Plenty of pet owners in the modern era opt to adopt their canine friend from a shelter. This wonderful practice gives these animals a new lease on life, and enables them to live out their years with a loving owner.
As owners, we also want what’s best for our pets. We may spend an ample amount of time feeding and grooming them, but we can never be certain about any health problems they may develop in the future. Luckily, this is where genetic health testing for dogs may be useful.
Dog DNA tests aren’t all that different from human DNA tests. They typically require owners to extract a DNA sample by swabbing the inside of their canine’s cheek before sending off the sample to the company offering the test.
A single Dog DNA test can tell you a lot about your canine. This includes:
If you adopted your canine from a shelter, you may be unsure about their breed. This is especially true in cases of mixed breeds that possess a variety of unique features. There are hundreds of dog breeds out there, which can make it difficult for you to pin down exactly what your dog’s specific breed is.
A Dog DNA testing company will screen your dog’s DNA against the DNA of hundreds of different breeds using “genotyping”and offer accurate insight into their ancestry. It’s not uncommon for shelter dogs to be a mix of many different breeds. A DNA test will provide a detailed breakdown of their breed percentage.
DNA testing companies also perform health screening on the samples you provide them. This screening involves checking for hundreds of genetic diseases your dog may be susceptible to. Such information can be invaluable for owners so that they can anticipate and prepare for any future health problems.
Such health problems are all too common with certain breeds. Some examples include:
● Dry eye or eye deformities inBloodhounds.
● Gastric dilatation volvulus inPoodles. This condition can be deadly if it isn’t treated with surgery.
● Canine cancer in Boxers.
● Patellar luxation, which causes unstable kneecaps for Shih Tzus.
● Bone cancer and cardiac disorders in Saint Bernards.
● Hip and elbow dysplasia inGolden Retrievers.
● Respiratory problems inBulldogs.
● Epilepsy in Beagles.
● Eye problems in Pugs.
● Autoimmune disorders inSuberian Huskies.
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Swab the inside of your dog's cheek for thirty seconds.
Mail your dog's swab back to us with a free return label.
Get a full breakdown of your dog' breed mix, track their ancestry, and see their family tree back to great grandparents.Get Started
Test your dog for 200+ genetic health risks and easily share a health report directly with your veterinarian.
“Embark was able to give me the information I needed for both of my dogs . I wasn’t worried about their breed type but it was definitely interesting to find out . The health testing was the most important part as I can now better plan their future.”
An Embark Breed + Health dog DNA test enables a dog owner to learn about their pup’s breed, ancestry, health, relatives, and more with a simple cheek swab.