Three reasons to get pet insurance for Doberman Pinschers
Doberman Pinschers are noble and loyal dogs. Their muscular physique and beautiful shiny coat make them look very regal. These dogs are historically known for being great protectors, but it’s always good for them to have a great pet insurance plan to protect them from potential health risks.
That's because Dobermans, like all dog breeds, are vulnerable to accidents and illness – including genetically inherited ones. Here are three examples.
All dogs have their little quirks, and you may confuse wobbler syndrome – whose symptoms are clear from the name – with just that. However, this condition, found commonly in Dobermans, is a compression off the spinal cord that causes neck pain and weakness in the legs. Spinal surgery can cost anywhere between $1,500 to $5,000 depending on how severe the condition has gotten. If left untreated, a dog may struggle to continue walking, potentially losing all mobility in its legs.
As a big breed, Dobermans are particularly susceptible to joint issues like hip dysplasia. This is when the hip joint doesn't align right, causing pain and difficulty using the hip muscles. It can cost around $3,000 to treat – which would be mostly covered by the right pet insurance plan – it could develop into arthritis. As arthritis is an incurable disease, dogs that have contracted it will have to be placed on lifelong medication. That’s hundreds of dollars a year for the rest of a pup’s life. Pet insurance often covers these medications, if the condition wasn’t diagnosed prior to buying the plan.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart)
Dobermans can suffer from an enlarged heart, where the heart itself becomes thicker and weaker. If you find that your Doberman is feeling moe frail than usual with the odd fainting spell, then this could be the cause. This can cause heart and respiratory failure later down the line if not diagnosed and treated quickly. Depending on the severity, this type of heart condition can cost more than $2,000 to rectify.