Knowledge is Power: How Genetic Testing Can Extend Your Dog’s Life

//Knowledge is Power: How Genetic Testing Can Extend Your Dog’s Life

Knowledge is Power: How Genetic Testing Can Extend Your Dog’s Life

A note from Splotches:

Splotches thinks genetic testing is a great idea for dogs.

“Hi! Splotches here, again.

Hope you had a great summer and are getting ready to go back to school or college. I had a great summer… So many of you came to the clinic to see me and get your pets their wellness exams. It really made my summer to see everyone.

 I wanted to talk to you today about something that is both fun and serves a serious purpose. It’s only for you dog owners, because it’s not currently available for cats (probably because we already know that we all come from royalty, so we don’t need to know anything else about that…).

 Embark is a simple dog version of Ancestry DNA profiling, but it has a serious side, because it can also let you know if your pet has any of the 142 genetic markers that mean the team at Mountain Island needs to make sure we can help her live well into old age. Speaking of age, Embark is also able to give you a precise genetic age for your pet, so no more guessing (no, it isn’t always that one human year is the same as seven dog years).

 Ask Dr. Kim and the team at the clinic about Embark. They’ll be happy to talk to you about it and help you find out exactly where your pooch hails from (even purebreds can learn something from this).

 Talk to you next month!”


What is Embark genetic testing?                                                                        

Using more than 200,000 genetic markers to determine your dog’s family tree, Embark’s dog DNA test is the most accurate and comprehensive available. It also runs more than 175 genetic health and trait tests, which can let you know about any potential health problems that might affect your dog before they strike.


How Embark genetic testing works

A simple swab of the inside of your dog’s cheek will reveal so much useful information. In no time, you’ll receive an interactive guide that includes your dog’s:

  • Breed percentages (e.g., 50% basset hound, 22.9% miniature schnauzer, etc.)
  • Family tree (e.g., Parents = basset hound and miniature schnauzer mix; grandparents = etc.)
  • Genetically predicted age (One dog year doesn’t always equal seven human years.)
  • Genetically predicted size (How big will your puppy get? Is your dog overweight?)
  • Physical traits (Learn why your dog is unique, including coat color and traits, body features, performance, and more.)
  • Results of tests for more than 160 genetic tests that occur later in life, including glaucoma, degenerative myelopathy, and dilated cardiomyopathy (Knowing as early as possible means you can treat the disease earlier and give your dog a better chance at a longer, healthier life.)


Ready to find out everything you can about your favorite canine? Call us at 704-971-2075 to schedule an appointment or ask Dr. Kim for more information.

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