What is Fanconi Syndrome?

Fanconi Syndrome is a genetic disorder that can affect Basenji’s. It is a disorder of the kidney’s which causes frequent urination, and if not treated, is often fatal.

Symptoms & Diagnosis of Fancone Syndrome

A DNA test can easily detect Fanconi Syndrome. A urine test can also indicate potential problems by looking for elevated sugar levels.

Puppy Ginger Snap
Ginger Snap

Our Basenji Ginger Snap started having accidents around the house, and she had been house trained for quite some time. At first we thought she was just acting out, but it turned out to be Fanconi.

We first took her to our vet, who performed a urine test, and detected elevated sugar levels. We were able to confirm it with a DNA test.

Treatment – The Gonto Protocol

Dr. Gonto developed a protocol for treating Fanconi Syndrome. It consists of vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as sodium bicarbonate to counteract the increased PH level in the body caused by the disorder.

Bloodwork done by your vet will help determine proper dosages and allow for protocol adjustments.

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Vet Visits

If your Basenji has Fanconi , you will need to visit your vet at least monthly to do blood work, and adjust the Gonto Protocol as needed. Discipline here can save your dog’s life.


The only way to ensure that a Basenji will not be born with Fanconi is through proper breeding. It is essential when choosing a breeder, that you choose one that knows a lot about the breed, and specifically knows how to avoid passing the gene on in litters.



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