Top 3 health concerns for boxers

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Whether you are looking into getting a Boxer for the first time, or just wondering what you should be on the watch for, there are definitely a few diseases that Boxers are prone to developing. Many of these are genetic, so if you are a getting puppy, be sure it’s from a responsible breeder who does the appropriate tests. If you are getting a rescue, it doesn’t hurt to have him checked out by a vet when you get him to see if he has any of the below diseases (or is at risk for developing them). The following are the top 3 health concerns for Boxers.

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#1 – Boxer Cardiomyopathy

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy is known as “Boxer cardiomyopathy” because of its prevalence in the breed. It’s an aggressive genetic heart disease that is almost always fatal.

#2 – Aortic/subaortic Stenosis

Another heart problem that Boxers are prone to is aortic or subaortic stenosis. Your Boxers aortic valve – or the area just below it – narrows. Unfortunately, while this disease is most likely genetic, there are currently no tests for it.

#3 – Degenerative Myelopathy

This is a hereditary neurologic dysfunction that causes loss of coordination in the hind legs. It eventually leads to paralysis. There is a genetic test for this disease. If both parents have it, the puppies will have it. If only one parent does, the puppy may develop it. A reputable breeder will not breed any dog that has this condition, so ask before purchasing a puppy.

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