we were simply exhausted from walking them 3 times a day because they had loose stool (we don't have fenced in yard, so we need to walk them to go to the bathroom). Our vet recommended more fiber in their diet to help with loose stool. This intuitively just didn't resonate with us. Basenji are one of the most ancient breeds of dog… why on earth would more fiber be a solution to their problem (I know the theoretical why, but logically it was counter-intuitive)? We read many sources or literature on the raw diet and thought this would be a good switch for them. Again, they are an ancient breed so moving toward raw foods seemed appropriate and logical. It took that about a month for them to get really accustomed to eating raw chicken quarters, rabbit halves or pork shoulders but now they have no problem gulping their meal right down, bone and all (for those of you who don't feed raw, gulping is a normal behavior and bone is an essential part of the diet). Their digestion issues have vanished and we've even seen marked improvement in their destructive behavior. Two super happy boys now, two super happy Basenji owners!!
Fda Update On Foods Recalled
just a heads up if you have not already heard about it
Finally, the FDA has issued a ban on ALL vegetable proteins from China. They also admit that the official number of pet deaths has climbed to 4150. No doubt this will go up, but at least they have adjusted it from the number 16 that they were stubbonly clinging to. The important alert is a bit frightening in that even now the FDA can not guess at the scope of the contamination problem.
Apologies if posting the wrong place but I am trying to give the heads up as many places as I can.
Not having a basenji I tend to lurk here, but do enjoy reading boards.