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Hi all, took Kala to internal med and she definitely has vision impairment and chest X-ray was negative. The internist wants me to go back to the eye specialist. Have any of you heard of optical neuropathy due to inflation of the eyes?

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Thank you everyone for your responses. Yes I did a whole panel for all kinds of diseases that could be born from tick and other insects and it was all negative or Inconclusive which is concerning. Going to an internal med doc this Saturday hoping to figure this all out and I will keep everyone posted. Thank you for your support and I'm so glad I'm on this forum.

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@tanza thank you and I agree with you as she didn't have night vision issues but good idea to rule out with a test.

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Kala, my almost 5 year old female baby had a tick bite last year and has developed some kind of an autoimmune condition. I took her to the vet when I noticed her eyes become red and painful. She sent me to an eye specialist and she prescribed antibiotic ointments and eye pressure drops and told me to take her to an internist. I took her to another vet and more blood work and testing, he could not find anything in her test results to pin point to a condition. She eats, plays and sleeps and lives normally but the last couple of weeks she has had major eye issues with cloudy cornea and she is sight impairment now. I do have an appointment with an internal med vet but wondering if anyone here knows of any genetic conditions which this may be from or other conditions the vets are not looking for not knowing Basenji breeds.

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Hi Lena,

I am wondering what research you have done to determine a Basenji may be the right companion for you? Basenjis are not like labs or goldens, they are not like any other dog you may have come to meet and enjoy. Even Though the wild has been taken out of most Basenjis unfortunately :(, they are still pretty wild and oftentimes not child friendly (mine have been and I was very lucky). I would spend a day with a Basenji household if at all possible or visit a reputable breeder to better understand this breed. Wish you the best.

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Hi KiwiGirl, my first Basenji (a male, congo) was completely wild and untrainable. I don't want to be negative or hopeless here, so please take this as one person's experience. Congo was treat motivated but only when he wanted to do something. Super smart and understood hundreds of words in 3 languages as we are a tri-lingual household but would do things as he pleased. Anyway I tried the clicker and it worked indoors but outdoors he was super distracted and too many stimuli for a sight and scent hound.
My 4 year old girl (Kala) is a bit better and I think the breeders are changing the genetic of the Basenji to be less wild (good and bad). I have had better luck with her but if you are looking for a lab or a shepherd level submission and trainable dog, unfortunately a Basenji may not be your breed. They are amazing dogs but you have to outsmart them and keep them busy. You have to understand what motivates them and that takes time and trust. The human Basenji owner need the training to share a life with a Basenji and not the other way around. Good luck and I am confident you will have a lot of fun.

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