Boxers as a breed have a few health concerns that we work very diligently to breed away from. The most major of these diseases are the two cardiac diseases. Following those we have medium to minor diseases or illnesses which we also screen for:
Sub Aortic Stenosis (SAS) This is a malfunction of one of the heart valves. We test for this after the age of two using a cardiologist and a Doppler machine.
Arrhythmic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) This is a malfunction of the electrical impulses that make the heart beat properly. We test for this yearly using a Holter monitor and a cardiologist.
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) Affects aging dogs in the form of deteriorating nervous function in the hind end. We use a DNA test to screen for the genes that make a dog suceptible to this disease.
Hip Dysplasia This is the improper development of the hip joint. We screen for this with x-rays taken after the age of two. We also check elbows while we’re at it.
Canine Thyroglobulin Autoantibodies (TgAA) This is the presence of thyroid anti-bodies that *may* indicate future autoimmune problems including but not limited to some cancers and allergies. We use this to measure thyroid health.