Boxer Cardiomyopathy is a genetic heart issue that is evident in the boxer breed. While there is research and debate over the causes and the treatment, Boxer Cardiomyopathy is very much on the fore-front of many boxer breeders,lovers, fanciers, the American Boxer Charitable Foundation and the American Boxer Club.
Cardiomyopathy is indicated by an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Other symptoms can include fainting, exercise intolerance, bloating, frequent cough, labored breathing and/or loss of weight. Any of these symptoms need to be checked out by your veterinarian.
Generally, Boxer Cardiomyopathy is diagnosed with a holter monitor. This monitor is worn by the dog for 24 hours to count any VPCs (ventricular premature contractions). However, a holter monitor is utilized more than once within the dog's lifetime and with breeding stock, it is important to holter the dog annually.
Current research on boxer cardiomyopathy includes: