What is Doberman cardiomyopathy?

What is Doberman cardiomyopathy?

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a fatal genetic heart disorder common in Doberman pinschers. The disease affects the heart muscle’s ability to contract, leading to congestive heart failure or sudden death in adult dogs.

Are Doberman pinschers allergic?

Doberman Pinschers often develop allergies in the face, paws, sides, hind end, and legs. If your Dobie is frequently chewing, scratching, or biting at these spots on his body, he is likely suffering from an allergy. Other skin allergy symptoms include dandruff and flaky, scaly skin in any of the aforementioned areas.

How do I know if my Doberman is a DCM?

During the clinical phase of the disease there are signs such as fainting or collapse, weight loss, breathlessness, coughing and/or fluid retention resulting in distension of the abdomen. Sadly Dobermans with DCM can also experience sudden death which is likely to be due to abnormal rapid heart rhythms.

Why do Dobermans have heart problems?

The DCM disease process in Dobermans starts when cardiomyocyte cells in the heart die prematurely and noncontractile fibrotic cells replace them. As the heart muscle loses its contractile cells, it is unable to adequately pump blood to the body.

What is the prognosis for a dog with an enlarged heart?

Unless your dog is continually and severely affected by this condition, long term hospitalization is usually not required. However, depending on the underlying cause of your dog’s enlarged heart, it is often progressive and there is no cure.

Are Doberman pinschers dangerous?

Doberman Pinschers were once common as guard and police dogs, and thus have a reputation of being intimidating and aggressive, especially towards strangers. In the CDC’s study, this breed was involved in nine dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988, ranking it sixth on the CDC’s list.

What kind of health problems does a Doberman Pinscher have?

Petplan Pet Insurance says, of the insured Doberman Pinschers it has, dilated cardiomyopathy, gastroenteritis and skin infections are common illnesses. The average costs for these health problems are: You have the option to pay for these illnesses out of your own pocket, or you can sign your dog up for pet insurance and have it covered.

How many cups of Kibble does a Doberman Pinscher need?

Doberman Pinschers require between 1800 to 2200 calories a day to maintain a healthy weight, which is between 70 to 100 pounds for an adult dog. In total, your pet might consume between three to five cups of dry dog kibble a day, depending on individual needs.

What to do if your Doberman Pinscher has gastric torsion?

If the stomach has already begun to twist, your vet may perform surgery on your dog. The vet will make an incision in the dog’s stomach to help alleviate gas pressure. The stomach may be stapled in place to prevent gastric torsion from occurring again. Gastric torsion is very serious.

What should I do if my Doberman Pinscher walks wobbly?

Dogs develop a wobbly walk, which is where the name comes from. Treatment consists of your dog’s vet inspecting the location of the spinal compression and determining if surgery is an option. Your vet may suggest bed rest.

Can a Doberman Pinscher be diagnosed with DCM?

Unfortunately, instances of Doberman’s diagnosed with DCM seems to be increasing in recent years. To make the panic worse, the FDA has released a list of dog foods that have been linked to DCM in canines. So what does this all mean? Before you panic, let’s simplify all of this so the average owner (like you and me) can get a better grasp on things.

What kind of diet does a Doberman Pinscher eat?

A 3-year-old Doberman Pinscher was on Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Bison diet (which is a grain-free food). He began getting finicky with his food. Three days after going on a hike he threw up and was rushed to the veterinarian. He was in congestive heart failure (CHF), which is common during the later stages of DCM.

Can a Doberman Pinscher have an enlarged heart?

There has been a lot of confusion, and even panic, surrounding dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), also known as simply “an enlarged heart”, within the Doberman community lately. Unfortunately, instances of Doberman’s diagnosed with DCM seems to be increasing in recent years.

Is the Doberman Pinscher a good family dog?

Doberman Pinschers are great family dogs, but their size and weight can cause problems if you aren’t careful. They are protective and loving when it comes to their inner circle. Their size can pose problems around smaller dogs, children, and the elderly, but with proper socialization and supervision, Dobies make great family dogs.