Kari Cueva, DVM

Kari Cueva, DVM

Dr. Kari Cueva, DVM, is the Senior Manager of Veterinary Genetics at Embark. She started with Embark in 2019 and her primary role is to expand our health testing capabilities. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of California, Davis College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research background includes four years in canine genetics with Dr. Mark Neff, and genetics fellowships at Cornell University and the National Institutes of Health. She continues to practice emergency medicine at a local animal hospital. Dr. Cueva enjoys spending time with her two kids, hiking with her German Shorthaired Pointer, and fixing up her house.

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Preventive Care

How the Bacteria in Your Dog’s Mouth Affect Their Oral Health


There are hundreds of bacteria in a dog’s mouth. The mouth offers an ideal environment for bacteria, providing a stable temperature, moisture, and nutrients. It is home to many microbial communities, which coat a dog’s teeth, tongue, gums, and palate (the roof of the mouth). These bacteria can have either a helpful or harmful effect...

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Dog Nutrition

Dog Gut Health Explained


Many different factors affect dog gut health, including diet, nutrition, genetics, and infectious diseases. All of these factors play a role in regulating the bacteria that live inside your dog’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which in turn affect their digestive health. Knowing how to maintain your dog’s gut health and what signs to watch for can...

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Dog Nutrition

Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Other Gut Health Supplements for Dogs


With so many gut health supplements for dogs available today, it can be hard to know which one to choose. Here, we’ll explain the different types of digestive supplements, including probiotics for dogs, and when to use them to support your dog’s gut health. What are gut health supplements for dogs? Gut health supplements for...

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Genetic Health Resources

How Veterinarians Can Interpret and Communicate Genetic Health Results


Clinical genetics is a rapidly evolving field. Genetic screening has already shown valuable clinical utility, complementing existing best practices and strengthening the doctor–client–patient bond. The way veterinarians interpret and communicate these results, however, can involve additional considerations for both the clinician and the client.  As we learn more about how genetic variants relate to health...

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