Join Date: Apr 2009
Dogs Name: Richter; Sypha; RIP Shanoa & Simon
Titles: Richter: CAA L1V NW1 L1I L1E L1C NW2 L2V ACT1 RATI WAC; Sypha: NW1 NW2 L1C L1V L1E RATI SOG WAC
Dogs Age: d.o.b. 7/13/2012; d.o.b. 12/6/2015
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On the topic of food, personally, I wouldn't feed Zignature, as it's a brand that does not employ a nutritionist to make their formulas, and does not do extensive food trials to test the food. It's also one that has had quite a few cases of dogs with suspected nutritional DCM. It's just my opinion, of course, but I wouldn't feel comfortable feeding it. Iams is one of the foods that IS made by a manufacturer that does use a veterinary or PhD nutritionist and extensive food trials. Many people will disagree, but since they've had no reports of nutritional DCM, and a long history of formulating dog food correctly, I'd feel just fine feeding it.
On the other topic of DCM in your dog's pedigree, that's an entirely different topic. All Dobermans are going to have DCM in the pedigree. A good, educated breeder should be able to walk through the pedigree with you and let you know which dogs have been diagnosed with it...personally, I'd like to go back past simply the grandparents and great-grandparents, and I also want to know about the lateral pedigree. By that, I mean, what about the siblings of my dog's parents, the siblings of my dog's grandparents, etc?
If you can talk with your breeder more extensively about your dog's pedigree to get more health information, and not just about DCM, it's very helpful for you. I like to know things like, did anyone have bloat? What about cancer? What type? What about allergies? How about OCD behaviors like obsessive eating of things? Anyone have obstructions? The more information you have about everyone, the more armed you are.
Richter & Sypha
Glengate's Mountain Fortress CAA ORT L1V NW1 L1I L1E L1C NW2 L2V L2I ACT1 RATI SOG WAC
& Sirai's Golden Masquerade ORT NW1 L1C L1V L1E L1I L2C L2I NW2 RATI SOG WAC
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