Why Do Genetic Testing in Your Dog?

Bringing a new puppy into the family is a financial and emotional investment. Once the kids fall in love with that new puppy, there is no turning back, no matter what might happen. Whether you are a dog trainer, simply a careful buyer looking for a long-term pet, or have recently adopted your dog, genetic testing can help you understand the potential genetic threats to your dog’s health. Testing your dog now, regardless of their age or breed, will save money over time.

The Canine HealthCheckTM is a genetic screen that examines your dog’s DNA for mutations found in more than 150 diseases and traits found in all types of breeds of dog - purebred dogs, mixed breeds or designer breeds.  The tests are performed in an economical and efficient manner, while using the highest medical standards in the industry. This allows us to offer you this large screen of inherited diseases and traits at an affordable cost of less than $1 per test.

The testing for the Canine HealthCheck is performed by Paw Print Genetics, one of the most trusted genetic testing laboratories in the world. The Canine HealthCheck is a kit that contains all that you need to get testing for one dog. Once your kit is activated and you have sent your samples to the laboratory using the convenient, postage paid mailer, you can track your samples to the laboratory and will receive an alert from the lab when the samples arrive and when your results are complete and ready for viewing.

Although many people find out that their dog is not at-risk for the genetic conditions tested, testing now may provide you with important information such as what to look for as your dog ages, medications to avoid or how to provide the best care in an emergency situtation. Knowing your dog's genetic risks will save costly diagnostic workups should your dog become sick due to its condition. Providing your Canine HealthCheck results to your veterinarian will help them provide better care for your pet.

In addition to having the highest testing standards available, Paw Print Genetics prides itself on having the finest customer support in the industry. When we are in the office during normal business hours, we would be happy to talk with you on the phone or return your email within the same day. On weekends or holidays, we will get back to you within 24 hours to make sure we address your personal situation as quickly as possible.  It is important to us that you understand the results you receive from us, so questions are welcomed.

Whether you are a current or prospective dog owner or someone looking for a highly trained dog for specific service work, hunting or the show ring, understanding your dog’s genetic health will help you make better decisions concerning your dog. Having screened for potential genetic diseases gives you important information to help ensure a long, healthy life. Truly a test for any dog, the Canine HealthCheck is a smart way to better understand your dog. 

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