Health Problems with Boxer Dogs

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Although they’re considered a particularly healthy and strong breed of dogs, boxers are still prone to some health problems that can affect their ability to work (for seeing-eye dogs, police and guard dogs for example), simply reduce their enthusiasm and willingness to act as a family pet or if the condition is severe and left untreated, even cause death.

We’ll try to cover some of the most common boxer health problems as well as teach you how to identify them. As soon as you identify any of these health problems, it’s imperative that you visit your vet and not try to simply cure them by yourself. That’s why we’ll focus on diagnosing these common health problems rather than on how to treat them.

Intestinal Worms

Intestinal worms are extremely common to all breeds of dogs, not just boxers. They tend to appear more on puppies or younger animals, but adult boxers also have a chance to contract such a worm, so don’t rule out that possibility. If left untreated they can be extremely unpleasant for your boxer, causing nausea, weight loss, weakness, bloating, lack of energy and reducing the dog’s ability to feed himself correctly (since a good part of the nutritional elements that should be reaching your boxer’s body are sucked in by the parasite worm).

If you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms, it’s best for your boxer dog’s health to take him to a vet control. Actually, it’s recommended that puppies, regardless of the breed, are taken to a monthly de-worming treatment, while adults should be taken to a vet control at least once every 4-5 months. A healthy balanced diet can help your dog avoid problems like worms.


Bloating is also quite common with boxers (more so than other breeds) and it can be very dangerous for the health of your dog. Besides the obvious bloating of the stomach, other symptoms may include heavy drooling, a state of nausea and restlessness and vomiting. Some of these symptoms can also be found if your boxer is suffering from a different disease (intestinal worms for example) but the bloating of the stomach is a clear sign of gastric torsion. Since it’s extremely dangerous for the health of your boxer if left untreated, it’s crucial that you visit a vet ASAP.

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Cancerous Tumors

Unfortunately, boxers are among the dog breeds considered highly susceptible to cancer. The risk increases substantially with age, but even 1-year old boxers were found developing cancerous tumors. The risk for your boxer dog’s health is self-explanatory, so we need to focus on finding the tumors before they start developing and spreading the cancer.

You should pet your boxer every month (at least), searching for small bumps with your finger. Make sure you don’t only check for external lumps, but try and press your fingers against the boxer’s skin, looking for internal ones too. If you find such a lump, make sure that visiting a vet is high on your “To do” list, since almost 1 out of 5 such lumps are cancerous, thus extremely dangerous for the health of your boxer.

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Common Boxer Skin Problems And Solutions

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Boxer Dogs And Heat Stress: Protect Your Dog This Summer

A Guide to Cancer in Boxer Dogs

A Guide to Hair Loss in Boxer Dogs

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