Itchy bumps, red blotches, hairless spots or raised areas on the skin may mean your boxer has an underlying condition. Not only does it make your buddy miserable, but it could be something as serious as cancer. Ignoring it is not an option.
Often skin problems in boxers are caused by allergies. Various allergens, including fleas, grass, pollen and chemicals in grooming products or food, can cause a reaction. Cutaneous asthnia is a condition with which your boxer’s skin appears to have tiny cuts or scabs that become inflamed and red. Mastocytoma and fibrosarcoma are forms of cancer common in boxers. Other non-cancerous cysts, like histiocytoma and dermatoid cysts, also may form on his skin. These five conditions are the most common skin problems in boxers.
When a skin lesion or other problem appears on your boxer, a trip to the veterinarian is necessary to determine the cause. The vet generally scrapes the skin and takes a look at the skin cells under the microscope to help determine what the cause is. If a tumor is present, a biopsy may be necessary to determine if it is cancerous or not. Also, for skin allergies, a blood test helps your vet determine what is causing the condition.
Remedies and Treatments
Treatment for the skin problem is based on your boxer's diagnosis. For allergies, antihistamines and corticosteroids help clear up your pup’s skin. You will have to remove the allergen causing discomfort, if possible. If tumors are the issue, your vet may recommend removing them surgically. Or she may determine that an ointment or specialized shampoo can alleviate your furry friend's skin problems.
Inspect your boxer’s skin thoroughly at least once a week and make note of any changes. Even if you do not see any problems, have your vet examine him at least once a year. If your boxer has tendencies to develop skin allergies, consider purchasing a well-balanced dog food that does not contain chemical preservatives such as ethoxyquin, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) as directed by the WebMD website. Opt for brands that use vitamins C and E as natural preservatives. Also, keep your boxer’s living area clean and free from dust and fleas. Set up a vaccination and deworming schedule for your boxer with your vet.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
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