Canine DNA Testing is now available!
DNA Testing is not a new thing. It's been around for some time - we've all watched CSI or Law and Order using it to catch the crooks (and in record time we might point out) to know this. However, it is now readily available to our canine companions and with pretty impressive results. While it won't tell you why your dog won't eat it's gourmet treats, but happily gnaw on a stick (or worse...). Or why they love swimming at the beach but run for cover when the shampoo and hairdryer make an appearance. But what it will tell you, is what has gone into making your little curly tailed, floppy eared, long-nosed, googly eyed friend who they are.
With years of extensive research, expertise of leading scientists, veterinarians, universities and breed organisations throughout the world, the Advance Mixed Breed Identification DNA Database has developed genetic signatures for over 200 breeds, types and varieties of Fido - developed from more than 10,000 purebred pooches.
More than 99% of genetic material is common to all breeds of dogs, but there are subtle differences between breeds and most of which come in the form of a SNP (a single-nucleotide polymorphism - a single base (nucleotide) change). Different breeds have different SNP patterns - some SNP's are only found in select breeds, with others found commonly amongst many breeds. It takes just one little old SNP to cause a significant difference in your pup's appearance.
Interesting (and somewhat confusing) yes? Well the good news is that it's literally as simple as taking a blood sample, sending it off to the USA and within 21 days, you have a customised and detailed report. Think:
Breed Family Tree
Detailed description and histories of each breed detected
Recommended nutrition and exercise program, and
Breed Ancestry Certificate
What do we get out of this, we hear you ask. Being animals doctors and not fortune-tellers, it gives us a sneak peek into a canine crystal ball in regards to potential health issues that your pet may encounter. We can discuss with you breed-specific diseases that are more likely to be of concern with your pet, help inform you of the associated screening, treatment and costs. It allows us to create customised nutrition and wellness plans, avoid medications that can cause health issues, plus take preventative care measures and recognise early signs of genetic disease.
So if you've wondered what makes up Fido, or Fluffy is having some sleepless nights with unanswered questions of 'Who am I' and 'Why is my bottom so boofy?', give us a call on (07) 3613 9644!