Considering a DNA Test for Your Dog? Read This!

Dogs are an integral part of our families. We love them, we care for them, and we can’t imagine what we would do without them.

Of course, if you adopted your pet from a shelter, you might want to know more about their background. One way to find out about the history of your pet is through a DNA test! 

How do pet DNA tests work?

Dog DNA tests are fairly easy to take. All you have to do is order a kit from one of the various companies, collect your pet's saliva by brushing their cheek and then send it back in for processing! The whole process usually takes about four weeks before results are returned (though occasionally faster or longer).

What can you learn from these tests?

The tests can tell you what breeds your pet is mixed with, the percentage of each breed, and sometimes even if they have certain genetic health conditions. You'll also be able to find out more about their history (if it's not already known)and how old they are! 

Where can I get a DNA test for my pet, and how much does it cost?

There are many companies that offer these tests including VetGen, Embark, and Wisdom Panel. All you need to do is order the kit from their website or go into one of their partner stores like Petco, and you'll be able to get a kit quickly.

However, there are some things that you need to know before getting a DNA test for your pets. First off, they usually cost anywhere from $100-$250 depending on the company. There is also an added fee if you want certain tests done, such as those for genetic health conditions. All of the companies will have a list of which tests come with their kit and those that need to be purchased separately, so make sure you know what you're ordering.

If you want to learn more about your dog, a DNA test could definitely provide you with the answers you’re looking for! And, as the science continues to advance, you could learn even more!

RESOURCES:

​​https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/12/09/786319145/a-family-tree-for-dog-dna-tests-for-pets-take-off-ahead-of-the-science#:~:text=Many%20of%20the%20DNA%20tests,to%20certain%20conditions%2C%20says%20Hughes.

 

https://www.pumpkin.care/blog/dog-dna-test/

 

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/dog-dna-testing-genetic-screenings/

Written by Brooke Knight

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