Vets at the University of Liverpool are looking for Dobermann volunteers to participate in a research project to combat canine heart disease.
The dogs will take part in a screening programme to detect early signs of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a heart condition that is particularly common in the breed.
The disease, which can affect dogs, cats and humans, causes the heart to become enlarged and weakened. Over a number of years the contraction of the heart begins to decline and the muscle becomes enlarged, but the dog’s owner may not detect any symptoms of the disease for some time. When the dog does show signs of heart failure the disease progresses rapidly and can kill the animal within weeks.
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