Happy New Year, from all of us at Canine HealthCheck

As one year closes and we begin a new, I like to take this time to reflect on the accomplishments of Paw Print Genetics (PPG) and our genetic health screen, the Canine HealthCheck.  The Canine HealthCheck is performed in our PPG Laboratory here in Spokane, WA.  It still amazes me that in such a short time (the Canine HealthCheck was launched in 2015), we have become the most trusted laboratory for genetic information.  Perhaps this is because we are so accessible. When you call to discuss the Canine HealthCheck, you are talking to employees of PPG including PhD geneticists and licensed veterinarians who are on-staff and in our offices, available by phone for consultation about your breeding program, a particular dog that needs testing, or a specific result.  Providing genetic counseling and a helpful ear is so important for assisting breeders in navigating the ever-changing world of canine genetics.

The Canine HealthCheck (CHC) had several accomplishments this year. For me, our biggest accomplishment is how fast we continue to grow and the number of new breeders and dog owners who tried the CHC kit for the first time this past year.  These new customers are finding us mostly ...

Season's Greetings from Canine HealthCheck

This is a special time of year; the time of year when we reflect on all of the things for which we are thankful. Good health, warm houses and loved ones are just a few of the things that we can be thankful for throughout the year.  All of us at Canine HealthCheck are very thankful and grateful for our customers, large and small.  It's individuals like you who care deeply about canine health that make the Canine HealthCheck possible.  

The Real Costs of Canine Genetic Testing

I recently overheard two people discussing the cost of raising a dog and genetic testing came up. One comment was: “Do you want to pay now for a healthy puppy or pay a vet later?”. She was referring to the cost of the testing versus the cost of paying for the long-term healthcare of a dog with an inherited disease.

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.