We all love our double coated dogs, but sometimes they may not have come with registered papers or a full family history. In fact, you may know very little about their background if they are a rescue dog, left to you in a will, or perhaps have been crossed with another breed.
These days, just like with their human counterpart, dogs can now be tested easily, providing essential information from the dogs background – any genetic problems, medical conditions and related behaviours that we should know about. A DNA test can also confirm any doubts or concerns one way or another and put into place a plan to help reduce the risk of certain issues arising should there be any. DNA kits can also provide detailed information regarding the exact age of your dog in canine and human years and let us know the dogs exact breed percentage. A DNA test also lets you know how large your dog will grow to (if it’s just a young pup) so you can purchase the appropriately sized kennel, collar, or harness.
If you decide on purchasing an advanced kit, it’s possible to check for genetic mutations and detection of anomalies such as ‘progressive retinal atrophy’. With these comprehensive reports at hand, you should be able to customize a treatment or training plan specific to your dog and its needs. This includes such things as a well-balanced meal program to combat weight issues or other medical problems; Preventative changes to current lifestyle conditions; And knowing what medications will work the best (and the ones that are least effective) for your doggy.
What to expect from the Best Dog DNA Test Kits.
The obvious starter is Accuracy. This means how close the ‘given’ value is to the ‘real’ value. The lab conducting the test will compare the clinical analysis of the identified test kit against a set of controls.
To ensure the best possible result, make certain you follow the instructions to the letter. If the procedure isn’t followed correctly, the quality of the result could be compromised. Make sure you wear protective, hygienic gloves, and avoid anything that could cause contamination of your dog’s test sample.
When swabbing your dog’s mouth for DNA testing, the first thing you should do is to inspect your dog’s oral cavity. This means checking for food particles, dirt, and other debris caught between the cheeks and the gums. Make sure your dog has rinsed its mouth by drinking water. Wait at least two hours after the dog has eaten before taking a swab.
Upon opening the DNA test kit carefully, make sure you read all instructions provided before touching any of the included test swabs bristles. Times will vary for the different kits, but you should roll the swabs bristles firmly against your dog’s inner cheek surface as per the kits instructions. Once this is done, let the DNA sample dry out naturally (no hairdryers or heaters) – about five minutes. Once done, carefully put into the storage sleeve provided.
Next, activate the DNA test on the company’s website that you purchased the kit from. Upon activation, you will receive an activation confirmation number which you must write on the sample label. Put the sample in the box and seal securely. You are ready to send off to the laboratory or vet company specified and then wait for the results.
The following products are my top two picks and also have the best accuracy and feedback, but ultimately the decision is up to you, so look at other product reviews and/or the procedure and feedback of the lab being used to determine if the results are as accurate as they promote.