The only real problem with a Doberman is that they just don’t live long enough. Unfortunately, they belong to the “large breed” crowd that lives shorter than other dog breeds. However, you can help yours stay as healthy as possible by being aware of the common health issues so you can watch for signs of them. Taking your Dobie for regular vet visits is a good idea to help catch problems early. The following are the top three health concerns for your Doberman that you should watch for.
#1 – Cancer
It seems like most Dobermans pass away from cancer. The best thing you can do is be on the lookout for signs of cancers, including any lumps that appear on your dog’s body, change of appetite and energy level, weight loss, unusual bleeding, or persistent lameness. Treatments vary depending on the type and location of the cancer.
#2 – Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
Dobermans are prone to DCM, where diseased heart muscles become enlarged and weak, making it harder and harder for the heart to pump blood. In some cases, the dog’s death is the first sign of any trouble. It usually shows up after the age of four. The genes for this disease are yet unknown, though it is thought to be inherited, so definitely ask breeders if they have had any incidences in their line. Early diagnoses and treatment can help a dog live longer.
#3 – Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is pretty common in Dobermans. A simple blood test can determine whether your dog has a thyroid hormone deficiency. If they do, a thyroid supplement can be given daily to help your Doberman live a normal life.
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