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The following is a list of the most common diseases found in the boxer breed. It is by no means a complete list. It also does not mean your boxer will suffer from any of the health conditions listed below. I am not posting this to scare anyone, just to familiarize people on the conditions that are sadly prevalent in our beloved breed.
** Please consult your licensed veterinarian for additional information and/or medical care.

Acne - Waxy deposits clog the hair follicles in areas such as the chin. Acne does not affect the overall health of the Boxer, so treatments should not be aggressive or overdone. Some Boxers will have an outbreak from playing with rubber toys, or eating from plastic bowls.

Aortic Stenosis - This disease is hereditary and means there is an obstruction below the aortic valve. A murmur may be heard during a physical exam. A veterinarian can diagnose this condition in a variety of ways including x-rays and an ECG. Some dogs require medication. This is a serious condition that can result in sudden death.

Cancer – An abnormal and uncontrolled growth of any cell type in the body. The overall incidence of cancer is incredibly prevalent in the Boxer. Mast-cell tumors, histiocytomas and lymphomas are very common.

Cataracts – Loss of clearness in the lens of the eyeball. Signs may include cloudiness in the inside in the center of one or both eyes, poor vision, or blindness.

Colitis – Diarrhea resulting from disease that affects the large intestine. Signs include straining to defecate, blood and mucus in the stool, and an increase in bowel movements.

Corneal Disease – A variety of diseases can affect the clearness of the cornea and also cause eye pain. Signs may include frequent blinking or squinting, rubbing eyes, excessive tearing or discharge, and bloodshot eye.

Cushing's Syndrome - The body produces too much cortisol. In most cases, the condition results from a tumor in the pituitary gland of the brain. It is usually seen in middle-aged to older dogs. Some signs are: increased thirst, hunger and need for urination, hair loss, muscle atrophy and lack of energy. There are several screening tests for Cushing's Syndrome.

Demodicosis - Demodex (red mange) is a skin disease caused by a small mite not visible to the naked eye. This mite lives down in the root of the hair. All normal dogs have a small population of mites, but only certain animals will get a disease from mite overgrowth. In some cases, the tendency to develop demodectic mange runs in families. Boxers are one of the most common breeds affected by this condition. The condition is thought to be genetically transmitted.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy - Disease of the heart muscle. This condition is extremely common in the Boxer. Early signs of this disease are a decrease in ability or willingness to exercise. Later signs may include abdominal distension, variable appetite, weight loss, coughing, fast or difficult breathing, and may even include fainting or collapse. There is no cure for cardiomyopathy. It is believed to be genetic.

Gastric Dilation (Bloat) - Boxers are particularly prone to bloat. Bloat occurs when air (gas) gets trapped in the stomach and it actually twists. Blood supply to the stomach is cut off. If your dog does not get medical attention immediately at the onset, he will die. Bloat can occur if your Boxer engages in exercise before or after eating and drinking. It also happens when your dog eats too quickly. You can help lessen the chance of bloat, by placing large toys (too big for your dog to pick up or push out of the bowl) in your dog's food dish, so he has to eat around them, thus slowing down his pace. Breaking up servings and feeding your companion two or three times per day is an appropriate recommendation, as he will not be "starving" and will be less likely to scarf his food down quickly. Never let your Boxer exercise or rough house directly before or after meals. Do not let your Boxer gulp down water. It's best to offer little bits and refill throughout the day.

Hip Dysplasia - This is a genetically transmitted problem of the hip joint. Dysplastic hips promote degenerative joint disease which can eventually incapacitate the joint. Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and surgery are all options depending on the dog and the severity.

Hypothyroidism - This condition is the most commonly diagnosed hormone problem in the Boxer. It refers to an insufficient amount of thyroid hormones being produced. Hypothyroidism can be difficult to diagnose. It is beneficial to run a basic panel evaluation T-4, free T-4, TSH and check cholesterol levels on a regular basis.
 

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Also want to add to this that many breeders as well as the ABC Foundation are continuing their research in hopes to try to eliminate these health issues to boxers.  Although many cannot be easily eliminated we cannot stress the importance of selecting breeders who health test their dogs for some of the above health issues.  

By purchasing a dog from health tested parents and from a breeder producing litters that are screened we hopefully can have a breed someday that is not prone to so many health issues.  

By purchasing a boxer from a pet store, or BYB you are continually contributing to this ongoing battle.   Esp. people who breed these dogs (untested) are also polluting the gene pool.  If they cared for the dogs like they say they do, then they will screen and health test them.   Its only fair to dogs and the longetivity of the breed  :lol:
 

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Amen!  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Very well put!
 

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Well done Tootsie and Heather-

this wonderful breed does not deserve all these ailments.
Thanks for pointing out some of the concerns we breeders go thru and test for before we even consider breeding.
 
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