Curiosity Behind Genetic Dog Testing

Why should your pet get DNA genetic testing?

When it comes to our pets, it's no secret that most of us consider them as part of the family. They're undoubtedly part of our life and extremely important to us so their health is just as important to us as our own. In this article, you're going to learn: 

  • How DNA genetic testing can help your pet

  • What types of tests there are 

  • Your first steps for getting it done for your pet 

How can DNA testing help your pet? 
We all learn in school that everybody has different DNA, and the same goes for your pets. Though where we have 46 chromosomes, they have 78. 
There are so many different breeds in the world today, from German Shepherds to Chihuahuas. Every breed has different characteristics, and every breed has different needs when it comes to grooming, nutrition, and hereditary disease they may be prone to. You're certainly not going to groom a hairless breed the same way that you're going to groom a long haired one. Likewise, you're not going to get a puppy that grows into a very large dog if you know you don't have the space for it. 
When it comes to disease and illness, it's vital to know which of them your pet is predisposed to. Just like it's important to know if you have a history of diabetes in your family, it's important to know what your pet's breed is likely to have. 
When you know what your dog may or may not be affected by, it makes taking preventative measures extremely simple and makes keeping your pet happy and healthy a walk in the park (sometimes literally.
This may all seem very clear cut and simple, but it becomes infinitely more complicated when you take mixed breed pets into account. It can be very hard to tell exactly what breed your pet may be, especially if they are a mix of more than two or three. 

What are the different methods? 
There are a few different kits that you can get when it comes to DNA testing with a wide variety of prices and accuracy. 
Most include a cotton swab that you simply swab your pets cheek with a couple of time (preferably after they've eaten) and then send in to your chosen company. They all have differences, but their processes are much the same. 
For example, Embark's DNA test kit requires you to seal your swab into provided stabilizing fluid before you ship it. On the other hand, Wisdom Panel's identification kit requires you to simply let it dry before you send it to them. 
To find one that's right for you, it's always preferable to visit a vet and ask for their professional opinion. 

What's the first step? 
The first step, as it always is when it comes to health and well being, is to see a vet. They can help you find which one you need, or even do it there in their office. It's always important to consult a professional before doing anything that could affect your pet's health! 

Conclusion 
We all know that our pet's health is important to us. Hopefully, with this knowledge you'll be able to make sure your's has a long healthy life! 
If you'd like to book an appointment with us or ask any questions, please feel free to call or fax us at (954) 653-6868, send an email to info@954pet.com, stop by 4200 S. University Dr. Davie FL, or even send us as question on our Contact Us page. We're dedicated to keeping your pet happy and healthy!