Let’s face it, Doberman problems do happen. Let’s examine some of the health issues that your Doberman might have.
Just about every dog breed has some type of respective problem. Bulldogs for example have respiratory issues, Great Danes face Addison’s disease (a hormonal disorder), and Rottweilers can have bone/joint problems,. What kinds of Doberman health problems might you run into while raising your Pinscher? There are several Doberman health issues you should be aware of: dilated cardiomyopathy, dyspnea, and renal failure, among others.
This is one of the major Doberman Pinscher issues. In fact dilated cardiomyopathy affects Dobermans more so than any other type of dog. What is dilated cardiomyopathy exactly? In essence this disorder is a weakening of the heart itself.
Causes: As your dog get older, the chambers of their heart can dilate or enlarge. Why the heart enlarges, can be a tough one to figure out. I think truly think it’s genetic link that some large dog breeds have. The enlargement causes the walls of the heart to get thinner, weaker. The resulting problem is that the heart can’t effectively pumping blood to the rest of the body.
Symptoms: Difficulty breathing, a persistent cough, fatigue, unexplained fluid build up in extremities or organs of the body.
Cardiomyopathy can be a grave situation for your Doberman Pinscher, so it’s important to make sure you partner with a good vet to get regular checkups for your dog.
This is another one of the big problems that your Doberman may experience some time during their life cycle. Dyspnea is a respiratory-related disorder in which oxygen isn’t effectively reaching all of the tissues of your dog’s body.
Causes: Dyspnea can be caused by a number of different things ranging from chest or thorax trauma, to lung disease, to heart disease, to infections like pneumonia.
Symptoms: Dyspnea is marked by your dog having fluid in his/her chest and or lungs coupled with labored breathing, weight loss, coughing, and fatigue.
Renal failure is a problem that’s common to a number of breeds, but the Doberman Pinscher is one breed that’s slightly more susceptible. Renal or kidney failure, makes it progressively difficult for your Doberman to properly rid the body of toxins that normally accumulate in your pet’s body (toxins which are usually expelled through urine).
Causes: Heart failure, blockage of the urinary tract, damage to the kidneys.
Symptoms Weight loss, loss of appetite, tongue discoloration, unusual urination patterns.
Other Doberman-Related Health Problems
Some smaller health problems that you might want to be aware of include hypothyroidism (the reduced production of thyroid hormone which leads to weight gain and fatigue in your Doberman). Hip dyplasia (irregular growth of the hip joint which can cause arthritis and limited mobility in your dog), prostate disease, and cervical vertebral instability (an issue affecting your dog’s spinal cord).
This may sound like a scary list of health problems that could potentially affect your Doberman. It doesn’t mean that you’re dog necessarily run into one of these issues, but it’s better to be informed to ensure that you can keep your Doberman as healthy as possible.