A Quick Guide To Boxer Cardiomyopathy


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Of all of the breeds of dog out there today, the Boxer is arguably one of the unhealthiest. Over the years, many concerns have been raised about the genetic conditions and traits that have seemingly become increasingly common. One of those genetic conditions is Boxer cardiomyopathy, which is a heart condition that can lead to early death in a number of the breed. It has been studied since the 1980s and, as such, much has been discovered about the condition so that owners can identify the symptoms and get an early diagnosis. Although the condition also affects Dobermans and Great Danes, it is somewhat pronounced in Boxers and so owners need to be fully aware of it.

Boxer cardiomyopathy is effectively believed to be an electrical conduction disorder that affects the heart. It actually gives the individual Boxer arrhythmia, which is an erratic heartbeat. It can develop at any age, at any time and could last for a short period of time or be an issue in the long term. This seems to differ from Boxer to Boxer, which is why there is still ongoing research into Boxer cardiomyopathy. However, it could lead to heart disease, the collapse or even the sudden death of your dog so it is important to be aware of just what it is and how you can protect against it.

Boxer cardiomyopathy is a disease that puzzles vets and experts alike because it may or may not have early symptoms. This varies from dog to dog. In general, it has to be past the early stages of the illness for any symptoms to actually appear. There are two main symptoms after the cardiomyopathy has begun to advance. The first is fainting spells. This is a direct result of poor blood circulation as too little oxygen is getting into the blood or it is not flowing properly. The duration of fainting fits can vary, from a few seconds to minutes depending on how quickly normal circulation is restored. The fits can also be sporadic but the quicker the attacks the more serious the problem is. The second symptom is coughing. As the heart becomes weaker, it may cause the dog to cough. Of course, these symptoms could be indicative of something else but they are worth checking out.

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In fact, early detection is now possible as a result of advanced testing. You can have your dog checked for Boxer cardiomyopathy when he or she is just a year old. You vet should look for an irregular heartbeat in the first instance. An irregular heartbeat may not be a sign of Boxer cardiomyopathy but it is the earliest possible sign to detect. As such, an EKG test will be carried out to determine whether or not it is a major problem or not.

There is medication that can help to keep the effects of Boxer cardiomyopathy at bay and, furthermore, prevent it from doing any more damage to your Boxer’s heart in the immediate future. Anti-arrhythmia medication is available for your dog. Whilst it is a long term medication, it could keep your Boxer happy and healthier in the years to come. You may also want to try an all natural remedy like PetAlive's Heart & Circulation Tonic to help prevent heart problems in your boxer.




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