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Basenji Age and End of Life


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The ageing Basenji



If they are kept well, it is possible that a Basenji becomes 18 years old. One can count on normally a life span of 12 to 15 years. The ageing of a Basenji becomes noticeable only gradually. First there are a few gray hairs on his snout. Then he becomes less mentally alert. Then one finds that he becomes more and more dependent and wants to be close to us. He also wants more attention and petting. He may sneak quietly under a desk and sleeps more. Finally he shows some wobbliness or even stumbles.


The older Basenji needs less movement and more sleep. However, he still remains active. He occasionally behaves like a puppy, plays and bounces around as if he were young again. It is thus advisable to repeatedly offer him something new, although the normal routine becomes more important.


Usually he also keeps his appetite. Nevertheless, one should gradually reduce his portions ( three times per day a small portion ) because ageing it is easier for a lean Basenji. The food balance has to correspond to his age. Basenji Hints  It is essential to watch their health. More and more he needs to be rubbed with odorless hair lotion for a healthy fur.


One will increasingly notice the beginning ageing process of ones Basenji. In addition to the regular and controlling care the timely involvement of a veterinarian makes sense in order to treat new or hidden illnesses


When illnesses and pain can no longer be treated reasonably well, but only then, you have to have the courage to make the decision to spare the Basenji insufferable agonies. It is advisable to have the veterinarian come to your house to liberate your dear dog from pain and suffering in his own surroundings without unnecessary stress. Ask the veterinarian early on whether or not he would come to your house at the end of your dogs life. Think more of your Basenji and less of your loss; that will help you. All dog owners have to master this painful state. Saying goodbye. It is a help to recall the puppy-time and the untroubled devotedness of your Basenji.


Tips End of Life: My Observations, aided by Basenjis Ways to Communicate

When the life of your Basenji approaches its end and the question poses itself whether or not the help of a veterinarian or homeopath is needed to spare the dog pains and discomfort I suggest, based on my own multiple experiences, to watch above all for the signal you dear dog is giving you. It will be shown more and more signals. body gesture.


He increasingly is staring at you incessantly. He becomes anxious and will increasingly seek your companionship. In the last phase of his life he does not want to be alone and only want to be with you. Take the time to comfort him.


Clear signs that the end is near are increasing physical symptoms. He becomes weak, trebles, falls and occasionally is unable to stand on his legs. He may have seizures. Maybe he occasionally growls because he is in pain. At the end he is gasping and wheezing – it is all too much for him.

When it gets even worse, he does not want to leave his bed and growls at you. At this point, he might seek a hiding place where to die. Leave him this option.


If you think his pains needs help, call a veterinarian for help. It is best to have the veterinarian come to your home to spare the old and sick dog all the turmoil of a trip to the veterinarians’ office.