- Doberman Pinscher
Doberman Pinscher Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
This disease of the heart can result in sudden death of relatively young dogs. Early in the disease, there are often no clinical symptoms, but the weakened pumping capacity of the heart can eventually lead to congestive heart failure. In some breeds, notably Doberman Pinschers, the disease is often an inherited one.
Recently, Dr. Kate Meurs at Washington State University identified one mutation that is responsible for inherited dilated cardiomyopathy in Dobermans and developed a DNA test for it. We are happy to be able to offer that test through Vetgen.