Features January 2019 Issue

Genetic Health Screening for Dogs

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Genetic Health Screening for Dogs

A booming new industry provides direct-to-consumer genetic tests that purport to detect the potential for your dog’s inherited health disorders. But are they reliable?

While most owners are familiar with genetic tests to determine the ancestry of mixed-breed dogs, many are not aware that a number of companies have expanded into testing for genetic health disorders. The companies typically advertise these tests as having the potential to both save money and heartache by giving owners an opportunity to prevent or detect diseases in their earliest stages, in order to add health-filled years to our beloved canine companions’ lives. But is this rosy promise even possible?

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