@carlbick Basenjis are known as Congo terriers in Africa I believe. They are tenacious like terriers, so your vet could be part correct.
Need better pictures, standing, sitting, side view etc, but I would say at least part basenji, maybe even full basenji.The only thing that looked maybe a bit different is the front of her mouth but that might just be the picture.
@zande We tried Denamarin and milk thistle supplements, which helped her liver so it looked good on the ultrasound. The problem was that neither brought her enzymes down.
Ursodiol did bring them down during her last year but the vet said that having high enzymes / liver values is basically like having toxins in the blood that degraded her brain. Over time they can cause the brain problems.
@zande I don’t think it was the Denamarin, it was the high liver enzymes the vet said were most likely. I guess if the liver enzymes are high, it causes deterioration in the brain.
So while her liver looked good to the end because of the supplements, the high liver enzymes are somewhat toxic and deteriorated the brain function. The vets said it does that over time and we battled the high enzymes for five years in total. The ursodiol did bring them down at the end somewhat but we tried a few other things before that with no success. We were doing bloodwork every three months, then every six weeks at one point.
I had a girl with elevated liver enzymes for years, they became progressively worse despite ursodiol and liver vitamin supplements, denamarin was one. She seemed ok for a long time and never really had symptoms.
We had many blood tests, a Cushing test, three ultrasounds. Everything came back that her liver looked good, just the high enzymes from 7yrs old or so. At 11 they went up to around 1,000 so we took another ultrasound and they said her liver looked great.
She passed at 12 after developing serious neurological issues where she had basically lost her mind and was obviously in a lot of pain. The vet said either a brain tumor or because high liver enzymes degrade the brain over time. We didn’t want an autopsy, so we will never know.
At 13+ you are in a different boat, so if it were me, I would feed supplements etc and see how the ultrasound looks.
You are right to correct the behavior immediately and be consistent every time. Basenjis are very smart and will take over / run the whole household if they are allowed.
Sounds to me like typical jealous basenji behavior. If you walk him in his own, try having your wife come with you and have her walk him.
@davcoz I agree with the others, it is always a tough decision.
Interest in food is good. In your position I would continue to do what I could for him for so long as he is not in pain or suffering. It is hard to understand and seems odd, but as others have said, you just know when it is time. It is also possible that he may pass peacefully in his sleep and you will not be forced to make the decision.
@yaleezaforeva With my first B I tried everything and nothing worked. We got him my second B (a girl) and the problem went away. My 3rd B just sits in the crate and waits for us to come back.
They don’t like being alone and IMO they should not be left alone for more than a few hours. My first chewed his way out of a metal crate, which is why we finally got a girl.