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.
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.