Doberman Pinschers are renowned for their athleticism and outstanding strength. But like all other dogs, poor maintenance, and unhealthy genes can make this pooch fall really sick.
That said, some of the health issues that Dobermans are predisposed to include:
- Von Willebrand disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Wobbler’s syndrome
- Skin infections
- Cataracts, etc.
It is important to note that these diseases are seldom fatal, and the medical conditions that typically cause Doberman deaths are outlined below:
What Do Dobermans Usually Die From?
Health conditions that are commonly responsible for Doberman deaths worldwide include:
Doberman Pinschers are particularly prone to suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM, in short), a life-threatening heart condition characterized by a weakening or abnormal enlargement of the pooch’s heart, such that it can no longer pump blood effectively.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dobermans largely goes under the radar, and in several cases, this disease isn’t diagnosed until after the pooch is dead.
Studies carried out estimate that 70% of Dobermans worldwide are carriers of this ailment, and it is also expected that this figure will rise significantly in the nearest future.
Dobermans, like the majority of other dog breeds, are prone to suffering from cancer. And this silent killer is responsible for a significant percentage of yearly Doberman deaths.
Common occurrences of cancer among Doberman Pinschers include cancer of the mammary glands, mast cell tumors, malignant lymphoma, and soft tissue sarcomas, among others.
What makes cancer mostly fatal for Dobermans is that the disease is hard to diagnose until symptoms have progressed to a reasonable extent. And also, there are no genetic tests that can screen for cancer predisposition in a Doberman pooch.
Dobermans are prone to several stomach issues, but the most fatal is the Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, commonly referred to as bloat.
Bloat is an emergency medical condition that is characterized by a twisting of the Doberman’s stomach, thereby leading to a build-up of gas and an obstruction to the flow of gas and food around the pooch’s body.
Gastric Dilatation Volvulus progresses fairly quickly. And if left unattended to, bloat can end a Doberman’s life in as little as 30 minutes!