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Pet Doctor: Is there a place for DNA testing in dogs?


Sun Herald

Pets become part of our families and about once a month, a client will ask a question that isn’t really clinical, but just interesting. Pertaining to mixed-breed dogs in particular, is sending in hair, saliva or blood samples useful in determining the breed mix in a certain dog? Up until now, I’ve been ambivalent on the subject and have given such responses as “does it really matter?” or “if you want to spend money on it, go ahead — but it makes no difference to me.” But a new company is rolling out a testing service on both mixed and pure-bred dogs with a different perspective… and it may be something you want for your pet.

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