Health Information

1.  The Merck Veterinary Manual Online - This concise and reliable animal health reference has served veterinarians and other animal health professionals for over 45 years.  It is available in book form, but this is the online format:

2.  The American Boxer Club (ABC) offers a wealth of information on all aspects of raising Boxers.  They have an excellent section on Boxer Health that can be accessed by clicking on:

3.  The American Boxer Club also has a section on their website that deals with specific genetic diseases that affect the Boxer breed.  Information on Hip Dysplasia, Thyroid Disease in Boxers, Boxer Cardiomyopathy, and Aortic / Subaortic Valvular Stenosis: AS/SAS (other heart problems) are discussed on their website at:

4. - Do you have questions about animal health, medications, therapies, surgery, behavior, or safety? is here to support your veterinarian and you in the care of your companion animals by providing reliable, up-to-date animal health information from the veterinarians and experts of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), the world's first and largest online veterinary database and community.

5.  The American Veterinary Medical Association        
General Illnesses and Diseases:
Canine Illnesses and Diseases:

6.  A listing of Over the Counter Medicines for humans that have now been approved for pets. Dogs and cats can benefit from the same treatments you take for everything from heartburn and indigestion to pain and arthritis:

7.  Many things in your home may be poisonous to your pets. Dogs, cats, and other animals are curious. They like to lick and chew. This places your pets at risk of being poisoned. You can help keep your pets safe by storing and using poisons safely. Be aware of these common poisons in and around your home

8.  The Senior Dogs Project provides specific information on how to care for an older dog.  It is very informative and can be seen at:

9.  The Canine Encyclopedia is a concise explanation of health care problems:
For more information see the the cat and dog sites at  

10.   Healthypet -- your link for healthy pets. We are the American Animal Hospital Association, an organization of more than 27,000 veterinary care providers committed to giving you excellence in small animal care. You can count on AAHA for accurate, up-to-date, and entertaining information. We know your pet is an important member of your family. We will help you make the most of the relationship between you and your pet.

11.  Information on Owning and Training Deaf Dogs             

12.  This is the only dedicated animal poison control hotline in the world manned by veterinarians, not telephone operators.  The number is staffed 24/7.      
(888) 4ANI-HELP or (888) 426-4435

13. Animal Rights Online Veterinary Resources WebSite

14.  Red Cross Pet First Aid Course,1072,0_312_2541,00.html

15.  is presented to you as a free pet care resource by and

16.  A list of human medications and amounts to give to your pets.


Specific Ailments or Medications


Lyme Disease -

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Bloat -

An Alternative to the Elizabethan Collar -

Diarrhea - New Kaopectate® may be harmful to your pets. - Kaopectate®, the diarrhea medication for humans, is also effectively used for cats and dogs. However, Kaopectate's® new formulation contains bismuth subsalicylate, an aspirin derivative that may be harmful to some dogs and deadly to cats. Kaopectate® is sometimes given several times a day for 3 days for symptomatic treatment in cats. If given at the same dose, the amount of aspirin equivalent in the extra-strength Kaopectate® is toxic to some cats.
This new Kaopectate® caplet is scheduled to be shipped no later than April 2004, but the liquid version is already on the retail shelves. The "old" Kaopectate®, containing attapulgite, may still be available for a while. Exercise caution and check the label and/or look for generic formulas containing the attapulgite or kaolin pectin.
Keep in mind that the human "over-the-counter" drugs are exactly that --- for humans. Formulation changes may be beneficial to humans but dangerous to pets. Consult your family veterinarian before giving your pets any non-prescription drugs.     Magnolia Animal Hospital

Degenerative Myelopathy - "Dealing with Degenerative Myelopathy"
    The University of Missouri has "recently discovered a (DNA) mutation that can greatly increase a dog's risk of developing degenerative myelopathy." This study is exciting and they hope to find a way to slow or halt the progress of the condition in affected dogs and maybe even humans! They are currently accepting samples to be tested for the mutation. The testing is free in dogs that meet their criteria. The sample can be as simple as a tube of blood taken by your veterinarian. The implications of this research are far reaching and very important for future generations. This is a debilitating and devastating condition that is ultimately fatal.  This link will take you to the University's study website where you can find tons of information on DM and on submitting samples


Mast Cell Tumors

Seasonal Alopecia (Hair Loss)


If anyone has had a boxer diagnosed with this illness, and has not been able to get on top of this problem, please ask your vet if they have read the journals about the success of baytril therapy.
BAR has now seen 5 cases of chronic boxer colitis, in 2 of the cases, the pups were declining to the point where there was concern if they would survive, in 3 cases the dogs were being tested and just not being helped. In some cases, thousands of $'s were spent, with no improvement to the dog.
In ALL cases, the colitis was brought under control within weeks of the baytril therapy being started. A true lifesaver, and some have called it a miracle.
So, if your boxer suffers from this terrible condition, please speak to your vet and if he is unaware of this, mention it to him ASAP.



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