Who Should Test with the Canine HealthCheck

The Canine HealthCheck® was developed as a genetic screen, appropriate for all dogs, regardless of age, sex or breed. Any dog, whether they are a mixed breed, or a purebred dog, may benefit from this genetic screen. Intended as a guide to your dog's genetic health, some breeders are using the Canine HealthCheck as an initial screen prior to doing more rigorous genetic testing through Paw Print Genetics. Therefore, it is important to understand the differences between the genetic testing you would receive through Paw Print Genetics and the genetic screen that you will receive with the Canine HealthCheck. Tests ordered through Paw Print Genetics will be investigated twice, using two independent methods. Results are reviewed by and signed out by both a PhD Geneticist and a Veterinarian. In most cases, reports can be submitted to breed registries and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). Please check with your breed registry or check with the OFA prior to ordering tests through Paw Print Genetics to confirm that they accept results from our laboratory before ordering from us. Although the Canine HealthCheck is also performed in the Paw Print Genetics laboratory, each disease region is investigated only once, using one method. Results are reviewed by one laboratory director and are presented to you in an electronic format. Because the reports are not signed, these may not be suitable for submission to certain breed registries. It is the responsibility of the customer to understand the testing services prior to ordering. Customers with questions should contact the laboratory at AskUs@pawprintgenetics.com or info@caninehealthcheck.com. Customers should also review the tests included on the Canine HealthCheck, as not all breed-specific tests offered by Paw Print Genetics are included in the kit.

Diagnostic Testing

The Canine HealthCheck is a screen of more than 150 genes that determines diseases and traits in dogs. This is not a diagnostic test. Any abnormal result (carrier or at-risk), or any result that concerns you, should be followed-up using a diagnostic or confirmatory test. In addition, not every mutation known in dogs is included on the Canine HealthCheck. If your dog is symptomatic, consult with your veterinarian on appropriate DNA testing. Normal results do not exclude inherited mutations not tested in these or other genes that may cause medical problems or may be passed on to offspring. Diagnostic testing is available from Paw Print Genetics for Canine HealthCheck customers. In most cases, DNA will already be available to perform the follow-up tests at Paw Print Genetics. In addition, this genetic screen should not be used for determining suitability for breeding because breed-specific tests, that may not be included on the Canine HealthCheck, might be more appropriate. Breed registries may not accept results from the Canine HealthCheck. Check with your breed registry for submission requirements prior to ordering the Canine HealthCheck.

Failed Assays

The Canine HealthCheck was developed at, and its performance determined by Paw Print Genetics. Unique variations in the genetic code of some individuals may exist and cause certain regions of the genome to not perform properly in this assay. In addition, suboptimal sampling of the dog's cheek cells could also result in poor sample performance due to inadequate cell counts, bacterial and fungal growth, or the presence of other assay inhibitors. An acceptable level of failed assays at any particular genomic location has been determined by Paw Print Genetics. Dogs with results in at least 150 genes are determined to be acceptable and reportable. Customers with an unacceptable level of failed assays will be contacted for a new sample.

Traits and Coat Color Results

Determinants of coat colors and traits are complex. Many of these variants are known and many of the genes screened in this assay interact. In addition, not all of the genetic factors that contribute to a dog's coat color and traits are known. Because of the complexities in gene-gene interactions, the coat colors and traits shown in the Canine HealthCheck results for your dog may vary from your dog's actual appearance. Individual differences in genes throughout the canine genome, not tested in this assay, may also affect the final coat color or traits seen in your dog.

Refund Policy

Each kit has a unique ID necessary to activate the kit. Once purchased, that kit ID can only be used for that kit that has been purchased.Given the uniqueness of each kit, all sales are final. Any returned kits will not be eligible for a refund.