A lot of pet owners don’t see DNA testing as a need yet. The question is whether the data they will get from the result is significant or the testing is worth the money and time.
Since the time of its inception, DNA testing has evolved dramatically. For dogs, it all started by Mars and they called it Wisdom Panel. Back then, they used blood samples to check the dog’s DNA but now, all they need is a sample of your dog’s saliva or cheek swab.
We just have to mail the saliva to the laboratory analyst and from there, they will examine the DNA your dog is composed of. There are around 350 different breeds and the analyst will determine what kind of mix of genes your dog has.
Maybe you would ask, so what if we will know their mix of breed? Well, below are some of the benefits of DNA test.
Knowing the genes that were passed to your dog can help prevent future health problems.
Some breeds inherited some health issues that stems from their unique genes. Auto-immune diseases, such as hip dysplasia and epilepsy, are commonly observed for some type of breeds.
This is where subjecting your dog to DNA test becomes a very smart move. You can prevent some illness that your dog may have, and you may end up saving more money instead.
DNA testing allows you to know what kind of diet and activity will best suit your dog.
Proper diet and exercise are very important aspect of your dog’s life that we should not neglect. Knowing what kind of food is okay to eat or not, by understanding his DNA, definitely sounds beneficial to your dog. Being over or under weight could cause your dog to be at risk of many health issues.
Don’t you know that there’s a difference between the nutritional requirements of larger dogs from smaller ones? Knowing the best diet for your dog can also help in creating a meal plan that will supply all the nutrients he needs. DNA testing analyzes your dog’s genetic information which can be useful in identifying the nutritional requirement he will need.
Knowing what kind of mix breed they are is also pretty handy in knowing what activities suitable for them. Bulldogs and Pugs are historically not suitable for very strenuous exercises. You may also need to give them more breaks than other breeds. Work dogs like terriers are totally different story. To become physically and mentally healthy, they need strenuous exercises. Even some DNA results prevented what they called exercise-induced collapse for dogs.
Information about their heritage could save you for some unwanted behaviors from your dog.
I think the best way to put it is that the more information you have from your dog, the more you will understand where they are coming from. Wanderlust, stubbornness, and over barking are some of the behavioral problems that may surface but it also varies depending on the breed. Knowing that it may happen keeps you from being lazy to train or give your dog some fun activities that will prevent him doing these unwanted behaviors.