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“This beautiful and audacious name is Arabic and Swahili for ‘Strong’. Having great power or influence. Having the power to persuade. Marked by the ability to withstand stress without structural damage or distortion. Not showing weakness or uncertainty.”
Jabari 6 days after arriving. He survived the OAS hoarding situation in Washington state and was one of 124 dogs rescued by Guardians of Rescue and brought to RUFFF, a rescue in our area which provided the space needed to set up kennels to house these dogs. We took him in as I have been involved with this breed for 38 years and he has some behavioral issues which are already improving.
We suspect (and our vet does, too) that thyroid tests will prove him to be low thyroid and his health & mood will improve on thyroxine supplementation. Jan. 17- Update- thyroid tests were in low normal range, but we were told he may benefit from low dose supplementation and will update in a few days. He has been spending a lot of time on his heat mat and has skin issues and skin darkening that also goes along with low thyroid… Dr. Dodds describes some dogs as “subclinical hypothyroid” if they fall in the lower 50% of normal and have symptoms of low thyroid, especially aggression or fear. Dr. Dodds said we could try a low dose of thyroxine because of his clinical signs. His temperament improved over night and he stopped spending all his time on his heat mat. His skin is also improving after 9 days on thyroxine. We also had Hemopet lab run a full CBC/serum chemistries and heartworm test. A few values were out of normal range, but he looks remarkably well considering where he came from. HWT was negative, thankfully… update Jan. 21- unfortunately, when I tested his urine for glucose, he showed that he was “spilling some sugar”. A normal blood glucose with a postive urine glucose is indicative of Fanconi Syndrome, which can be genetic in basenjis. It used to kill many of them, but there is now a somewhat complicated protocol which can give them a longer, quality life. Fortunately, since I have had this breed in the past, I knew about the need for monthly urine testing…we must now have his blood gasses done on Feb. 4 to determine what amounts of supplements he needs to treat him. We also are doing the OFA genetic oral swab test to see if he is genetically afflicted or perhaps just has acquired Fanconi, from the poor care he had received. BCOA has the protocol on their website- Fanconi Disease Management Protocol for Veterinarians
By Steve Gonto, M.M.Sc., Ph.D. Revised September 22, 2003
Jan. 18.. after just a few small doses of thyroxine.
Here is an article about the horrendous conditions at OAS, where he came from with 123 other dogs right before Christmas.
March 2014 update. Jabari was somewhat afraid of our other dogs and deserved a family of his own. Our friend Keith (a BRAT volunteer) picked him up after he had been with us 5 weeks and delivered him to the best home ever! Bernard was raised with basenjis and his daughters and Jabari have really bonded. They love him and were willing to deal with his health needs. Thank you, Keith, Bernard, Kenzie and Kiana! Doesn’t Jabari look happy and proud?