Here at Trupanion, we always like to be prepared for the unexpected. When it comes to dog health-related issues, it’s hard to know what to expect — especially if you have one of those “guess that breed” mixes. Now there is a way to get a little more insight into what could happen with your pup. Just like you can test for your dog’s breed makeup, one company is now offering a way to test your dog’s genetic health with a simple swab of the cheek.
Your Dog’s Health: It’s All in The Genes
Your dog’s genetic code reveals a lot more than his or her breed. Your pet’s DNA, when combined with environmental factors, helps determine coat type, body shape, personality, health risks, and much more. Some of this information can be incredibly helpful when it comes to your dog’s health and happiness.
Certain inherited diseases are written into the genetic code and understanding your pet’s risks can help you and your veterinarian prepare for and reduce the risk of illness as your pet goes through life. Companies like Canine HealthCheck offer dog genetic testing services to see which traits your pet has inherited, and whether they are a carrier or at risk for a certain disease in the future.
Would you get your dog tested? If you already have, share your experience in the comments below. We’d love to hear how it went!