Although short-haired, boxers are prone to some medical conditions leading to hair loss. And, their short coat will make the patches caused by hair loss noticeable. Most commonly, boxers lose the hair on their rib sides, although many boxers also experience some unsymmetrical hair loss. Knowing the exact trigger of this hair loss is beneficial for the owner, since it will tell the most proper treatment for the boxers. Some possible risk factors of boxers’ hair loss include:
Boxer’s seasonal alopecia
- Boxers is one of the dog breeds which is diagnosed with a seasonal hair loss problem called alopecia.
- The exact cause of this alopecia is not surely determined, although hormonal change and fluctuation during different seasons of the year is believed as the most possible culprit.
- Alopecia is more common with adult boxers, but can be noticeable in some boxer puppies.
- Alopecia-triggered hair loss in boxers can vary in periods. Some boxers experience severe hair loss in the winter, while some other might experience it in different seasons. This hair loss tend to be repetitive—if your boxer experiences it during this year winter, it will likely to occur in the next winter.
- One of the most obvious symptom of alopecia is hair loss on the sides of the body.
- Alopecia is detected by the vet using a biopsy and usually treated using medications used for regulating hormones in boxers.
Boxers—and other dog breeds might be suffered from heartworm diseases. This is in fact, a common trigger of hair loss which leaves patches on the dog’s skin.
- Heartworm influences boxers’ digestive system and may affect the intestines as well as the dog’s appetite.
- Heartworm is commonly suffered by boxers living in the areas which are prone to mosquitos.
- Boxers which are infected by heartworms show some signs, such as dry hair, which eventually leads to hair loss, bad appetite, and weight loss. Some severely-infected dogs commonly vomit and have diarrhea.
Mites are a quite common problem with dog skin.
- These microscopic mites causes inflammation beneath the skin tissues around the hair follicles. Damaged hair follicles lead to hair loss, which can occur in several patches on the skin.
- Boxers tend to be prone to this mite infestation, since their immune system does not have the ability to keep the mites under control. This issue with immune system—the demodicosis can be passed by the nursing boxer mother, causing mangy mite infestation common with boxer pups.
- Poor nutrition is commonly the risk factor, and this will need a vet’s advice on the healthier diet for improving the immune system and thus, combat the infestation.
- Boxers are also prone to allergies which is triggered by their foods. Large boxers require foods with decent nutrition. However, some boxers are allergic to certain foods, such as chicken or lamb.
- Hair loss induced by allergies occur because the allergen damages the skin tissues and break the hair follicles, causing hair to fall and prevent it from re-growing.
- Since allergies also trigger itching, it is possible that the skin will harden because of the scabs, causing the follicles to break and leads to hair loss.
- Allergies should stop once the allergens are eliminated from the dog’s diet. However, the bald patches might still be visible until the hair follicles are fully healed and repaired.
- Large dogs, including boxers are prone to the development of hardened skin in certain part of the body which support the body weight—the elbows, for instance.
- Hardened elbow skin triggers hair loss with visible scab-like patches. When left untreated this might develop into infected spots, which may bleed.
- Providing adequate padding for the boxer to sit on can be helpful in reducing the risk of calluses and thus, the hair loss. This will also prevent the possibility of infection, which comes from scratches between the hardened elbows and hard surfaces.
- Medications which soften the elbows will eliminate the scabs and thus, help the hair to regrow on the affected spots, although this might need quite long period.