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11 Boxer Dog Health Issues Owners Should Know

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The following is a list of 11 potential health issues that boxer dog owners may face at one time or another. It is always good to be aware of any signs or symptoms that may arise so that immediate medical attention may be provided, if necessary, to help your pup live a long and healthy life!

1. Cushing’s Disease


A medical condition where the Adrenal Glands produce too much steroid hormone. Symptoms include excessive drinking and urination-increased eating and reduced activity. Can usually be corrected with medication.

2. Degenerative Myelopathy

Paralysis of the Hind Legs

A degenerative disease that effects Boxers in which the nerves in the hind legs are effected. Symptoms will be weakness and loss of function in the hind legs that will eventually result in paralysis.There is a genetic test for the disease but no cure.

3. Lymphoma

Abnormal White Blood Cells

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that causes the body to produce abnormal white blood cells.Swollen glands, weight loss and difficulty breathing often occur. This type of cancer is treatable through chemotherapy but is a lifelong, costly commitment.

4. Mast Cell Tumors

Skin Cancer

A type of skin cancer found in boxer dogs more than many other breeds. It may be difficult to identify because it may appear as any other bump or lesion that dogs may often have. Early detection and removal are critical.

5. Hemangiosarcoma

Bleeding Tumor

A tumor that generally forms in the spleen (but may form in other internal organs). Symptoms generally do not show until the tumor has ruptured-resulting in internal bleeding.


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