Genetic Testing

Many dog owners adopt their pet from a shelter or rescue. In these cases, the pet’s breed may or may not be known, and our veterinarians must rely on physical features to make an educated guess about the pet’s breed .  We offer the ROYAL CANIN® Genetic Health Analysis™ for dogs.  This is a blood test that scans your dog’s DNA, both for ancestry information and specific genetic markers. Our veterinarians can use this information when treating your pet.

A ROYAL CANIN® Genetic Health Analysis™ will:

  • Determine the breeds that make up your dog, comparing your dog’s DNA to the unique genetic signatures of more than 250 breeds, types and varieties of dogs.
  • Help create a proactive plan for your dog’s health care with more than 130 genetic mutation tests including MDR1 for drug sensitivity.
  • Predict your dog’s likely adult weight and size, providing a benchmark you can use to ensure your dog stays at a healthy weight.
  • Offer precise nutritional guidelines and feeding recommendations based on your dog’s breed make-up.

Getting tested is easy – all it takes is a simple blood draw.  This can be done when your pet is in for his or her annual visit, or at another time that is convenient.  We draw the blood, send it to Royal Canin’s lab for processing and analysis.  After 2-3 weeks, you will received a detailed report by email.  Our veterinarian also receives a report, and will be happy to discuss the results or any questions you have.

Following is a link to more detailed information about the individual disease and mutation tests run on each dog as well as a list of all the breeds tested for in the Royal Canin® Genetic Health Analysis™ test.


Please contact us if you would like to set up an appointment for this test.

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