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Boxer Dog Health Problems

 Boxer Dog Health
All dog breeds are susceptible to certain illness and health conditions. While a Boxer may be susceptible to certain ailments, this does not mean that your dog is doomed to have all of them.

Aortic Stenosis - (Heart Condition)
This is a canine issue that affects the dog's heart. The Boxer breed is more prone to this than some other dog breeds. Mild cases are sometimes not noticed and the dog will live a normal life. However, this is inherited and once passed down to Boxer puppies, those pups may have more severe cases. Therefore, the detection of this Boxer health issue is important. For dogs who do have a severe form of Aortic Stenosis, this can be very serious.
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Many of us have heard the words Arthritis and Osteoarthritis so many times that we begin to think of this as a normal and accepted part of getting older for our dogs. However, even young dogs can have this health issue. While it is true that as a dog ages, the chances of arthritis increases, your dog does not need to live in pain! There are many types of treatment for this and ways for you to make your dog more comfortable. A Boxer dog owner should be aware of the signs, diagnosis methods and treatments for this health issue, to help their Boxer dog live a happy and healthy life for as long as possible.
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This is a very serious Boxer dog health problem...And can be avoided in many cases. If the signs of canine bloat are not noticed and treatment is not given...a dog could succumb to this in as little as an hour. Bloat can happen to a Boxer dog of any age. Thankfully, the chances of getting this are greatly reduced when an owner understands how to prevent it.
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Cancer is the #1 reason serious health issue for Boxer dogs. While cancer strikes dogs of all breeds, an owner should take time to keep an eye out for early symptoms. As with humans, catching this early greatly increases the odds of survival. Boxers dogs are particularly prone to the development of mast cell tumors, lymphoma and brain tumors. White boxers, and colored boxers with white markings should be protected from the sun, as they are vulnerable to develop skin cancer if sunburns occur.
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Cardiomyopathy (Heart Condition)
Boxer Cardiomyopathy is a very complicated Boxer health condition. Studies are still underway to understand more about the canine health issue. Currently it is known that this health issue causes the heart of the dog to beat too quickly or unsteadily. This can happen at random intervals and hard to detect unless you know what symptoms to look for. If the uneven beats happen in too great of a sequence, the dog may weaken to the point of unconsciousness, coma or worse.

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Dilated Cardiomyopathy (CDM) – A Heart Disease
Cardiomyopathy is a severe inherited disease most common in Boxers and Doberman Pinschers.  It causes the heart to become swollen.  This, in turn, does not allow the heart to work as it should.  Once symptoms are noticed, tests can be performed to find out the severity of this Boxer heart disease.  Treatments will vary, including medications or surgery.
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Ear Mites
This can be quite a problem for dogs, ears mites are extremely contagious and will quickly jump from dog to dog or cat to dog. When a Boxer has ear mites, this can cause quite a bit of discomfort for the dog and you will want recognize the symptoms so that treatment can begin as soon as possible.
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Ear Infections
The Boxer dog may develop a common ear infection or have frustrating reoccuring infections. This can be caused by a wide variety of bacteria, allergies or foreign elements.  There is help for both types.  Learn about symptoms, treatment and prevention.
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Eye Diseases
The Boxer breed is prone to eye problems; most likely due to their facial structure. Cherry Eye, Corneal Dystrophy and Uveitis are some of the most common eye health issues with this dog breed. 
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Sadly, many owners believe that Heartworms only strike unclean dogs or those who are not loved and taken care of. However, this is a widespread very serious canine disease. Worms from 6 to 14 inches (15-35 cm) long grow and live in a dog's heart. They multiply; up to 300 worms can live in a dog's heart and arteries. It is vital for dog owners to understand prevention and treatment.

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Hip Dysplasia
This is a Boxer dog health issue where a malformation of the dog’s hip joint occurs, which then leads to Osteoarthritis. The Boxer dog, among other dog breeds, are prone to this health condition. Passed on genetically, this type of canine disease is progressive – meaning that it will worsen as time goes by.
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Boxer Dog Hip Dysplasia

Histiocytic Ulcerative Colitis (HUC) – A Disease of the Colon
This particular canine disease hits the Boxer breed more than any other dog breed in the world.  It causes ulcers in the lining of the dog’s large intestine.  This, in turn, causes the dog to have diarrhea and/or blood in the bowel movements.
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Intervertebral Disk Disease – A Canine Back Problem

Intervertebral disk (IVD) disease in canines can be quite serious. It may cause loss of motor function, loss of coordination and in sadly, in some case, paralysis. Common among certain breeds, a dog of any breed may develop this.
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Pyloric Stenosis – A Stomach Disease
This is a stomach condition that is seen in certain dogs without a solid explanation as to why.  The Boxer and the Boston Terrier are both prone to this. (Both dog breeds do have similar bone structure of their heads) and also among some small breed dogs.  This health issue happens when the muscles around the stomach’s exit become very thick.  With vomiting and bloating occurring, it is important to have this treated.
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Red Mange / Demodectic Mange – Skin Disease

A mite, called the Demodex lives on the skin of all dogs.  When puppies are born, these are passed on to them from mother to pups. For healthy Boxer dogs, this does not cause any concern and the dog will not have any health issues.  However, when a Boxer’s immune system is a bit down, this can cause severe health problems.  The Mange can then appear as patches on the dog’s skin.  90% of the time, the dog’s body will fight this off on its own.  In 10% of the cases, this will develop into something much more serious.
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A dog can get seizures, just like a human.  There are different types such as the Tonic-clonic, Petit Mal or Status Epilepticus.  If your Boxer dog is showing strange symptoms such as repeated behavior (as if a movie is looping over and over again), drooling, staring into space, confusion, falling down, stiff limbs or unconsciousness..learn about the different types of canine seizures, the symptoms of each and what to do if this happens.

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Thyroid Problems – Hypothyroidism
Problems with a Boxer dog’s thyroid gland can cause an alarming array of canine health issues.  When a dog’s thyroid malfunctions, it can cause problems that range from epilepsy to skin conditions. The Boxer breed is prone to having this issue and without treatment this can greatly affect the dog’s quality of life.

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Also See: Boxer with Dry Cracked Nose  |  Boxer Dog Head Shaking TremorsBoxer Dog Bad Breath

Keeping Your Boxer Healthy

To keep your Boxer healthy and allow your dog to live as long as possible:

  • Follow proper feeding guidelines.  Never allow your dog to eat your food.  Do not overfeed.
  • Give your Boxer plenty of exercise: walking, running and playing. Do not exercise him or her right after they have eaten.
  • Be sure to keep up with grooming.  Dental disease can kill.  Daily brushing must be done, as well as professional cleanings. Infections in the ears and on the face can be prevented with cleanings.
  • Offer your dog a safe, clean and calm environment.  Stress can cause disease in dogs.  Your Boxer should have a great family environment, plenty of interaction with humans and a warm and dry place to rest and sleep.  Never allow your dog to overheat by being left outside in hot weather.
  • Make sure your Boxer is always up-to-date with vaccinations and preventative Heart worm medication.
  • Bring your Boxer for regular checkups to catch any problems early.  Whenever your dog behaves outside of their regular pattern, such as not wanting to be touched,  sleeping or resting excessively, not eating as usual, etc; bring him or her to the veterinarian.