Fairview Boxers tests and clears ALL breeding stock for the following tests, prior to any litters being planned or bred for!

We offer our 24 hour holter monitor to those wanting to test their Boxer's heart for the current status of arrythmias.

ARVC

is an electrical rhythm imbalance within the heart. Causing irregular heart beats and can cause periods of syncope and death. It is very prevalent in the Boxer breed. It is tested for by using a 24 hour EKC device called a holter monitor. Fairview & Branwen Boxers owns a holter together to test their Boxer dogs.

This is a genetic disease!

 

Thyroid disorder can also cause electrical and developmental issues within the heart, so careful and thorough screening of the thyroid function is imparative in the Boxer breed.

This is a genetic disease! TGAA negative should be present on ALL breeding animals!

Aortic Stenosis/SubAorticStenosis (AS/SAS)

is also a prevalent disease in the Boxer breed. This is a disease of the aortic valve within the heart. Basically, the valve malfunctions and causes a murmur to be heard. In most cases a low grade murmur (below 2) is innocent, but requires a Board Certified Cardiologist to Echo/Doppler (basically a sonogram of the heart) to check the valve function within. A flow rate is documented and can also be used in breeding purposes to help reduce the incidence of AS/SAS within the breed by breeding low grade or preferrably no grade heart murmurs and low flow rates in prospective Boxer parents.

This is a genetic disease!

 

Mitral Valve Dysplasia

is a rare occurance in the Boxer breed. The Mitral valve within the heart is deformed and allows backflow of blood to go back into the Atria of the heart from the Ventricle of the heart.

This can be a genetic disease, but is not yet determined to be so in the Boxer breed.

There is also an ARVC1 test available to help breeders eliminate the one of many genes responsible for the ARVC disease.

Thyroid

OFA Thyroid panel includes TGAA, TSH, T3,Free T3, T3 Autoantibody T4, Free T4, T4 Autoantibody.

 

Hips

OFA - rated Affected, Fair, Good, Excellent

PennHIP- specially trained Vet. determines laxity with the hip sockets and rates them. I have yet to have this hip test done.

 

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

degeneration of the spinal cord, that causes partial and eventual full paralysis of the hindend. Normally affects elderly dogs, over the age of 7 years. This is an incredibly sad disease as the dog mentally is the same as ever, but it can no longer function it's hindend for normal daily living.  DNA testing available!