Type of food
- No doubt, a dog's diet will affect both his current health and his health in the future. Such elements as chemical preservatives, coloring and flavoring can cause allergic reactions that lead to itchiness (chewing at the paws, skin rash, poor coat, etc.). There is concern that some preservatives are linked to liver issues and to cancer
. Included in this is ethoxyquin, to which the EPA answers "potential cancer risk is below the Agency’s level of concern.”
That's not too comforting to hear that cancer causing agents are
there but not at high doses. Of additional concern are the artificial preservatives BHA and BHT which are considered to be carcinogens by the National Institutes of Health.
Finally, poor nutrition is connected to increased risk of tooth decay, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.
It is also risky to offer treats that can cause possible blockage; raw hides are notorious for this dangerous and sometimes fatal issue. So, always feed your Boxer
a 5-star food and choose all-natural, healthy snacks.
- Never underestimate what a Boxer dog can mouth and accidentally swallow. Dogs do not mouth non-food items to eat them; it's done out of curiosity and/or boredom, so nothing is off limits. This can lead to choking and quite possibly internal blockage
that can be fatal.
Additionally, the use of aerosol sprays such as air fresheners and cleaning products can produce a type of indoor air pollution. There are some known toxins in many of these products including formaldehyde, camphor, ethanol and phenol and some of these sorts of sprays contain known carcinogens. You'll want to avoid using these directly near your Boxer or overusing them in the house.
In regard to lawn care chemicals, the majority are toxic to canines. These can be ingested if the Boxer chews at grass or a dog can be exposed simply walking over the area.