14 week old boxer puppy with red eyes.

My question is as follows: I have a 14 week old boxer puppy that I’ve had for 2 weeks and I’ve noticed that his eyes are red and his nose is sometimes runny. What could it be? I’m giving him Puppy Chow 2 times a day and 1 “People” vitamin a day.

Also can you tell me what the vaccination schedule is for boxer puppies?

Thank you.

Answer #1

Thank you Phrannie for your quick reply. First about the Puppy Chow… according to the other posts that I’ve read from your Boxer breeder on this site, that is the best food I can give my little guy.

As for his runny nose it is clear. And the eyes is more like the rim (lower lids) that get quite red. Could there be something wrong?

I would also like to know why is giving him vitamins bad?

Thank you.


Answer #2

The name of the vitamins is “People Vitamins” they are for dogs. That is just the name for them.

Answer #3

Are you’re talking about Magichalo1(she is one boxer breeder, here)…she used to feed Purina, but has changed to better quality food since coming to this site…

Here’s a list of graded dogfoods…not ALL premium foods are high cost…If you have a Costco card, Kirklands is very high graded, yet is also inexpensive…

Dog Food scores: Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114 A+ Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+ Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93 B Beowulf Back to Basics / Score 101 A+ Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score 83 C Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106 A+ Burns Chicken and Brown Rice / Score 107 A+ Canidae / Score 112 A+ Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+ Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A Diamond Performance / Score 85 C Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+ Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice / Score 106 A+ Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+ EaglePack Holistic / Score 102 A+ Eukanuba Adult / Score 81 C Eukanuba Puppy / Score 79 C Flint River Senior / Score 101 A+ Foundations / Score 106 A+ Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D Innova Dog / Score 114 A+ Innova Evo / Score 114 A+ Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score 122 A+ Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+ Member’s Mark Chicken and Rice / Score 84 C Merrick Wilderness Blend / Score 127 A+ Nature’s Recipe / Score 100 A Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice / Score 116 A+ Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct / Score 122 A+ Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice / Score 81 C Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy / Score 101 A+ Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B Nutro Max Adult / Score 93 B Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice / Score 98 A Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free / Score 86 B Nutro Natural Choice Senior / Score 95 A Nutro Ultra Adult / Score 104 A+ Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry / Score 109 A+ Pro Nature Puppy / Score 80 C Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94 A Purina Benful / Score 17 F Purina Dog / Score 62 F Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F Purina One Large Breed Puppy / Score 62 F Royal Canin Boxer / Score 103 A+ Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+ Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+ Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A Solid Gold / Score 99 A Summit / Score 99 A Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+ Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+ Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A


Answer #4

Well, first of STOP the vitiman…Maybe think about giving him a better quality puppy food than Purina…say Nurto (which is only a couple bucks more, but WAY better)…

Tho people and animals need the same vitamins…they need each one in differing amounts…With a large breed pup, you want to keep the growth slowed so his joints and bone can harden…By 16 to 18 weeks, you should put him on an adult maintence diet. This won’t make him smaller at adulthood, but it will take more time getting his full growth…which is what you want for his future health.

No more vitamins!!

Is the “running nose” clear? Yellowish or greenish? Clear is fine…yellow or green indicates infection…and THAT takes a Vet visit for antibiotics. Is it the rims of his eyes that are red? Or is it the white part of his eye? He might have nothing wrong, or he could have a host of other things…it depends on which part is “red”, and how red is it??

Why not take him to the Vet for a complete check up…


Answer #5

I have a 17 week old boxer pup and noticed his eyes get bloodshot when he is tired/overtired, the nose will run clear when there is stress - like a car ride, or his new gentle leader halter … once he has had a nap/or enough rest, his eyes clear up and when he’s not under some stressor his nose doesn’t run.

Answer #6

I thought I’d explained why “people vitamins” aren’t ideal for dogs (even less ideal for puppies)…dogs need a vitamins especially made to help doggie bodies…humans have different vitamin and mineral requirements.

If you really feel you want to suppliment the pup with vitamins, then get some made for dogs…NutraVets, Missing Link…there are many on the market…but before you do even that…call you Vet and ask what he/she thinks…


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