Boxer Dog Health Problems

Do you want to get a Boxer dog? You need to know some of the health problems associated with this breed. Read on to learn about Boxer dog health problems.
| Monday, November 24, 2008
The Boxer is among the most popular breed of dogs and is known for their affectionate and gentle nature. These dogs are also easy to care for and are rather athletic, faithful and can quickly become endearing members of any family. However as with other breed of dogs the boxer is also susceptible to a few health problems. Some of these health problems may be genetic while others are viral in nature. The incidence of these problems is not very high.

Following are some of the boxer dog health problems:

Aortic Stenosis
In this condition the outflow channel between the aorta which is the main artery of the body and the left ventricle becomes narrow. This problem is primarily genetic in nature. Such a narrowing can occur within the aorta or above or below the aortic valve. It can also occur in the ventricle or at the aortic valve level. Usually this defect is detected through abnormal heart beats during examination. Some dogs may show signs of fainting during activity or problems in breathing and also coughing.

Bloat

In this condition also known as gastric torsion twisting of the stomach occurs. Because of this the contents of the stomach are trapped and the resultant gases cause the abdomen to swell at a rapid pace. The dog experiences pain and this condition can eventually lead to death if it is left untreated. Bloat is among the most common Boxer dog Health problems. The symptoms can include excessive salivating, whining and panting, continuous pacing, showing signs of agitation, foamy vomiting and swelling in the abdominal area.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy is a health problem often found in most dogs including boxers. It refers to an abnormality within the heart muscle cells and this results in an irregular heart rhythm even though the dog may show no signs of illness. Occasionally in boxers the signs of this problem include episodes of weakness and collapsing.  

Corneal Ulcers

Corneal Ulcers or dystrophy is a genetic abnormality and this affects layers of cornea. Usually both eyes may be affected and this health problem in Boxers is seen where the dogs are 7 or 8 years. Boxers may experience Epithelial Dystrophy wherein painful erosions and ulcerations can be seen in the cornea.

Hip Dysplasia

This is another common health problem in boxers. It is a degenerative condition that may affect the pelvic joint or the elbow joint and can result in pain and severe lameness. Surgery is often needed to restore the functioning of the legs.

Histiocytoma

This condition is commonly seen in breeds like Scottish terriers, greyhounds and boxers among others. This is a kind of benign skin tumour. In this condition sparsely haired nodules that are dome shaped appear and these are ulcerated. These are commonly seen in the neck and head regions.

Histiocytic Ulcerrative Colitis

This is an inflammatory bowel disease and is among the most common Boxer dog health problems. In this condition inflammation and sores can be seen along the lining of the dog’s large intestine. Diarrhea is often caused in this problem. Bleeding of the inflammation or ulcers and production of pus can also be seen.

Intestinal Worms

This is a common problem in all breeds of dogs including boxers. While this problem is common with puppies, adult boxers are also prone to this problem. It often causes weakness, nausea, bloating and lack of energy in dogs.

Pyloric Stenosis

This is a problem commonly found in breeds such as boxers. In this condition an outlet from the stomach that leads to the small intestine called pylorus thickens up. This prevents the stomach from emptying its contents into the small intestine.

Deafness

Breeds such as white boxers are commonly identified to be suffering from congenital deafness.
It is important to ensure that the dog is taken from reputable breeders. Also ensure that your dog gets the right diet and moderate exercise along with regular medical support so that any health issues are properly dealt with.
   
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