Deoxyribonucleic acid otherwise know as DNA is defined as:
It is located in the nuclei of cells, which make up the body. Consequently, DNA can be considered as one of the building blocks of the body. - News-Medical.Net
You mostly hear about DNA in regards to humans but some furparents are interested in DNA of their furbabies. I have been curious about Titan’s DNA ever since I rescued him. Why? Mainly for health and nutritional reasons. As you know, some breeds have specific health issues. (i.e. proned to hip dysplasia, blindness, arthritis, arrhythmia, congenital heart defects, etc.).
Titan’s papers state his is American Bulldog/Mastiff. Again, I believe the Mastiff is American Staffordshire Terrier however can’t prove it. Would a DNA test prove that as well?
I haven’t asked my vet about it yet, I actually keep forgetting, however, Titan does have his annual exam at the end of this month and I think I’ll ask her.
I’ve also found online, Canine DNA Test Kits from Wisdom Panel. Has anyone tried these?
Apparently, you buy the kit and ship it to your home. It comes with:
- a Collection form to complete;
- swab sleeves for returning your specimens;
- swabs that you use to swab your dogs check, inside his mouth;
- mail the specimens back immediately in the prepaid envelope
Sounds simple enough, right? A sample report can be found HERE.
I’m going to wait until after Titan’s annual before I either order this kit or get the vet to do it but I’d love to hear from you!
Have you done a DNA test on your dog and if so, what did you find out?