How to Keep Your Boxer - or any Dog - Healthy
Feed him a balanced diet.
Additional tips from owners include:
- Give an occasional yogurt treat - Ask your vet about giving Boxers calcium tablets as they could have some problems later on in life!
- Keep him comfortable so his immune system can remain strong.
- Boxers are shorthaired and sensitive to extreme elements of weather and thus must be kept a housedog. His shortened muzzle also makes hot and humid weather uncomfortable for him.
- Give Boxers lots of exercise and regularly.
- Remember that he is a big and strong breed and requires physical outlets for his boundless energy and high play/prey drive.
- Walk them three times a day or have play sessions. Provide plenty of space for them to bounce around. You want to keep their spirit up and not break it or they wonĘt be dogs you fall in love with in first place. Healthy and happy Boxers are a joy to live with.
- Make a breeder your friend.
- Keep in touch with breeder who sold you Boxer. The breeder can advise you about care and health matters that are unique to breed. Any Boxer breeder, for that matter, can be an invaluable ally to you throughout your Boxer's life.
- Guard your Boxer from fleas.
- Your Boxer has fleas if you find black specks in fur or fleabite marks on skin. A tip given by an owner is to give your Boxer garlic daily to prevent fleas.
- Boxers catch fleas from other animals. It is an every day problem that, at some time or another, you can expect to encounter in your Boxer.
- The fleas only go to Boxer to feed on its blood.
- Fleas mostly live and multiply in your home. The comfortable living - central heating, double-glazing and, best of all, fitted carpet - we create for ourselves and our Boxers also work best for fleas.
- De-worm your puppy every month and your adult Boxer, every six months.
Worms is another everyday problem in Boxers but puppy is more likely to get sick from worms than grown up Boxer.
The sick one would lose weight and become weak, suffer from upset stomach, poor growth, listlessness or even lung trouble.
They may impede your puppyĘs growth and cause him to have a potbelly or be thin and have a shoddy-looking coat.
Your grown Boxer may not be showing any sign of worms but he could spread them more than sick puppy, through large amount of larvae or eggs passed out in feces.
If your Boxer has tapeworms, he has fleas too because part of tapeworm life cycle occurs in flea as host. As such, treatments against flea and tapeworm are normally prescribed together.