Jan 10 2018

Deciphering the Code with Dog DNA Testing

bulldog getting dna test at vet

Ever since James Watson and Francis Crick worked out the molecular structure of DNA back in the early 1960s, the field of genetic studies has been expanding at an exponential rate. Humans rely on DNA testing to uncover a variety of mysteries, including paternity, ancestry, and the probability of developing certain inherited diseases.

Genetic testing is also used regularly to solve crimes and learn more about the plant and animal ancestors that once inhabited the earth.

Given the relative ease and low cost of genetic testing today, it only makes sense to turn our sights toward man’s best friend. Dog DNA testing is rapidly increasing in popularity as a way to finally discover the true lineage of our beloved pals.

Dog DNA Testing At Paws, Purrs, and Exotics!

Here at Paws, Purrs, and Exotics we are proud to offer state-of-the-art dog DNA testing right here in our office! The Royal Canin genetic health analysis program that we utilize has over 90% accuracy in determining the breeds that make up your unique dog. Here’s how it works:

  • Your veterinarian will draw a small blood sample in the comfort of our clinic
  • The sample is sent directly to the lab at Royal Canin, where it is processed and analyzed
  • A report is sent to us 2-3 weeks later
  • Meet with your veterinarian to learn all about your pet!

Because the Royal Canin genetic health analysis compares your dog’s DNA to the genetic material of over 250 different breeds and varieties of dogs in their database, you will be getting a head start when it comes to crafting a wellness plan tailored specifically to the needs of your unique dog.

The Benefits of Dog DNA Testing

Besides the fun of knowing which breeds make up your Heinz 57 pup, the Royal Canin genetic health analysis provides us with the opportunity to predict your puppy’s likely adult weight and size, which, when combined with breed information, can help us to make nutritional and feeding recommendations to ensure your pet stays at a healthy weight.

Knowing which breeds make up your pet is also useful for understanding the personality quirks, exercise needs, and other breed-related challenges of your particular dog. This can help when it comes to training, socialization, and overall lifestyle choices.

Dog DNA testing can have significant positive health implications for your dog. Knowing your dog’s heritage can help your veterinary team be on the lookout for certain inherited conditions associated with a specific breed.

Are you ready to have your dog’s DNA tested?. Give us a call to find out more!

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