My big race dog,Rocky(semi-retired) is on the Ketogenic diet. The reason for this is that he was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2006. This diet is raw beef,a small amount of veg.(kale,broccoili,spinach,red cabbage,etc.) and a tablespoon of coconut oil. I also add his many supplements. This diet has helped him beat the odds and he is now cancer free after being told he had 3 months to live. I also add an egg 2x a week and a pet-cal daily. I have found that this diet is also wonderful for my other dogs to keep them healthy. In a day when cancer is out of control in the canine population I will do what I can to keep my dogs from ever being affected again.
I buy a 73%/27% ground beef mix from Walmart.It comes in a tube and is very easy to handle. I also add chicken livers and chicken giblets. I package it in freezer bags and store the thawed for the day in a container in the frig.
It doesn't take long at all and I've never had a problem with it.
Why don't you just give raw a try or at the very least cook some chicken or beef with some veg.
Kibble of any kind is not ideal for dogs. A species appropriate diet is a raw one. Dogs didn't evolve to
eat kibble,I'm sure the native basenjis ate whatever what was tossed to them or whatever they could
catch. Our dogs would all be healthier if they stuck to a fresh,raw or gently cooked diet.
I'm sure your B will gobble up this type of diet.
CBD is a life saver for pain. I suffer from chronic pain from multiple car accidents,horse wreaks,husband abuse. I have 7 herniated disks in my back/neck as well as shoulder
pain and a torn tendon in my left leg. Doctors only want to put you on opiods and I don't want them and I also have declined surgery.
I use CBD for my pain and it does work but I also use it in very high doses, 1500mg x3 and sometimes 4 times a day.
I have used it on my one basenji who was 16 + years old and had lymphoma. It kept him comfortable and was a God send.
I also used it on my B ,Rocky who had a tumor in his mouth and with other supplements is now cancer free.
Special "kidney diets" are nothing but garbage,read the label,is it any wonder your dog won't eat it.
Start feeding a raw diet,start with raw ground beef and a handful of veg. and a tablespoon of coconut oil. Dogs in renal failure need good quality protein from animal sources,not the garage in these high priced specialty diets.
I'm not rubbing your face in it as you say, I'm just a little fed up with people in general that don't do any research into the breed that they are getting.
A dog is a very big responsibility, you will have a dog for roughly 15/16 years,it is like adopting a child.
If your breeder won't take responsibility for the lives that he produced then shame on him but, also shame on you. What is done is done and now you have a problem on your hands.
I use the homeopathic remedy ignatia amara, you can get it in the health food store. I also use Valerian Root Complex also at the health food store.These will make crate training easier, It will also calm him down so he is not to aggressive. You also can try some lavender oil on your hands and pet him with it but only in areas he can't reach as basenjis will lick and clean themselves like a cat and you don't want him to ingest it. Orange ruffles also works well.
Vets will only prescribe drugs which I don't agree with anymore since I lost my beloved Thunder.
I can't stress enough to people that they find a breeder that will work with you and in my case I offer to train my pups for the owner. Being a responsible breeder is just not until the pups leave your house ,it's for the life of that dog.
I'm from the era back in 1976 that there was no testing done on basenjis. I'm not making excuses just stating a fact. When breeders started to find that some of our dogs where having "kidney issues" ,we looked for a cause.One of our breeders, Dr. Brown of Juju Kennels came up with a test but, it wasn't accurate . For years ,we relied on strip testing. But, hips where never done and the only eye testing was PPM at 8 weeks .
Long time breeders, those of use in it for 40 + years like me have established bloodlines that we know for generations. My lines go back to the late great Ch. Djakomba's Spotlight . I knew Spotty when he was only 1 year old and I got a pup from his very first litter,my bitch Mara who was Reserve Winners Bitch at the 1981 National Specialty.
I'm all for testing and I feel with the addition of the Avongaras we can again have a healthy population of basenjis.
Temperment has come a long way in our breed with the Africans.
I have nothing against you ,Debra but you have not even come close to the experience that I have with basenjis.
The reason I chose to Lure Course and Race my dogs is because they must show good temperament on the field or else they will be DQ'D.
My dogs are sound in mind and in Body and are very easy to live with.
I feel that people that want a basenji for the wrong reason should look elsewhere.And, if they go to a pet store,etc.and then can't live with there dog they end up getting rid of the dog.
I have taken in many basenjis from other sources and either kept them or turned them around and placed them in loving houses that where properly educated about the breed.
I do know what I'm talking about.
I would like to tell everyone a story about my basenji,Thunder.
Thunder has been gone now since Nov.3,2003,and a more loved
dog there never was.
Thunder was the product of one of my bitches that I sold and had
breeding rights too. She was bred to my wonderful dog,Lightning.
I have told this story many times and even all these years later,it still
makes me cry.
Thunders' dam was exposed to some bad drugs without my knowledge
as his owner had a boyfriend that abused drugs without her knowledge.
Because of this,the two pups that where born had brain damage.
To make a very long story short, Thunder had aggression related seizures.
He bit me MANY times and was very difficult to handle. He wouldn't go in his crate
and he would attack me for no good reason. He also had severe anxiety and separation
issues. But, I loved him dearly and worked to make his life as well as mine as good as possible.
With the help of a very wonderful herbalist,Marina Zacharias of Natural Rearing,I was able to get his mind on straight but only after him being on Prozac for 4 years which destroyed his liver.
He wore a muzzle everyday for his safety as well as mine,it only came off for him to eat.
He never minded and it was a good compromise for us.
I spent thousands on his treatment and I lost him at 8 years old. I never loved another basenji as
much as I loved my Thunderdog. So, if you are willing to WORK HARD and not just throw you dog away,it can be done.
I also blame Rabies vaccine for some of the aggression issues in not only basenjis today but all breeds. If you look at research, the rabies vaccine can and does cause aggression as a side effect.
Go to the Rabies Challenge Fund and look it up.
I tell people, if you are not willing to work with a basenji,don't get one, get a Golden or Shepard,Lab,etc.
Basenjis are a special breed for only the few who have the guts to stick it out.
Jeff Shettler,who's basenji,Kaden is a drug detector basenji.
You certainly trashed him enough 6 years ago. My Diva has
been wonderful and I also have Kilo who is a littermate.
Diva is a Reserve BIS Ch. and a Best in Field Lure Coursing Ch.
Both AKC/ASFA and also is a race Ch.
He did a great job breeding and she was a snap to train.
I replied with my opinion . I have bred basenjis for 41 years and have educated many puppy people.
I tell people that when they bring a basenji into there house that they are bringing a " mini wolf" into there house.
Trainers that train other breeds are not equipped to "handle" a basenji.
I have used calming herbs and homeopathic remedies with great success and I learned over the years to never take these "wild things" for granted.
I watch people with puppies when they are thinking about a basenji,if they have children,I watch how they discipline there children. Once a coup[le came out to see my pups, they where not able to handle there own children so I sent them on there way. Way to many people are not able to control there children so why would they be able to control a basenji. You have to have strong personality to be able to handle a breed as primitive as a basenji.
I have found that the new Africans are much more trainable and so I have added them to my bloodlines.
I have a basenji Service Dog who is the most remarkable dog and learns faster then a child.Her temperament is outstanding.
Debra, I know you will remember this litter,the one from Jeff S. in Georgia.
She is the bases for my new breeding program. Most breeders out there are not focusing on what is important. You must breed a dog that has a stable temperament but also sell your pups to people who are able to stand up to the uniqueness of this breed.