Discover Breeds & Customize Health Plans With A Genetic Health Analysis

Any pet parent with a mixed breed fur baby can tell you they’re usually curious to know exactly which breeds created their sweet pup. Scientific tests can scan a dog’s DNA to determine these breeds as precisely as possible.

Now you can reveal the secrets of your dog’s DNA…

For those of us who may believe our dogs are not descended from multiple breeds (or maybe we are slightly curious to learn if they could be) a ROYAL CANIN® Genetic Health Analysis™ is still extremely beneficial no matter what information is discovered about breeds.

The previous statement is a fact because this analysis goes way beyond determining a dog’s heritage. 

Specific genetic markers will also be looked into, and by testing for genetic mutations – including MDR1 that causes sensitivity to certain drugs – your veterinarian can use this information as a tool to form a custom health and wellness plan based on your dog’s genetic code.

This is a list of breeds MDR1 has been most known to affect, as well as a list of the drug sensitivities involved.

A ROYAL CANIN® Genetic Health Analysis™ is extremely comprehensive…

Your dog’s DNA will be compared to the unique genetic signatures of more than 250 canine breeds, types, and varieties. In addition to this comparison, a proactive plan can be created because of the more than 130 genetic mutation tests that will be conducted. Click here to view a full list of tests and breeds.

Included in the analysis (see our patients’ stories below) are ways to predict your dog’s adult weight and size. This helps you get a healthy plan started for their diet and lifestyle.

The process is simple…

If you are interested in having one of these genetic analyses completed on your dog, please feel free to give our clinic a call at 270-781-5041, and one of our customer service representatives will be happy to set up an appointment with a veterinary technician. You can also click here to request an appointment online.

At that appointment, a small, painless blood sample will be drawn from your dog. That sample will be sent to the lab where it is processed and analyzed.

Within approximately two to three weeks, reports will be sent to your veterinarian. Your report will include a ton of important information about your pet’s results, while your veterinarian will receive vital health information if any test results need current or future attention. A wellness plan can then be created specifically for your pet.

To read more information on this analysis, as well as many frequently asked questions, please click here.

To better explain the importance of having this type of genetic testing completed on your pet, let’s look at the special genetic stories of two of our patients.

First, meet Mavis…

Such a sweet girl!
Mavis’ breed breakdown shows that one side of her family tree only contains German Shepherds. On the other side, she’s still mostly German Shepherd with a “Mixed Breed” also detected.
When this “Mixed Breed” symbol appears, it means multiple breeds can be detected beyond three generations, so multiple possibilities are then explained for the pet, as seen above.
Next, each of the main breeds that were detected are broken down by size and appearance, which for Mavis was only German Shepherd.
The analysis then gives your pet’s results of the MDR1 genetic screening (previously discussed earlier in this article). Thankfully, Mavis’ results were normal. If any abnormalities had been discovered throughout the other testing, those would be listed here next, but thankfully once again, Mavis’ results were all normal.
Nutritional considerations are then given based on Mavis’ expected size and aging process.
Last, Mavis receives an official certificate showing which breeds she is genetically composed of based on this analysis.

Now meet Jedediah…

Look at that face!
Jedediah is genetically composed of several breeds.
Next, each of the main breeds that were detected are described by size and appearance. Listed first is the Australian Shepherd.
Next is the Miniature American Shepherd.
That description is followed by the Chow Chow.
And listed last is the Miniature Schnauzer.
Jedediah’s MDR1 results came back normal.
Some of the most common tests are listed next for Jedediah with the only positive test highlighted to be easily seen and read. For Jedediah, one copy of Degenerative Myelopathy was detected, therefore, a description of Degenerative Myelopathy was given next.
And that description is followed up with the next steps that should be taken for Jedediah’s health.
For Degenerative Myelopathy, a pet must be carrying at least two copies for clinical signs to develop, and even then, they still sometimes never develop signs. Jedediah is only carrying one copy, so therefore he “should not suffer from it and no further action is typically necessary.”
Nutrition is discussed next based on these projected size and aging estimations.
And of course, Jedediah receives his official certificate.

Remember, if you are interested in having this analysis ran on your pet’s DNA, please give us a call at 270-781-5041 to set that up or click here to request an appointment.