Boxers are widely acknowledged as one of the most athletic breeds of dog, and in addition to their agility, they are also highly intelligent. The instincts and protective tendencies of this breed make them excellent guard dogs, but their desire for human affection also makes them great companions. A common misconception about this breed brought about by their association with dog fighting is that they are mean or dangerous; however, this breed is very gentle and patient with children, making them popular as family pets. Boxers do not require much grooming and daily exercise is necessary to keep their energy under control.
Although generally considered to be a strong and healthy breed, Boxers are still susceptible to a variety of diseases and conditions. Some health problems commonly affecting Boxers include bloat, skin problems and intervertebral disc disease. Pet insurance may help you cover treatment and medications for these conditions.
Gastric Dilation Volvulus (Bloat)
Stomach bloat and torsion is often seen in large breed dogs like Boxers as a result of a condition called gastric dilation volvulus. This condition is often brought about by overeating and the build-up of gas or fluid in the stomach, which can lead to shock and organ damage. Treatments for this condition may involve inserting a tube into the stomach to drain the fluid or surgery to repair organ damage and reposition the stomach. Surgical repairs generally cost around $1,200, but if complications arise, the cost can be as great as $5,000.
Because Boxers have such a short coat, they are susceptible to a variety of skin problems including cutaneous asthenia, cysts and various forms of skin cancer like fibrosarcoma and mastocytoma. Cutaneous asthenia involves the stretching and tearing of the skin and while the condition itself cannot be treated, the wounds can be cleaned and treated for less than $30. Boxers frequently develop cysts along the nose, tail, back and tongue. Though they may be benign, these cysts should be removed, a surgical repair which costs between $100 and $200. Skin cancers like fibrocarcoma and mastocytoma often involve the growth of tumors which may require surgery and chemotherapy – treatments which can cost between $3,000 and $5,000 depending on the duration of treatment.
Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
This condition typically involves the degeneration and dehydration of vertebral discs which may lead to restricted movement. Symptoms of this condition include difficulty walking or climbing stairs, loss of bladder control, inactivity and shaking. Though mild cases may be managed through medication and physical therapy, surgery is usually required to permanently repair the problem. Surgical remedies for IVDD can cost between $3000 and $5000.
Disclaimer: Symptoms, conditions, and costs may vary. Consult a licensed veterinarian to inquire about treatment options and cost of care for your particular situation. Check actual coverage and benefits for your dog to determine whether you will be covered by pet insurance.