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What does DNA say about your dog's health?
Find out about what genetics say about your dog's health
Know more about your dog. Learn how DNA can affect your dog's health with over 14 cancer reports based on your dog's genetics.
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Cancer is a common problem in dogs. Statistics have shown that 50% of dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer at some point making this the leading cause of death in older dogs. All dog breeds including mixed breeds are susceptible to cancer however it is notable that some breeds appear to be at increased risk for certain types of cancer, suggesting the level of underlying genetic predisposition to certain cancers will vary by breed. Certain breeds like the Rottweiler, Bernese Mountain Dog, Poodle, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Labrador Retriever, Beagle, Boxer and the Golder Retriever have a incidence rate of up to 70%.
In 2005 the genome sequence of the dog was released and just like the human genome sequence, this vast information provided the underlying cause for many traits, cancers and diseases in canines. Up to now there has been approximately 6000 publications on the genome of the dog.
Now for the first time, by using these newly developed resources, genome wide association studies in dogs can provide a powerful tool for unravelling carcinogenic tendencies.
Find out how your genetics relate to the most common cancers found in canines.
Keep in mind that many conditions are influenced by multiple factors. Our reports are intended for informational purposes only and do not diagnose disease.
Because genetic information is hereditary, knowing something about your dog's genetics also tells you something about those closely related to you. Your family may or may not want to know this information as well, and relationships with others can be affected by learning about your dog's DNA.
The cancers that we test for and are of greatest concern in the dog include:
We are a personalized DNA service providing information and tools for individuals to learn about and explore their DNA. We use the Illumina Next Generation Sequencing Platform consisting of a fully custom panel of probes for detecting genetic variations selected by our researchers.
All of the laboratory testing is performed in our approved facility.
Cancer is an important disease in dogs and represents one of the major causes of canine death, pain, and suffering, affecting all breeds. As is the case in the human population, many different types of naturally occurring cancers may affect dogs and canine malignancies have been established as comparative models for the human disease. Dogs live in our environment, eat similar food, and are exposed to similar risk factors.
It is well established that differences exist between breeds of dogs and their risk of developing certain types of cancer. The fact that studies show similar overall breed related predisposition to the development of cancer has important implications and understanding the etiology of cancer as it infers a genetic inheritable component, that like humans is greatly influenced by environmental factors.
The etiology of cancer is multifactorial with genetic, environmental, medical, and other factors interacting to produce a given malignancy.
Damage to DNA can lead to changes in the encoded genetic information, and these changes are called mutations. Genetic testing technology gives us the option of finding out which mutations increase the risk probability of cancer. There are different types of mutations that can change the DNA sequence of a gene. Mutations can vary in severity, some have no known effects, others can have a devastating health impact.
Identifying dogs at increased risk of developing various types of cancers is an important step. It provides a critical early warning signal, and once identified allows these individuals to receive the appropriate nutritional, environmental, lifestyle, and medical attention that will be needed to mitigate what was in the pre-DNA error, an inevitable fate.
While there are hundreds of diseases and conditions that can now be genetically anticipated we will focus on several cancers that have broad implications for virtually every breed and crossbreed.
Predisposition does not mean inevitability. There is a certain element of predisposition to virtually every living creature, and awareness of the specific predisposition, in a few serious diseases, not only alerts us to these specific ones which we will be testing for genetic predisposition, but often, and just as important, serves as a wake-up call to be vigilant about many other potential conditions.
For the first time, a genetic predisposition test is offered for dogs. Like the human predisposition test for our 23 chromosomes, this test targets the 39 chromosomes found in dogs to provide the underlying blueprint behind cancers in your pet. If our predisposition testing mitigates pain and suffering of one animal it has served its purpose.Order Now