Dog Health Conditions and Terms You Should Know... Part
Cryptorchidism is peculiar to male dogs and a condition
present at birth.
The testicle/s, which developed in the abdomen, fail to
descend into the scrotum. The usually underdeveloped and
non-functional testicle/s should be removed, as it could turn
cancerous later in life.
If the condition remains after the puppy is more than 2 months
old, then the chances are it will remain so permanently.
Eye ulcers, if caught early, are easy to treat. Late treatment
can be expensive for you as well as painful for your Boxer.
Dermodicosis or non-contagious mange first appears as numerous
patches anywhere on the Boxer's skin. The hair will fall off,
leaving bald patches in large areas, and the bald skin starts to
break down, turning into crusty sores.
Atopy is itchy (pruritic) skin disease caused by allergy to
something the Boxer breathes in or touch.
It cannot be cured and is the number two common allergic skin
condition in dogs, after flea allergy dermatitis. Having fleas
would make it worse for your Boxer.
A Boxer suffering from atopy would have itchiness particularly
on the hands and feet.
He'd be chewing his paws, scratching his ears, shaking its
head, scratching the muzzle or rubbing it on the ground. These
same symptoms can also be brought about by food allergy.
Acne in young dogs shows as red bumps (papules) and blackheads
(comedones) on the chin and lips.
Shorthaired dogs like Boxers are more likely to get them. And
like in human, they start getting acne around puberty, but the
problem would usually go away after one year old or so.
However, you may have to help with some topical gel medication
similar to the one used by teenagers. Such lesions may become
infected and develop pus, which becomes itchy for your Boxer and
he starts rubbing his face in the carpet or against
Urinary incontinence in dogs can be due to a neurological
lesion - something not normal with the parts of the nervous
system that deal with urine regulation.
A Boxer with incontinence will dribble urine and if a
neurological lesion is the cause, then this has to be removed.
There are also other reasons not related to the nervous system
like congenital defect and bacterial urinary tract infection,
also known as bacterial cystitis or bladder stone.
If your Boxer leaves wet spots where he has slept and he has
skin irritation from contact with the urine, then he may have
However, wet spots around the house alone may simply mean that
he drinks a lot more and needs to relieve himself often but you
are not allowing him outside frequently enough. Straining while
urinating and blood in the urine are two signs of bladder
Boxer is among the more than 35 breeds of dogs on record to
have hereditary sensor neural deafness.
The condition cannot be reversed with medications, surgery or
hearing aids. Dogs also could become deaf from old age, toxicosis
How do you tell if your Boxer is deaf?
He doesn't respond to spoken commands and only responds to you
when he sees you.
He keeps shaking his head and pawing his ears or turns in the
wrong direction when you call him.
He sleeps more than normal and would not wake up till you
physically touch him.
But not to worry, you can still have a wonderful companion in
your deaf Boxer through sign language.
Dogs have been known to learn as many as 65 command words in
sign language. These include signs for, among others, "stop",
"potty", "drop it", "stay", "lay down", "sit", "come" and
As extra measures, you want to keep the deaf Boxer in a safe
environment as he cannot hear approaching dangers like an
approaching car. So keep him on a leash and close to you when in
traffic or out for walks.
On his nametag, add the word "deaf" so he will not be
misunderstood if he ever gets lost. Some suggest putting a bell
as well so you know where to find him if he gets lost.
And finally, if your Boxer tested positive for inherited
deafness in one or both ears, do not breed him or her.
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