Doberman Health Problems

Getting To Know More About Doberman Health Problems

Doberman Health ProblemsThe Doberman like any other dog breed is unfortunately vulnerable to a number of health problems, some of which have been inherited from its ancestral breeds. These genetic and inbred Doberman health problems can include heart disease and Wobbler’s syndrome.

Nevertheless, here are some common Doberman health problems for which a Doberman owner needs to look out.

Doberman Health Problems – Bloating

Bloat is a problem which is not restricted just to Dobermans. Other dog breeds can also suffer from bloat, especially if they are deep chested dog breeds.

Symptoms of Bloating

  • A dog is going to feel uneasy and is going to move around a lot after it has eaten its meal.
  • This moving around is accompanied with the dog lying down and then getting up and whining.
  • It may start to retch because the stomach has been twisted. That is going to cause a swelling in the abdominal region.
  • Your dog is going to drool and make retching noises.

Do not disregard any of these symptoms of bloat. This is a potentially dangerous condition and needs to be treated immediately by your vet. Do not look for other symptoms. If you find your dog is suffering from any of the symptoms, contact your vet immediately.

Doberman Health Problems – DCM Or Dilated Cardiomyopathy

A number of male Doberman pinchers are unfortunately susceptible to DCM. This is a fatal disease causing your 3 to 5-year-old male Doberman to die suddenly. That is because the muscles of the heart have been weakened especially the muscles of the left atrium and the left ventricle in Dobermans.

Symptoms of DCM

None of these symptoms should be ignored ever, unless you want to lose your Doberman.

Your dog is going to suffer from-

  • Labored breathing, especially after some exercise.
  • Respiratory distress in any form like coughing and gasping for breath.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of weight
  • No energy to do any sort of physical work

This unfortunately is genetically inherited and you need to speak to your vet about how you can prolong the life of your Doberman suffering from DCM.

Doberman Health Problems – Wobblers Syndrome

This condition is also known as cervical vertebral instability. A Doberman suffering from Wobbler’s Syndrome is going to show un-coordination and weakness in its limbs. You may also find its walk exaggerated. It takes a couple of months for this syndrome to show up and the limbs of the Doberman, start to weaken making the Doberman’s gait painful and stiff. Dobermans may also suffer from pain in the neck region as this condition worsens. Consider this to be a progressive and chronic disease.

This condition may start when the Doberman is about three years old. Dog breeders believe that this syndrome is inherited and that is why you need to know about the genetic line of your puppy, before you buy it.

These are some of the common Doberman health problems and you will need to keep a lookout for their symptoms so that your Doberman does not suffer needlessly from such conditions, ever.