DeVries Animal Hospital

528 S Spring Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

(630)833-7387

www.devriesanimalhospital.com

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GENETIC TESTING FOR DOGS

 

23andMe for my dog?   DNA testing is becoming very popular in human medicine, offering a glimpse into the genetic variants we might be carriers of as well as our heritage, but can we discover the same information for our pets?   Experts urge caution to pet owners when using DNA testing for pets.  While some genetic variations have been studied at length, like the link between Collie breeds and ivermectin intolerance, there is not enough data for other conditions to be able to make sound conclusions when a genetic variant is detected in your pet’s genome.   So while a DNA test might offer helpful information about your pet’s breed makeup, be cautious about interpreting data about other medical conditions your pet might be a carrier of.   For more information read the excerpt from Science Magazine