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Cardiology: Cardiac Health Screening for Doberman Pinchers

Doberman DCM Genetic Testing and NCSU Holter Package – $150.00

This package includes:

  • Doberman DCM1 and DCM2 genetic mutation testing
  • NC State Holter monitor rental, supplies, shipping both ways, and Technician Analysis

A Holter monitor and supplies will be sent with DNA collection swabs for genetic testing. Formal
genetic testing results and a Holter report with Technician Analysis only (NO Cardiologist
Interpretation) will be emailed to the email address provided. Due to limited Holter supplies, this
can be done for up to 4 dogs at a time and is available to owners, breeders, and veterinarians!
Each additional dog costs $130 and each dog needs their own request form.

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.