Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a hereditary myocardial disease, characterised by an enlarged heart that does not function properly. This often leads to congestive heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Symptoms include increased heart rate, fainting, pale gums, breathing difficulties, exercise intolerance and loss of appetite. The condition is known to present itself in young-adult onset between 10 – 14 months of age.
Inheritance: autosomal recessive - read more
Mutation: RBM20 gene
Genetic test: The method used for testing is extremely accurate and allows complete differentiation between affected animals, carriers and healthy dogs. Testing can be done at any age.
Disease control: read more
Sample: EDTA whole blood (1.0 ml) or buccal swabs. Detailed information about sampling can be found here.