• To my knowledge Basenji’s are allergic to chicken?

  • Chappie is a good universal food which many dogs will tolerate when they don't eat much else. But talk to your vet and ask him to consider prescribing Budesonide. It is a steroid, yes, but one which 'targets' the right areas. It does NOT lead to weight gain.

    I had a dog with no symptoms for 5 years, then the kibble we always fed was discontinued and so we looked for something as close as possible to the same composition to mix with Pedigree Chum, veggies and self imposed diets of paper tissues. Within a couple of months, she showed all the symptoms of IBS, including eating huge quantities of grass to throw up. In other words, there was an 'itch' in her tummy she was trying to get rid of.

    Tests revealed that the whole of her stomach lining was raw and red.

    We put her on to grain-free at the vet's suggestion and he started her on a course of budesonide. One pill a day. She very obviously benefited and the dose was reduced to every other day. I kept her on 3 pills a week, except if I saw ANY signs recurring, in which case I put her back on daily medication for a couple of weeks. The vets know me and entrusted me with a supply of the steroid.

    It was easier to put the entire pack on grain free kibble - it got too difficult to feed one dog apart from the rest of the pack (of 8).

    The wee girl lived another 7 years on the Budesonide ! And the rest of the pack came to no harm on grain free kibble.

    Its worth a try, so talk to your vet.

  • Are you sure it's IBS? I'm wondering if what's ailing Freddie might be EPI?


    There are (at least) a couple of EPI support groups on Facebook who could guide you to proper testing/diagnosis. And there are a few basenjis in the group: EPI - Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs (Original). Another group is: EPI - K9EPIGlobal.

    Best wishes to you and Freddie in getting this resolved.


  • @branch - Many dogs have chicken allergies, not limited or that normal for Basenjis.

  • @branch I know of a lot of Basenjis that eat chicken.
    Including Miss Bliss. However, as with humans, allergies are individual.Bliss loves raw chicken legs, that are no problem, but, cooked chicken gives her the runs.
    Hope this helps.

  • I'm a big fan of Pure Pumpkin (not pie mix). It's inexpensive. A (generic brand) can in the US can be found for less than $1USD and there is a lot of pumpkin in it! I generally freeze small spoonfuls (~1 tablespoon or less) on a cookie sheet, then put them into a zippered freezer bag for storage. Give your dog one daily. Dogs love the flavor, it's good for them nutritionally, and somehow it seems to settle an upset GI tract.

    This doesn't replace proper Vet care, but... it's should help with your dog's digestion issues.

  • @erica-ruth I forgot to ad... Freddie is good looking Basenji. đź‘Ť I think you're doing the right thing... sorting this out with your vet. Seems to me you're on top of it. Also, while I had similar issues with my older dog, I never got an IBS diagnosis, so anything I add to this discussion is suspect. I'd not heard of Budesonide before this thread. Definitely going to archive that tidbit. Thanks for that @Zande. I wish you and Freddie the best.

  • @jengosmonkey It is not called Budesonide everywhere and it almost certainly has a different name away from the UK.

    It has a generic name which escapes me at the moment. I think it is mostly prescribed for humans and certainly I never managed to find it on line at all, let alone without a vet's prescription. It wasn't cheap, about $1.50 a day from the VET, but it was well worth it for the seven carefree years we had with that girl as a member of the pack.

  • @zande said in IBS in basenji:

    It is not called Budesonide everywhere and it almost certainly has a different name away from the UK.

    Here's a link to a fairly good description that includes other names...

  • @jengosmonkey That is a very interesting link. My girl suffered none of the possible side effects. No lethargy, listlessness, weight gain and her shape remained immaculate till the day she died. But she no longer suffered from IBS.

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