Doberman Pinscher DCM Webinar

Doberman Pinschers are one of the most common breeds of dogs to be affected with Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). When a Doberman 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 have identified one genetic mutation for the disease that we can test for, a mutation in the PDK4 gene. However, we know that in human beings there are more than 20 different mutations that can all cause this disease and that Dobermans likely have more than one.