Cardiac Health Screening for Doberman Pinchers
About Doberman pinscher DCM
Doberman pinschers are one of the most common breeds of dogs to be affected with Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). When a Doberman pinscher is diagnosed with DCM, the implication of subsequent abnormalities, such as congestive heart failure and sudden death become concerns.
We have previously demonstrated that dilated cardiomyopathy is an inherited disease in the Doberman pinscher and appears to be inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. We previously identified one genetic mutation (PDK4; NCSU DCM1) for the disease and have now identified a second, NCSU DCM2. Dogs that carry both mutations are at the highest risk of getting sick from the disease, although dogs with a mutation in either gene can develop the disease as well.
Dr. Kate Meurs of the Veterinary Cardiac Genetics Lab at North Carolina State University presents free webinars! The content is targeted to the dog owner/breeder but anyone is welcome to view the sessions.
2014 Doberman DCM Update – Webinar: https://mymediasite.online.
2016 Doberman DCM Update & DCM2 Gene – Webinar: https://mymediasite.