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Caring For Boxer Dogs
Because boxers have such a strong constitution, keeping them healthy strictly from a medical point of view is likely to be easier than with other, more fragile breeds. This does not mean that you don’t need to take care of boxer dogs as you would with other dogs, but their health condition will be naturally less problematic.
A boxer is also an extremely energetic, playful dog, so ignoring him, confining him to a small area or simply not taking his emotional status into account can lead to health problems. That’s why caring for your boxer dog is equally important as feeding him correctly, or treating him when he’s ill.
The first health problem you will most likely encounter with your boxer (and with almost any other dog for that matter) is intestinal worms. These worms are more likely to appear in pups than in adults, but don’t count on that fact. You need to take extra care of your boxer dog while he’s a puppy and take him to a vet control once per month and apply a de-worming treatment if it’s the case.
For adult boxers, it’s ok if you take such a scheduled control every 4 or 6 months in order to make sure he’s not infected with one of the many types of worms that attack pets (tapeworm, ringworm, heartworm, roundworm etc).
You’ll also have to pay special attention to any extreme physical or psychological changes in your boxer’s looks and behavior. This might be a sign that he’s infected with an intestinal worm. More specific signs are weight loss, upset stomach, weakness, continuous lack of their specific playful mood and an itchy backside. If you see your puppy boxer standing on his butt, rubbing on the floor, he’s most likely suffering from such a worm.
You need to take care of your boxer as soon as you see these signs, as intestinal worms can lead to poor growth, more severe diseases and even death. In addition, their larvae and eggs are passed through the boxer’s feces and there’s a chance that they could infect other pets, or even children.
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Some other common health problems that boxer dogs usually encounter include food allergy, hip dysphasia, bloating, hypothyroidism and cancer. It’s important that you keep track of the symptoms for each of these severe conditions and diseases, if you care about your boxer dog. A monthly visit to the vet is also recommended, so that he can investigate and discover any of these conditions in their early stages, when they can still be treated or before they become more severe and require more complicated procedures and medications to be stopped.
As well as keeping your boxer dog safe from these diseases or from worms, it’s crucial that he has a balanced, healthy diet. You should check out this free video report on picking the best food for your boxer dog. Since boxers are throbbing with energy, they also require a lot of food, but feeding him anything that might fall to your hand is not the way to go. An occasional yogurt treat to take care of the boxer’s digestions problems is recommended, as is having enough calcium and vitamins in your diet.
Some other things you’ll have to worry about if you want to take care of your boxer dog’s health condition is his sensitivity to extreme cold or heat (because of his short hair), his need of exercise and playtime and of course, protect him from fleas. It’s almost inevitable that your boxer will get fleas sometimes during his lifetime, especially if he comes in contact with other animals in the park, at contests or at home.
Fleas can cause your boxer a lot of trouble, weakening him if left untreated and at the same time, annoying him with their constant itching. There are several powders and solutions that are used to clean off fleas and the fact that a boxer has a short hair coat will only help in removing them, making these solutions reach their target a lot easier. Another way to ward off fleas is by feeding your boxer some garlic on a daily basis, but make sure you don’t exaggerate with it.
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