Massage. You can actually find their sore spots by how they react to your touch.
Indeed you can. When using Vitapointe, I massage it very well in and you can feel any lumps and bumps. And avoid them later with the glove, hacksaw or grooming stone.
@elbrant Indeed! It's fascinating! How much of us and our dogs is dictated by DNA!
@tanza You know, I was curious if this was accurate and also paranoid about her health in general, so I had her bloods done (the vet care in Taiwan is very affordable) and low and behold, her reading was below normal at 5! The "normal range" for ALT readings is between 12-120 according to the doc, who also said that this is a common genetic variant in some "old" breeds of dog, like huskies. He has no experience with Bs; I doubt any vet here does, but he was able to explain that she's completely healthy. The low baseline is just a thing to note for future reference so that if she spikes her ALT, it could read as just normal.
Check out this snippet of article: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Association-between-ALT-activity-and-GPT-allele-frequency-by-breed-Mean-lnALT-activity_fig2_287483370 for more info! I just think about how many dogs who have this variant test "normal" or slightly high and then suffer from "mystery" symptoms! Poor pups!
@ChanningsMom sorry for the post hijack! I'll start another thread if people seem to be super interested in the GPT allele thing.
@roux - Just as an FYI, my basenji with blood work have always been low for ALT.... so not sure I would be too concerned about it, I would of course keep an eye on it...
@tanza Might just be that this is normal for Bs! Roux being my first one, I'm learning new things every day!
@roux - Always good to discuss with your Vet... and seems like you have a very good Vet!
@roux How did you test for this? I lost all of mines paperwork at some point while moving although I don’t think he had as extensive testing either… I would love to test mine for this
@roux This is helpful, thank you!
@channingsmom I went through Embark actually! They do testing for Basenji specific genetic markers like Fanconi, PRA, PKD, and Spinal Ataxia, but also 215 other possible issues, and also physical traits. Not super expensive considering I was VERY impressed by their kit, ease of use, and website detail. You can even get PDFs or direct send the extensive results to your vet(s) and OFA
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Not much of an update but he didn’t have much appetite. Trying other meds, ran blood again- no change. Since lex adjustments appear tire better - however he’s very very picky and what he will and won’t eat changes. He is getting enough to eat that he hasn’t lost weight
Since med adjustments*