TOP 060: How Dog DNA Is Helping Veterinary Research ft. Dr. Angela Hughes

DNA tests for canines are very similar to those for humans. Whether you’ve used one yourself or you’ve seen one performed on your favorite television show, you’re probably familiar with these simple cheek swab tests. DNA testing can tell you if you’re related to someone else and how strong that relation is. They can also give you very beneficial information about your health.

Did you know that you can get the same type of information about your dog? Dog DNA tests can tell you a lot more than just the breeds that your Fido is made up of. Of course, the information that you receive will depend on the brand of doggy DNA test that you purchase. Every company runs a different set of tests, which means that you’ll get different results depending on the brand that you purchase.

Wisdom Panel is one of the leading canine DNA test companies. I was able to speak with their veterinary spokesperson, Angela Houghes DVM, Ph.D., about their test and how the information they are gathering is helping in the veterinary field. Dr. Hughes also explains what information pet owners can receive from these tests and how it can help them take better care of their canine companions.

Links and references