Every dog breed is prone to some specific health disorders.Boxer is generally a health dog breed but have tendency to develop some health disorders.By knowing such disease you can save your dog from the damage before it become inevitable.Here are some diseases Boxers are prone to.
Cancer is the most leading disease disorder that causes most deaths in dogs every year.Cancer is a numerous division of body cells and can appear in any age but have been seen mostly in old dogs.The cancer is cureable in it's early stages but one should be aware of it's symptoms to nip it from the bud.Almost 35% of all dogs die with cancer.Common symptoms of Canine Cancer are as follows.
- An uncontrolled division of cells produces lumps in cancerous part.This is not necessary that every lump that you feel on touching your dog is cancerous but it is necessary to take him to vet if you feel any kind of lump or bump in your dog.
- You dog will most probably start eating less.He would become more prone to even smaller diseases.He would become lazy and weak.
- In early stages of cancer a dog does not feel any pain but if left uncured he may start feeling severe pain in different parts of body.
- You will feel your dog always being stressed.You may see the shine in his eyes and the naughtiness in his nature gradually going away.
- You may also feel excessive odor that would be different from how your dog normally smells like.
Boxers are prone to some heart disorders.Some of them are as follows.
This is a genetic heart disease that is specific to Boxers and affects Boxers of all ages.It is also called Arrythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy.In this disease dog suffers from sets of faster heart beats.Which affects pumping of heart and that prevents sufficient blood flow in different parts of body in which brain gets badly affected.The disease can cause sudden death.This disease is hard to diagnose as it shows no early symptoms.
SUB AORTIC STENOSIS:
This is an inherited heart disorder and mostly appears in puppyhood.In this disease the heart of a puppy develops abnormally and as a result causes different hurdles for normal blood flow through heart valves.There are two main types of SAS Valvular and Supravalvular.Supravalvular is more dangerous and Golden Retrievers have been seen more prone to this.
GASTRIC DILATATION VOLVULUS:
This disease appears due to the excess of gas in stomach and can cause death in severe cases.This disease is commonly known a as bloat.When the pressure in the abdomen increase to an abnormal extent the stomach twists and a dog your dog is not able to vomit and tries to find a suitable posture to reduce the pain.The disease may also cause a specific organ death in your dog.
This is an inherited disease most of the dog breeds suffer from.Labrador Retrievers are also prone to Hip Dysplasia.This is a hip joint disorder and mostly occur in dogs in the form of Canine Hip Dysplasia.Actually,a hip joint has two main components a ball and a socket.In this disease the ball and socket in the hip joint does not fit together as a result are no longer able to bear the pressure and cause massive friction in joints.This disease usually appears in the early age of a dog's life.It can badly affect the physical activity of your dog and would gradually make it too weak.
This is an eye disorder in which Nictitating Membrane that is used for eye protection also called as third eyelid get affected.Cherry eye appears as a small red balloon at the cornet of your dog's eye.This usually appears in puppyhood and can be treated or cured.The disease appears when the third eye lid got affected and could not remain at it's original position.That can be because of external eye injury.The balloon appeared is mostly removed cosmetically and rarely needs surgery.
Boxers are from Working family and need lots of exercise that is not provided them by their owners.They are often kept in small apartments that are not enough to fulfil their the level of activity they need.Obesity is a root of many other health problems and leads to many fatal diseases.One must be sure that he is providing his Boxer with the enough space and exercise time that he needs to prevent Obesity.
This is a skin disorder caused by a mite named Cheyletiella that lives in the outer layer of skin.If you see too much your pet having too much dandruff or scratching excessively near ears or specifically at back then there are chances that he might be suffering from Cheyletiella Dermatitis.Your dog may lose hair at a specific part of his coat and you would be able to see their skin become reddened.This disease is also called Walking dandruff as you would be able to see mites moving in hairs.If there are no mites present but your dog is still scratching excessively then he might be suffering from some other skin disorders.