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I haven't found any articles giving information on the effectiveness of the drops but I have read several other forums where pet owners say they're using them. There's plenty of information on the drops on product sites but you can't depend on them to be impartial or completely truthful. I have seen a couple of forums where doctors have recommended them to people for their dogs, so that makes me feel better. I'll keep looking though and let you know what I find.

Patty - I can cut their nails and brush their teeth but anything out of the ordinary I've discovered is best handled by the vet 😉 However, if drops are what he needs then so be it…we'll figure it out.

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Mine had similar problems and I had great luck switching to Taste of the Wild dog food and adding a probiotic a few times a week. I also avoid treats that have chicken, corn, soy, and wheat. He's had not one single bout of diarrhea in almost 2 years, which is amazing for a dog that I had to put on a ground beef and rice diet several times a year due to diarrhea. Good luck! I know how frustrating this is!

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My Basenji had this problem on and off for years before I finally found a good solution. I actually just posted about it elsewhere in here so I'm going to attempt to quote it in here. Let's hope it works lol.

@mandi2doors:

Copper, my oldest, has always had a sensitive stomach and would get diarrhea out of the blue all the time, so badly that he would have blood dripping from his rear. It freaked me out the first few times it happened! The vet always tried to prescribe an antibiotic but it never helped. The way I always got rid of it was to cook a pound of ground beef (rinsed), mix with a cup of cooked white rice, a cup of cottage cheese, and a cup of plain yogurt. You feed it for about 3-4 days (I always gave him about a cup and a half a day) and then start introducing their dry food back in. A friend on another forum gave me this concoction years ago and it worked perfectly for years.

Almost two years ago he got diarrhea and any time I would stop feeding the mixture it would come back. I finally consulted a holistic vet and she said I could continue feeding the mixture but needed to add some veggies to it for fiber, or I could change his dry food. She said to avoid chicken, wheat, soy, and corn. She also recommended feeding a probiotic/prebiotic several times a week in addition to two other supplements, Gastriplex and Moducare (both by Thorne). He's been on Taste of the Wild now, which is grain free (I buy the fish variety but they also have a bison/venison as well as a lamb), and and has had no problems. I'm very careful about the ingredients in the treats I give him now and have had NO diarrhea problems since changing his diet, which is absolutely wonderful!

Here are the links for what I use:

http://tinyurl.com/27jaroe
http://tinyurl.com/2adwtqn- 1 capsule 2x per day
http://tinyurl.com/276rn24 - 1 capsule 1x per day
http://tinyurl.com/2g47lsp - 1 capsule about 3x per week (I give it on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)

Good luck!!

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Copper, my oldest, has always had a sensitive stomach and would get diarrhea out of the blue all the time, so badly that he would have blood dripping from his rear. It freaked me out the first few times it happened! The vet always tried to prescribe an antibiotic but it never helped. The way I always got rid of it was to cook a pound of ground beef (rinsed), mix with a cup of cooked white rice, a cup of cottage cheese, and a cup of plain yogurt. You feed it for about 3-4 days (I always gave him about a cup and a half a day) and then start introducing their dry food back in. A friend on another forum gave me this concoction years ago and it worked perfectly for years.

Almost two years ago he got diarrhea and any time I would stop feeding the mixture it would come back. I finally consulted a holistic vet and she said I could continue feeding the mixture but needed to add some veggies to it for fiber, or I could change his dry food. She said to avoid chicken, wheat, soy, and corn. She also recommended feeding a probiotic/prebiotic several times a week in addition to two other supplements, Gastriplex and Moducare (both by Thorne). He's been on Taste of the Wild now, which is grain free (I buy the fish variety but they also have a bison/venison as well as a lamb), and and has had no problems. I'm very careful about the ingredients in the treats I give him now and have had NO diarrhea problems since changing his diet, which is absolutely wonderful!

Here are the links for what I use:

http://tinyurl.com/27jaroe
http://tinyurl.com/2adwtqn- 1 capsule 2x per day
http://tinyurl.com/276rn24 - 1 capsule 1x per day
http://tinyurl.com/2g47lsp - 1 capsule about 3x per week (I give it on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)

Good luck!!

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The vet told me to use Benadryl when we were flying from the States to Germany with our two dogs to help with the stress of flying. It didn't last the entire trip but it seemed to help and I used it on the way back as well. My friend has also had success using it on her Min Pin when he starts chewing his paws.

I used the 1mg per pound rule when dosing them to knock them out but my Min Pin friend's vet told her to start with half that amount for allergies, probably so the poor dog would hopefully be able to function on a daily basis lol. Good luck! I hope he feels better soon!

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What I've read about cineraria so far is that it's given in drop form, so that explains why it's on the poison list but still used to reverse cataracts. I'd like to try something that I can drop in his food first…I can't imagine trying to hold him down to put drops in his eyes every day but will do it if I have to 🙂 One article I read mentioned a human study in which a mixture of bilberry extract and vitamin E actually stopped lens clouding in 97% of patients.

Debra - thank you for the link to the OSU professor! I'm going to wait until after the holidays but will contact her to see what she recommends as well.

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My oldest B, Copper, is going to be 10 years old in a couple of months. At our most recent vet visit the vet mentioned that he's beginning to get cataracts so I started doing some research on preventing them in dogs and one article mentioned bilberry extract. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this or any other supplement that may improve his eye health.

Thanks!

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I met this breeder several years ago and she was really great http://www.rugosabasenjis.com/. Her name is Vickie and she's up in the same area as you. Send her an email and see what she says.

Good luck!

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Hello all! My name is Mandi and I'm new to this forum so I thought I'd introduce myself. I have two Basenjis, Copper and Opie (my "Boys"). Copper will be 10 in March and Opie just turned 8 a few weeks ago. I've had them both since they were puppies…how time flies! My husband and I don't have any children so my Boys are my only kids and are spoiled rotten as a result lol.

My husband is active duty Army so we tend to move frequently and when he deploys it's just the three of us here. He's in Afghanistan now and I have no idea what I would do without them! We currently live in Tennessee but just moved here earlier this year from three years in Germany. The plane ride wasn't fun at all. I don't know who was more stressed by the move...them or me! I used to volunteer frequently with BRAT and fostered occasionally as well before the move overseas but it's taking a while to get back into things.

I just got a job, finally, but haven't started yet. I'm going to be working as an education and career counselor at a university. The Boys are NOT going to like me going back to work after having me home all day for so long!

Anyways, that's me in a nutshell. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you!


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