What Blood Tests Does Your Dog Need? - Dogs Naturally Magazine

A Canine DNA Test is the only way to know for sure what breeds are in your mixed-breed dog
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We have two office dogs here at PolicyGenius: Ruby (who you might recognize from ) and Nara. We got both of them tested by Wisdom Panel to see what they’re made of.
In making decisions about your dog’s blood tests, what you want to get out of them is important, so there are a few questions to ask yourself.
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Have you used titers? Does this info help? Maybe you’ve even seen this: your animal’s titers kept on increasing for years after you stopped vaccinating! That’s what happened to my colleague’s dog on testing rabies titers. Let us know in the comments. Honestly, if these tests can’t even accurately identify a purebred dog, I wouldn’t trust it as far as I can spit to tell me what is in my mutt.
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Photo provided by FlickrHave you had your dog’s DNA tested, or yours? What was your experience, and were there any surprises? Let us know in the comments!
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While co-ops and rentals may use the tests if specific breeds are banned, in large part, the sales of DNA tests have been fueled owner curiosity and by animal shelters, which to help place pets into homes. When adopting a pet, prospective owners want to know how big the dogs will get, whether they're good with kids and if the dogs might be suitable for, say, apartment living. Knowing the breed makeup can shed light on that. Wisdom Panel even makes a shelter test called DogTrax, which gives fast-tracked results since shelter dogs so often have a short amount of time to find a home. Knowing a dog's breed is also helpful in knowing what health issues for which the dog may be at risk.A. The #1 reason dog owners purchase our dog breed DNA test is to satisfy their own curiosity—To finally be able to answer the question when asked, “What kind of dog is that?” In addition, there are benefits to knowing your dog’s breed makeup, including a better insight into your dog’s behavior, nutritional and health needs.If you suspect your dog has a specific health issue and you confirm it via lab tests, what are you going to do differently? If you’re not prepared to make any changes based on the results, then there is no reason to test.In animal intelligence research, even defining the subject of study can be difficult. Many basic questions remain unanswered, and people argue endlessly over what the results of tests mean. So remember, if your dog scores low, you can still say he's the smartest dog in the world.Most people get dog DNA tests so they can find out what kind of behavioral traits to expect — golden retrievers tend to be loyal and good with kids, for example, while dalmatians are super active and generally make good guard dogs.
A DNA test can shed some light on your mutt's heritage. And while it may seem like fun to know what kinds of dog your fur friend is descended from, there's than just identifying a dog's lineage. “Knowing your dog’s breed makeup can help you tailor his training and help you be on the lookout for ,” says . “We've had all six of our mixed-breed dogs at Almost Heaven Ranch tested for that reason.”