Basenji with problems

My B is just about 10 months old. He has hurt his left leg several weeks ago, and it seems that he was doing well until 3 days ago. He hurt it jumping off my bed. (i think he pulled it) he walks and runs on it fine, but when I straighten it he whines, and when he bends it all the way in to his chest, he whines. I am at a loss as to what he did to his leg and how to help his leg heal.

He also has an infection (i think) where pus is present at the end of his penis sheath. I spent hours looking online to come up with him having an infections. I am going to the vet later this week, but was wondering what you all thought of this, and any thoughts you might have to help him. I have read that garlic is a natural antibiotic, should i give him some garlic with his food?

@etzbseder:

My B is just about 10 months old. He has hurt his left leg several weeks ago, and it seems that he was doing well until 3 days ago. He hurt it jumping off my bed. (i think he pulled it) he walks and runs on it fine, but when I straighten it he whines, and when he bends it all the way in to his chest, he whines. I am at a loss as to what he did to his leg and how to help his leg heal.

He also has an infection (i think) where pus is present at the end of his penis sheath. I spent hours looking online to come up with him having an infections. I am going to the vet later this week, but was wondering what you all thought of this, and any thoughts you might have to help him. I have read that garlic is a natural antibiotic, should i give him some garlic with his food?

You should get him to the VET ASAP… and did you take him to the Vet when he first hurt the leg as if not treated this can cause problems for the rest of his life...? You should never try to pull or straighen it if there is an injury because you can make it worse... young pups with growing bones are usually restricted with crate rest and many times a soft cast on an injured leg...

I would guess that there really is NOT an infection in his sheath... I think what you are seeing is normal....

But in the end, a Vet visit is called for....

yeah, i have an appointment tuesday, but I figured i would see what you all thought

But did you take him when he first hurt his leg?

No i did not because up until the last two days, it didn't hurt him at all. and my dog's trainer said he was probably fine

It's good that you're taking him now. I wouldn't have taken him to the vet either if his leg wasn't bothering him. But definitely think now's a good time!! Keep us posted. I'd also like to hear about the infection- I think Miles has somewhat of a UTI… his tip always looks cloudy but he hardly ever licks it so it apparently does not sting. Anyways... good luck and keep us updated.

Just FTR…males often have a cloudy, or puss-like looking drippage after urinating (just one or two drips). Especially during "the season" even if they are neutered. Totally normal....just the way the sheath cleans iself...yucky but true. I wouldn't worry about a UTI unless there was a significant change in urination pattern, or if the area was red and sore looking.

Glad you are taking him in to have his leg checked.

Not to scare you but…I was talking to my next door neighbor who was walking his cat yesterday and he was saying that he only has 3 legs because the cat fell down a ladder while he was away and the person taking care of him didn't take him to be looked at by the vet. Anyway, 3 weeks later when the guy came home, the leg had to be amputated because it was infected (there was no external sign of injury other than the cat was favoring it).

Thank's for all your concern, If he had fallen off the top of the couch (where he likes to lay) it would have been a little different, but he jumped off my bed (not high at all) and later that day he was walking on it just fine, he just started favoring it lately. I'm not sure if he hurt it again or if it's something from before.

I hope your little one feels better soon..can't be too cautious with these little guys 🙂 Good luck & please let us know how it turns out.

It's just like kids. Just when you think they're getting better they do something else or they get worse…and they can talk!!!! Being a mom whether it be to kids or bs is a guilt ridden job. We can only follow out gut feelings and hope for the best. I'm sure the cat is the exception to the rule and not the norm. I think your guy will be fine. Good Luck.

Well, we are back from the vet. I am told not to worry about the infection I thought he had, it's probably just him growing up and it being mating season. as for his let, he has a swollen knee and I should keep him from stressing it and have him eat 1/4 pill 2x a day of an anti-inflamitory/pain killer, like tylenol (i think).in a week, i will return and see if he is better and if an x-ray is needed.

I am glad you got a GOOD report! Thanks for the update!!

@etzbseder:

Well, we are back from the vet. I am told not to worry about the infection I thought he had, it's probably just him growing up and it being mating season. as for his let, he has a swollen knee and I should keep him from stressing it and have him eat 1/4 pill 2x a day of an anti-inflamitory/pain killer, like tylenol (i think).in a week, i will return and see if he is better and if an x-ray is needed.

Hopefully NOT Tylenol..as acetaminaphen is toxic for most dogs. Hopefully it was something the vet perscribed. Is it is his knee (rear leg), or his elbow (front leg). If it is his rear leg, he may have a bad patella. They can pop in and out, the dog can appear to be limping, and then be fine.

@Quercus:

Hopefully NOT Tylenol..as acetaminaphen is toxic for most dogs. Hopefully it was something the vet perscribed. Is it is his knee (rear leg), or his elbow (front leg). If it is his rear leg, he may have a bad patella. They can pop in and out, the dog can appear to be limping, and then be fine.

Good points Andrea (especially the Tylenol)… I was wondering the same thing if it was his patella. but if there was swelling, could just be joint problems... or joint problems leading to something more serious

it was his front left leg and his elbow was a little swolen, but even now it's doing better, and no , not tylenol. the vet gave me "Rimady"

@etzbseder:

it was his front left leg and his elbow was a little swolen, but even now it's doing better, and no , not tylenol. the vet gave me "Rimady"

Be very careful with Rimady….. and you can seach the internet about it... (and should)... short term should not be a problem (usually) but it does/can have terrible side effects

This may sound gross but-Shadow sometimes does not clean himself enough-I put a little corn syrup near his opening on his sheath and he starts to clean himself again.

@nomrbddgs:

This may sound gross but-Shadow sometimes does not clean himself enough-I put a little corn syrup near his opening on his sheath and he starts to clean himself again.

I would be a bit concerned that some would get into his urethra and start a UTI. I think maybe a baby wipe might be a bit safer for cleaning those areas.

While I've got people looking at this, my B also has a minor umbilical hernia, I was wondering, how big of an issue is it, and should I get him fixed. Do the potential problems get overweighed by the benefits?

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