Just like other breeds of dogs, boxers are also prone to certain health conditions and diseases. However, if you are aware of these health concerns, you will be able to protect your dog from falling ill. Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent and attention-worthy illnesses that your boxer dog might be susceptible to.
Younger boxers are prone to several types of digestive problems including the most deadly histiocytic ulcerative colitis, which is an inflammation of the bowel. This digestive condition may cause sores to develop in the lining of the large intestine. When a young boxer has this digestive condition, it might have constant diarrhea.
Another common digestive problem that affects boxers is bloating. Bloating usually occurs when a boxer’s stomach becomes swollen due to air. It then begins to twist and cuts off blood supply to the digestive organs, resulting in death (if not treated immediately). Bloating occurs when the boxer exercises intensively right after a meal.
Every large breed of dogs is susceptible to joint problems including the boxer. Hip dysplasia is one of the most common joint problems that boxers are prone to developing. In this genetic disorder, the boxer’s femur bone is unable to fit into the hip socket, causing abnormality in the rear body. With proper care and treatment, this painful joint disease can be corrected.
Boxers are prone to developing heart problems including aortic stenosis, which is a condition that causes the aortic valves to narrow down. These narrow valves transfer less blood to the heart, resulting in increased pressure and work. This heart condition is extremely dangerous and can result in blackouts in the dog and worse in some cases.
Another heart disease that a boxer can develop is boxer cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is a hereditary heart condition that causes the heart muscles to weaken. This disease affects the part of the heart which produces rhythms. Therefore, a boxer with this condition has irregular heart rhythms. This disease can cause faintness, weakness, and immediate death in boxers.
Demodex mite can cause skin infections in boxers that have a weaker immune system. Demodectic mange is found on virtually every boxer dog and doesn’t cause any harm. However, if the boxer has a weak immune system, these mites can cause irritation, scarring, and rashes.
A boxer dog that is not kept clean might develop ear infections and ear mites. Ear mites and ear infections can cause a lot of discomfort and irritation in boxers. These infections occur due to poor ear health and hygiene. The boxer will scratch and bite its ears to ease the pain. It is best to take your boxer to the vet before the mites are transferred onto children and other pets in the home.
To avoid health conditions like these, it is best to be aware of your boxer’s health requirements and take a proactive approach to your boxer’s health. Just like humans, prevention is your best strategy towards ensuring a healthy, happy dog. By taking your boxer to regular visits to the vet, you can decrease the chances of it developing any illness at all.