• SF Bay Basenjis

    Thank you everyone for your responses. Yes I did a whole panel for all kinds of diseases that could be born from tick and other insects and it was all negative or Inconclusive which is concerning. Going to an internal med doc this Saturday hoping to figure this all out and I will keep everyone posted. Thank you for your support and I'm so glad I'm on this forum.

  • SF Bay Basenjis

    Hi all, took Kala to internal med and she definitely has vision impairment and chest X-ray was negative. The internist wants me to go back to the eye specialist. Have any of you heard of optical neuropathy due to inflation of the eyes?


  • @mosenji - for sure go back to the eye specialist. And I have never heard of Optical neuropathy in dogs


  • I have never come across it either - the eye specialist OUGHT to be able to get to the bottom of things. Good luck

  • SF Bay Basenjis

    Hello Basenji lovers who replied to me. My update about Kala.
    Since neither the internal med vet, the opthamologist nor general vet could find out what is going on with Kala, she is diagnosed with autoimmune disorder. No real test for it, nor medicine. She has been on cyclosporine, prednisone pills and Durezol drops and her eyes seem to improve. Now we are tapering down the meds but I have added CBD to her meals twice a day and I think that has made the most positive affect. Her vision is improved but not back to normal. I am hopeful. 🙂


  • @mosenji said in Eye issues causing vision impairment:

    She has been on cyclosporine, prednisone pills and Durezol drops and her eyes seem to improve.

    The Durezol is going to relieve the eye inflammation. Hopefully the Cyclosporine and Prednisone will treat whatever is causing the inflammation. Please keep us updated, our thoughts are with you.

  • SF Bay Basenjis

    Update on Kala. She now can't see much but has been using her nose, hearing and amazing Basenji memory and instinct to get around. I am actually amazed at her but I am devastated to say the least. She picks up on my sadness and tears. She came close to me to smell my tears the other day. She is only 5 and 1/2 years old and it is sad not to see her zoom through the park and play being the Basenji she is. I am thankful to have this site and all the caring humans and furry ones to listen.


  • You will be surprised at how well she will adapt, and be perfectly happy, in familiar surroundings. I can well understand your tears and so can she. Basenjis are such sympathetic creatures !


  • @mosenji
    Curious, did you ever test Kala for PRA? BTW did you let her breeder know about the health issues? Reputable breeders want to know these things.


  • @senjisilly - I believe that she was seen by a Ophth so they would have seen if it was PRA since she had already been losing her sight

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