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Basenji Pet Insurance
Basenjis are small hunting dog that originally comes from Africa. They have a wrinkled head and a curled tail. Basenjis are known as "barkless dogs" because they do not bark. When excited, they make a noise that sounds like they are yodeling.
Common Health Issues In Basenjis
Most Basenjis are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Basenji are:
- Elbow Dysplasia and Hip Dysplasia: Hip and elbow dysplasia are extremely common in this breed. It occurs when the joint sockets do not properly form, which can cause their elbow or hip to pop out. If your dog has dysplasia, their limbs may be in pain or cause them to limp. Your vet can discuss what can be done to help manage the signs of pain and help decrease arthritis formation so that your Basenjis can live a long and happy life.
- Patella Luxation: Many small breed dogs have luxating patella. This occurs when their kneecaps pop in and out of place. It can cause your dog to need surgery to help keep their kneecaps in place and prevent arthritis.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): This eye diseases cause gradual deterioration of your dog's retina. When the disease is first starting, your dog may only seem blind at night. As the disease progresses, they will also lose their eyesight during the day. Many dogs will quickly adapt to their limited or lost vision as long as their surroundings remain the same.
All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your Basenji healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Basenji, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your Basenji
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Basenji, you should ensure that many health issues that are commonly seen in Basenji are covered. You will also want to find insurance that has short waiting times on treatment and surgery. If you prolong these procedures, your dog could have permanent health issues.
Certain health conditions are often considered genetic or are pre-existing conditions and may not be covered for your Basenji.
You could also consider enrolling in Pet Assure, a veterinary discount plan that is a low-cost pet insurance alternative. This plan has no exclusions due to age, breed, or hereditary conditions. Even pre-existing conditions are covered! Get a quote today. It's perfect for Basenji!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM