We offer genetic testing for isolated canine and feline diseases through VetGen.
Genetic testing can be done before breeding animals to make sure they are not carrying the genes for known diseases. In some cases, genetic testing can be done to help diagnose certain diseases. A more common example is Degenerative Myelopathy in German Shepherd. Degenerative Myelopathy is a progressive neurologic disease of the spinal cord that causes middle age to older dogs to have weak and abnormal gaits and eventually progresses to paralysis. There is no accepted treatment for the disease. It is a recessive trait that has to be inherited from both parents. MDR1 is another gene mutation found in Collies, Shepherds, Sheepdogs and mixes of those breeds that causes sensitivity to certain drugs and can be tested for with a cheek swab.
We do not do breed and genetic testing to prove parentage, breed purity, or just for fun.