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Seizures in Boxers

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Sugar Ray

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Barked: Sun Jan 2, '11 8:10pm PST 
On 05-13-10 Sugar Ray started having seizures, at first it was once a month now its every 6-11 days. The vet says he doesn't need meds unless he has them every day. Now he has started drooling for no apparent reason. Has anyone else come across this. Boxers are not know for having seizures but Sugar Ray's mom was bred back to her dad, the guy thought he could get a pure bred for that. I'm going to ask the vet about this when my check comes in.
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Max

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Barked: Wed Jan 5, '11 3:02am PST 
There is obviously a neurological problem, and I'd contact the vet ASAP. Honestly, if they're not able to solve the problem at your regular vet, I'd ask for a referral to a specialist.

On a side note, what about toxins? Any harsh cleaning agents or unsafe foods that he could have gotten into or been exposed to? Xena used to eat peaches off the tree- including the pits so consider everything including plants in your backyard, etc.

Best of luck,
Max and Family
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Sugar Ray

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Barked: Thu Jan 6, '11 7:57am PST 
The first time Sugar had a seizure was right after using Hartz Ultra-Guard Plus, I didn't know how bad the product was at the time. I started reading up on seizures in dogs after he kept having them, that's when I found out it can be caused by in-breeding. He has gone 2 wks w/o a seizure so far but still drools now and then. We are watching for anything unusual in his behavior. My daughter also has seizures so this is nothing new to us. We list every attack he has just like we do hers. We have no toxins in the house he can get and only a pecan tree out back. My neighbors have plants but since they used to babysit there are no poisonous ones. I'm just hoping they are not hereditary, I really would like to breed him some day. But we won't unless we are 100% sure he cant pass them on.
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Max

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Barked: Fri Jan 7, '11 5:03pm PST 
I'm glad you haven't seen anything new, have you seen a vet yet with regards to these symptoms? Is the drooling continual? Many people don't realize that Boxers do drool, some quite heavily. It's not a desired trait for the breed, and most breeders have worked to breed it out (breeding dogs with less jowls generally). Max, for example, has his moments. In fact, I keep "drool rags" handy for him so I can wipe him off. My other two don't drool at all except in extreme cases like when I'm preparing their food.

I agree the hartz could have been the cause, and I'm glad you'll be staying away from those types of products from now on. They're incredibly full of chemicals and you hear so many horror stories that they're just not worth the risk. I hope everything is okay.

I'd like to ask your purpose for breeding? I don't want to get on a soapbox, but I hope you'll carefully consider your choices with regards to breeding. There are plenty of people out there already breeding dogs that we don't need to help them out. Responsible breeding is fine, but please do your research and health testing first as well as examining your own reasons for breeding.


All of my dogs are speutered, including the one who came with a full registration (one is a rescue- my Shih Tzu, the other two Boxers came from an excellent breeder who sells his pups with limited registration, meaning no offspring can be registered to help prevent backyard breeding.)
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Sugar Ray

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Barked: Sat Jan 8, '11 6:41pm PST 
I'm waiting on my income-tax return for the vet visit. He doesn't drool a lot, it might be that he is finally maturing a bit, he'll be 5 in June. His last seizure was Dec 19, so far no others and he's filling out some.I think he's up to 90lbs or so. My husband takes him on walks at least once a day, usually 1 1/2 mile.
The main reason I don't go for adoption or rescue is you never know what reaction the new dog will have around a person that has seizures. Sugg was and is very calm around my daughter and when he was 6 months he alerted us to her having an attack in her room when the door was close. He went to her and gently licked her arm and cheek then laid his head on her leg till she was better. He can't till when they are going to happen tho.
I would like to breed him because of his temperament but will think about it a lot before hand. It wont be for several yrs either way. Our old Cally (a lab,rott and boxer mix) mated once in 15 yrs. We had to put her down couple of yrs ago, she had a tumor and was too old for surgery. Unfortunately the puppies we were keeping came down with parvo. A co-worker couldn't keep the one he choose so I took it back that's where the Parvo came from. The others found good homes with postal workers.
Sugg is on Heart-worm Preventative and a Flea pill you get from the Vet.
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Barley

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Barked: Fri Jun 8, '12 10:18am PST 
I just read your post from last Jan 2011. I too have a boxer who just had his first seizure today, lasted about 10 seconds. Very scary. He appears to be better, contacted our Vet and he said to monitor over the next couple of days and they will do more blood tests on him next week, but didn't feel it was anything to worry too much about. ONLY if it persists. He suggested a Diary of his seizures, the first one & if anymore occur. Here's hoping it was his first & LAST. poor Bent!.

I also noted that your Boxer age 5 in June 2011. perhaps siblings? my boxer was born in June, (he's 6, June # 2012) Could it be they are from the same Breeder near Trenton, Ontario? would be good to know, because our son has one of the same litter.

thanks
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