Deafness and Vestibular Syndrome of Dobermans, DVDob, DINGS

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This disease affects the hearing and balance mechanisms of the inner ear.

  • Signs and symptoms

    Affected puppies exhibit signs of vestibular disease such as mild head tilt and poor balance; these signs can often progress with age.

    Signs begin developing in puppies and worsen with age.

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  • Diagnosis

    Genetic testing, clinical signs, and BAER testing may all be used to diagnose this condition.

  • Treatment

    There is no treatment for this disorder.

  • What to do if your dog is at risk


    • Teaching your dog visual commands will also help you communicate when the hearing loss occurs.

  • Genetic Information

    DINGS is characterized by bilateral deafness and vestibular disease and is known to occur somewhat frequently in the Doberman Pinscher.

    This disease is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, meaning that affected dogs must have two copies of the mutation to show clinical signs.

    Gene names:

    MYO7A ‐ chr

    Inheritance type:


  • Breeds affected

    This health condition affects the following breeds

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