The Art Of Dog Genetic Testing

The Art Of Dog Genetic Testing

Knowing your dog’s DNA does much more than satisfying curiosity as to what your dog’s heritage is. It can go a long way to helping you understand your dog‘s personality and even helps in identifying breed-specific health problems

Fortunately there is now a very affordable and exact way to discover that with an unproblematic genetic test which involves just a cheek swab and a few days’ wait. No visit to your veterinarian, no blood sample. Easy.

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What are the benefits of DNA Testing?

There are many benefits of having the answers to the mystery in your mixed breed dog. Most of them have been outlined below

  • Ideal for rescues, adopted dogs and any dog family who wants to know about their dog!
  • It goes a long way to helping you understand your dog breed’s potential health risks and diseases
  • Help your Veterinarian help you better manage your dog’s health and wellness
  • Better understand the traits that generally associate with each breed, their behaviors and personalities
  • It helps you Help tailor appropriate exercise needs and training for your dog

You will be so glad that you did the DNA Breed test because it will help you understand your dog better, which assists you in providing better health care and training which in turn results to a happy and well-balanced life for your dog.

What does a DNA test for dogs entail?

The process is very simple and straightforward. The owner receives a home kit or can go to clinic and a sample of hair or blood is taken from your animal sent to the genetics lab and analyzed for gene expression.

The thrill of performing the DNA test is exhilarating! And the suspense in waiting, and the excitement of receiving the DNA results are beyond words! You’ll be glad you did.

Cost

The cost of at-home DNA testing is comparatively inexpensive because there are no veterinary fees involved. Kits range between $35.00 and $99.00, plus the cost of shipping

How is testing carried out?

- DNA kit

The kit is shipped and when received, the dog owner follows the simple instructions to take DNA samples from their pets. The kit contains a soft bristle brush that the customer rubs against the cheek of his dog. This non-invasive and painless method makes it easy for all dog owners to take a DNA sample from their dog.

How long does it take to get results?

Results are usually returned in four to six weeks.

Where to get a DNA test

The tests are available online and at many pet supply retail stores. All of the kits test DNA via a cheek swab sampling

Not surprisingly, like most products, not all dog breed DNA tests are created equal. The more breeds in a company’s database, the greater the chance for accuracy in their results, says Nathan Sutter, PhD, assistant professor of medical genetics at Cornell University. And generally, the more dog breeds the company has in its database, the more expensive the test.

Best places to get your dog’s genetics test online:

Canine Heritage Breed Test (800-362-3644)

Cost: $99.95

Tests dog’s DNA against 105 different breeds

Findings: Siberian Husky as a secondary breed (Canine Heritage only lists a primary breed if the dog has a purebred parent), with German Shepherd in the mix

DDC Veterinary (800-625-0874)

Cost: $68

Tests dog’s DNA against 62 different breeds

Findings: Level 1 Siberian Husky, made up of at least 75%, level 4 German Shepherd, made up of between 10% and 19%

Mars Wisdom Panel™ Insights: Cheek swab (301-444-7900)

Cost: $79.99

Tests dog’s DNA against 170 different breeds

Results are expected between 2 to 3 weeks

Findings: Made up of at least 50% Siberian Husky and 25% Border Collie

All of the available tests require either a swab from your dog’s cheek or a blood sample drawn by your veterinarian.

In conclusion, no matter what the results are from any testing, your dog is still the same fantastic creature it always was, so don’t let less than desirable test results cloud your feelings about your pet. Mixed breed or pure, your dog loves you just as you are. Don’t you owe your pet the same unconditional acceptance?

Dog Transportation

Dog Transportation

Most pet owners believe their dog (or cat) is part of the family, yet how are they transporting them?  Are they harnessed in a car from the back?  Or maybe they are left to roam free?  Are any of those acceptable for one of us?  Would we really treat our family that way?

Many owners really enjoy taking their pet on vacation with them.  This causes some inconvenience, but most of the time it is worth it to have the one member of the family that truly shows unconditional love, along to share the memories and experience of the journey.

How does it usually start?  A drive to the airport right?

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Many airport transportation companies are very pet friendly to include limousine services.  Doesn’t a limo seem so elegant?  Does it not truly encourage the life of a VIP or celebrity?  Who wouldn’t want to feel that way?  The family pet is included in that feeling.

Next time you are on your way to the airport to an exotic location, don’t cage the dog.  Bring him with you and call a limousine service that will safely bring you and all of your family members to your destination.  Besides, wouldn’t the dog even feel like a celebrity when you can pay attention to them as well?