I found a dog food that my extremely finicky Basenji girl (w/ Fanconi) LOVES! It's called BilJac. Haley gobbles it up without me having to add anything to it! It's very exciting because we have a hard time keeping weight on her. Has anyone out there in Basenji-land tried it? Any opinions?
aaauuuuuurrrrrrggggghhhh! Wouldn't you know it????!!!! I find something Haley loves and it's crappy food! (I've given her samples of some of the ones listed on the good or better lists…....nope-she turns her little nose up at them!)
Thank you though, Fran....I appreciate the link. Now I know where I can check these foods out.
But if she likes it and if she is picky, wouldn't it be better that she eats "junkfood" rather than no food? I mean, because she has Fanconi and all. Just curious what the thoughts are on that.
In Dr. Gonto's protocol, he has recommendations for food and does state, good quality dry food. Check out the protocol.
I have had good luck with Innova Evo Red Meat Small Bites for my Fanconi Affecteds but neither of them were/are in kidney failure nor picky eaters. It is definitely a small kibble. Do you use canned food also? I use a meat based protein-Beef, Lamb, Venison, etc. for that as well. Perhaps adding a few tablespoons of canned food would help. Perhaps you could mix the Bil-Jac with another dry food and she would eat it.
Are you a member of the Fanconi Group on Yahoo? Perhaps someone on it has suggestions for other dog foods to try. There is lots of advice for pilling.
How is Haley doing on the protocol? Since she is a picky eater, do you have any problems giving pills?
I was reading up a bit on fanconi and found this website that states as part of the protocol: (http://www.basenji.org/ClubDocs/fanconiprotocol2003.pdf)
2. Any good quality dry food may be fed, with the addition of at least one can per week of HIGH PROTIEN ?wet meat? mammal meat based dog food (Beef,
Lamb?etc.) to replace long-chain amino acids and phosphorus. Poultry based foods have proven far less effective in management of this disorder then mammal based meats. The only exception to this high protien diet, in this protien-losing uropathy, is documented renal failure (increasing BUN/CREATININE). In this type situation, see the ?RENAL FAILURE HYBRID PROTOCOL? section later in this instruction set
My dog doesn't have this but I feed Wellness Core and she loves it. I also feed senior wellness to my older chow who's a picky eater and just add a bit of wet sometimes and he gobbles it up