Cardiac Screening Clinic Will Be Held At 2014 DPCA National Specialty

A comprehensive cardiac screening clinic will be held for the third consecutive year Oct. 6 to 11 at the Doberman Pinscher Club of America (DPCA) National Specialty in Topeka, Kan. The screenings, which are available to owners at no cost, will be provided by a team of board-certified veterinary cardiologists.

The purpose is to identify Dobermans with the early-stage asymptomatic or occult dilated cardio­myopathy (DCM) and validate blood-based screening tests to help detect the fatal heart disease that affects 40 percent of the breed. Fifty percent of dogs die from sudden death due to ventricular arrhythmia, of which 33 percent had no prior sign of heart disease. 

The screening tests will include:

  • A physical examination
  • A blood sample for biomarker and DNA testing
  • Echocardiogram to detect heart structure and function abnormalities
  • Three-minute electrocardiogram and 24-hour Holter monitor testing to assess heart rhythm

Results from the echocardiogram and electrocardiogram will be provided to owners on site. The results of Holter monitor and biomarker DNA testing will be sent to owners after the analyses are completed.