Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Ulcerative Colitis in Boxers

Animals Affected – Dog

General Information
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic (long-standing) disease of the large intestine, most commonly found in Boxers under 2 years of age. Its cause is unknown.

Boxers with this disease have repeated and long episodes of bloody diarrhea and strain to pass small amounts of semi-formed stools that contain blood and mucus. Although affected dogs remain in fairly good condition, they usually lose weight. Vomiting occurs in some dogs.

Important Points in Treatment
1. Various laboratory tests and radiographic (x-ray) studies are often necessary to diagnose ulcerative colitis of Boxers. Most of the tests are done to rule out other conditions with similar signs.
2. Relapses are common during treatment.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.