I have been reading up on the diseases inherent to B's and was looking specifically into the Fanconi testing. I called the local vet clinic that is supposed to be fantastic (Alameda East - the clinic that is on Animal Planet's "E-vet Interns" t.v. show) and left a message with their lab person about the Fanconi test…but haven't heard back. They also have a vet there that specializes in renal diseases (which might be a good resource if we need it someday).
Do you know if there is another way to go about testing? I am 100% willing to do it (& my breeder said if the puppy comes back positive for it he will take the puppy back)...I'm just not sure how to go about getting the blood test done.
Thanks so much for your anticipated help!
All you really have to do is find a vet that will send out blood samples, that is actually the harder part. When that is done, print off the forms from the Canine Pheonome Project (after you've enrolled) and take them in with you. You can have the blood draw done when you take your pup in for its check up and/or next round of shots (age doesn't matter for this test). The vet that does the blood draw will have nothing to do with the testing. Since it is a new test there are many vets that are not familiar with it, and/or won't send samples to outside sources. It took me 3 vets till i found one that would do it. I'm guessing you're in the Denver area (by the vet you mentioned) there is a good population of basenji's in Colorado so the vets should have some familiarity with them.
Please ask if you have any more questions, we are all here to support each other and learn from each other.
Welcome to the forum, and a big thumbs up for doing your research into the breeds health and everything. Don't worry about that you got your pup from a BYB, we all have little "bumps", it's no big deal. I got my boxer from a pet store that sold just puppies, I thought that it was better than the ones in malls and such because the pups had more room and a whole list of other things I was clouded over. In the end, we learn, and help educate others. And I got lucky that Reggie is healthy and has no health issues. Stay enjoy the forum, and WE NEED PICTURES