New Home DNA Tests for Dogs Can Reveal Inherited Diseases

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DNA tests for dogs are extremely popular, especially for people who adopt from shelters. Solving the “mystery of the mutt” is as easy as taking a swab of your furball’s slobbery mouth, so it’s no wonder that many pet parents decided it’s time to find out what’s hiding in their pooch’s family tree.

Purebred dogs, on the other hand, don’t need DNA test to reveal their ancestry. What they do need it for is to test for any hereditary diseases and harmful genetic traits that could be prevented with early detection. And that’s precisely what Orivet’s new health screening kits claim to do.

Many dog breeds are known for the tendency to develop specific conditions and their susceptibility to illnesses. Fortunately, finding out if your pooch was pooched on the genetic lottery can give you the ability you to be proactive and get early treatment that can often save the day. For example, knowing that your Poodle has an 80 percent chance to develop arthritis will make you more vigilant in prevention, allowing you to start early with the right supplements and catch the warning signs on time.

The latest genetic DNA tests from the company will be breed-specific and support the identification of over 50 new genetic conditions. Some conditions this screen test will include are:

  • POMC
  • Glaucoma
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Epilepsy
  • Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Skull Diversity
  • Altitude Adaptation
  • May-Hegglin Anomaly
  • Hereditary Nephropathy

By offering detailed information on the genetic makeup of each individual pet, DNA tests such as these are paving the way for personalized veterinary medicine. If veterinarians can screen your dog for inherited diseases or potentially harmful genetic traits, it will be much easier for them to create an effective preventive treatment and improve your pet’s quality of life.

But peace of mind will cost you – Orivet’s kits only screen for one disease or trait at a time, and each kit costs about $67 each. However, if you think that your dog is susceptible to a particular illness, the Orivet kit can give you a leg up before it progresses.