Stomach Problems

One of the things that every new boxer owner eventually finds out is that boxers can often have funny tummies, or a tendency toward upset or delicate stomachs. They generally vomit a lot, and their stomachs gurgle. Many owners find themselves juggling different dog foods or eating programs to try to find something that will suit their boxer. This is actually a good idea, especially if the problem is an undiagnosed allergy.

Boxers are prone to colitis and ileitis, both disorders of the digestive tract. They are also prone to pancreatic exocrine insufficiency. If your vet finds that your boxer has any of these conditions, your boxer may need to be on a very specific diet for life.

If you have a new puppy that is finding it hard to eat and to put on weight, the pup should see a vet. The same is true of an adult dog. If your boxer has had a stable period of digestion in which he has been eating but then develops problems, you need to take note. An upset stomach could be a sign of poisoning or illness.

Pancreatitis or pancreatic insufficiency is an inability of the boxer's pancreas to produce sufficient amounts of digestive enzymes. In some boxers, this appears to be an inherited condition. In other cases, it is linked to the damage sustained by chronic inflammation of the pancreas. Contributing factors to the latter form of pancreatitis are specific diseases of other organs, such as liver problems, Cushing's disease, chronic bowel disease in the form of colitis or ileitis, and allergies. A lot of veterinary literature points to the following factors in the development of pancreatitis:

  • Diets high in fat content

  • Obesity

  • Cushing's disease

  • Use of prescription corticosteroids

  • Any sort of unusual diet, such as one that includes lots of fatty treats

  • One of the most common times of the year for veterinary emergencies is the Thanksgiving holiday. People share the fat and skin of their turkey dinners with their dogs, which provokes an attack of pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a very painful condition. You are doing your boxer no favors by sharing your rich food and treats with him, and you may create a chronically painful physical disorder for him by doing so.

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