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Dog DNA Testing


A new field in the scientific world is dog DNA testing. Professional breeders, vets, and dog owners use this tool for research on dogs. DNA provides information on the dogs ancestry as well as medical information.

Reasons To Put Your Dog To The Test

The most common reasons why you might seek canine DNA testing are

. to check the health of the dog on the genetic level.

. to find hereditary differences in breeds.

. to prove the dog is a purebred

. look into the dogs behavioral traits

. establish a DNA ancestry

. to record DNA for identification of the dog.

. to discover the best mix breed dogs.

Medical companies are quickly developing DNA testing. Kits containing instructions on identifying coat and color, DNA sexing and banking tests. It might be a good idea to test your dog. You can find out more about his or her health and save you from misdiagnosis. Types Of DNA Testing There are 2 kinds of DNA testing. The first kind requires a vet. The other is an at-home kit. You can test your dog by blood or saliva to determine its DNA info.

. The blood test must be done by the vet. They will safely draw the correct amount in a medical tube. They can send it to the lab right away. This can be more expensive than a saliva DNA testing.

. Saliva testing is at home. You buy the kit based on your specific reason for testing. Some are for determining winning characteristics some test for diseases. You can start as soon as you get the kit. Ask your dog to co-operate. Use the supplied instructions and be sure to follow the directions carefully. Using a soft brush or swab, wipe inside your dogs cheek. Put it directly in the provided container. Promptly mail the sample to the lab. They will process the sample and send you the information gained from the DNA test. What To Expect DNA will not answer all of our questions. It will tell you the ancestry of the dog within limits. The depth of the test depends on the records of the lab.

. Primary Category - This is the breed or breeds that comprise 50% or more of the DNA composition sample.

. Secondary - These are the easily identified markers.

. In-the-mix - This refers to the breeds that have the least influence. If you are given complete readouts of your results you may also get a certificate from the lab. Display the results and your dogs diploma. Dog DNA testing is a cool tool for dog owners and vets. Look up your doggies ancestors. It is an exciting new science.

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