Boxer Dog Health
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Boxer Dog Health

The word Boxer instantly gives rise to an image: blunt face with a steady gaze that hides a glint of mischief, incredible grace and amazing strength. The Boxer definitely has a certain zest and joy for life that makes it a whole lot of fun. Affectionate with children and a steadfast companion and guardian, a Boxer is a dog for the whole family. Low maintenance, intelligent and versatile – what more could a dog owner want?

Unfortunately, for a Boxer dog, health is something of a problem. The Boxer is susceptible to several potential health problems like hip dysplasia and aortic stenosis. The Boxer needs a lot of exercise to keep itself trim and to keep any digestive problems at bay. The Boxer dog health problems also include bloat and digestive problems. Although rare, Boxer dogs are also threatened by tumors that can be benign or malignant. They may also suffer from hypothyroidism. Now, that’s quite a bundle of health problems for a dog! But dog owners can take heart; there is still a big ray of light at the end of the tunnel.

Hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism is a commonly inherited condition that many breeds are born with. The presence of these conditions can be predetermined by testing breeding stock before mating. Dogs that suffer from hip dysplasia should not be bred. Dogs that suffer from hypothyroidism should be carefully bred with other non-thyroid dogs. This is because while thyroid diseases can be controlled by medicine, dysplastic dogs cannot be cured or alleviated without surgery. Thus the only way out for prospective Boxer buyers is to ask breeders for proof regarding the lineage of the dog. The litter’s sire and dam should be free of dysplasia and owners must ascertain the thyroid status of both puppy parents.

Bloat is a serious and life-threatening disease that strikes most big breeds of dogs. This is a serious problem that threatens the Boxer dog health. This is because while the diagnosis of bloat is simple, the pathological changes wrought by the disease within the dog’s body are so complex that treatment becomes expensive, complicated and not very successful. What commonly causes Bloat is a habit of bolting food followed by gulping air or drinking large quantities of water, followed by vigorous exercise. Of course, all cases of Bloat need not necessarily follow this pattern, and the fact that some breeds have a predisposition towards this kind of problem complicates matters. In some dogs belching or vomiting food usually relives symptoms. But in a predisposed breed, if these symptoms occur more than twice or thrice, a vet may advice measures that will help reduce occurrence of Bloat. Incidence of Bloat may reduce if dogs are fed smaller portions at one time. Owners should also stick to premium dog food diets instead of relying on table scraps; it does good to remember that table food is for humans. Spicy and rich table foods must be avoided at all costs. Allow a dog sufficient time to digest his food before you take him for a rigorous round of exercise. However, in spite of all precautionary measure, Bloat cannot be completely prevented and constant vigilance is necessary to ensure you Boxer dog health.

After reading this, a potential dog owner may rethink his decision to buy a Boxer. Dog health is a matter of care and vigilance. The occurrence of these conditions is relatively low. If you buy the dog after investigating the parents of the dog and buy your pup from an ethical breeder, chances of these problems plaguing your Boxer is minimal. A Boxer is a trustworthy pet; his active intelligence, athleticism and loyalty make him high-caliber pet material. .

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