Human DNA testing to determine genetic origin is undoubtedly very popular currently. How many times have you sat and looked at your dog and wondered about its genetic and breed makeup? Did you know that there are similar DNA tests for pets? The Royal Canin Genetic Health Analysis is a popular choice for those who would like more detailed answer to the question, “What breed is your dog?” than “He’s a mutt!” In honor of National Mutt Day on July 31st, keep reading to learn more about genetic testing for dogs and the helpful information it can provide.
After we order the Health Analysis Kit for you, the first step is a simple blood draw in our clinic. We submit your dog’s sample to the lab for analysis, and in a few weeks, Royal Canin sends us the results so that the doctor may interpret them and schedule a time to discuss those results with you. It’s as easy as that!
The benefits of genetic testing for your dog extend past a more concrete knowledge of its breed and lineage: In addition to testing for over 250 breeds and variations, this test provides information about hereditary diseases, testing for nearly 200 such disease states, as well as MDR1, or Multi-Drug Resistance 1. MDR1 is a genetic mutation that limits the absorption and distribution of certain medications throughout the body. Having this information is very important for certain breeds to prevent medication reactions.
If you would like to learn more about genetic testing, or would like to schedule your dog’s visit to begin the process, please contact us. We’ll help you find out if your mixed breed dog is an Affenpinscher, a Yorkshire terrier, or anything in between!