Friday, March 2, 2012
Boxer Dog Health
Serious Health problems that are likely boxers are cancer, heart disease, such as aortic stenosis, and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (they so-called "Boxer Cardiomyopathy"), hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia and degenerative myelopathy and epilepsy, other conditions you can see are the dilation and gastric torsion (swelling), intestinal problems and allergies (although these may be related to the diet of the race). Entropion, a malformation of the eyelid requiring surgical correction, we see from time to time, and some lines have a tendency toward spondylosis deformans, a fusion of the spine, or dystocia. Other conditions that are less common, but occur more often than other breeds are Boxers histiocytic ulcerative colitis (sometimes called the Boxer colitis), an invasive infection by E. coli and indolent corneal ulcers, ulcers are often called eye Boxer.
According to a survey by the British Kennel Club's health, cancer, 38.5% of Boxer deaths, followed by age (21.5%), heart (6.9%) and gastrointestinal (6, 9%) on the issues. The average age of death was 9 years and 8 months. Responsible breeders use the tests to check the roster prior to mating, and in some cases, during the life of the dog in an attempt to minimize the occurrence of these diseases in future generations.
Boxers are known to be very sensitive to the effects of hypotension and bradycardia commonly used veterinary sedative acepromazine. It is recommended that the drug should be avoided in the Boxer.
As an athletic event, good exercise and conditioning is important for good health and longevity of the Boxer. We must be careful not to over-exercise young dogs, as this may damage growing bones, however, once mature Boxers can be excellent jogging or running companions. Thanks to the brachycephalic head, they do well with high temperatures and humidity, and common sense should prevail when exercising a Boxer in these conditions.