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Embark helps you care for your dog in a way that leads to a higher quality of life, for longer.
Healthspan is the time of an individual's life where they are healthy and active. Unfortunately, healthspan can deteriorate long before lifespan does. For your dog, this can mean having to quit the things they love to do. At Embark we are striving to make healthspan equal lifespan — to ensure your dog remains able to go for long walks, play fetch, and roll in their favorite puddle!
Extend your dog's healthspan by testing for genetic diseases that occur later in life including glaucoma, degenerative myelopathy, and dilated cardiomyopathy, three of the most common adult onset diseases in dogs. By knowing what to look for, you and your vet can begin treatment as early as possible.
Your dog’s breed is just the beginning. Embark strives to give you the most complete genetic picture of your dog using cutting-edge science.
“One doggy year = seven human years” is a not-very-useful fiction. You may know that bigger breeds age more quickly than smaller breeds, and that younger dogs age more quickly than older dogs, but it’s actually much more complicated than that.
Embark’s unique genetic age algorithm gives you and your vet a precise ‘genetic age’ for your dog. This allows you and your vet to provide your pooch with the right age-appropriate food, health screenings, and care from birth through your dog’s senior years.
In dogs, there are 17 critical genes that determine almost all of the variation in size. By directly examining these genes, we can give you the best possible prediction of how big your puppy will grow up to be, or whether your dog is one of the 50% of dogs in America that is overweight.
Older dogs are more prone to osteoarthritis and other metabolic complications, some of which can be improved by keeping your dog at their optimal weight. Embark takes the guessing out of what your dog should weigh, helping you to keep them running at the front of the pack.
Our panel of tests screens for genetic diseases found in 113 AKC-recognized dog breeds, including virtually all diseases for which genetic screening is recommended. Embark is the only test that provides you with both breed composition and disease status, because your pup’s health and your peace of mind mean the world to us.See all 160+ diseases we test for >
Flip through these slides to learn about some of the genetic health conditions that all dog owners should be aware of.
Dogs with mutations in the MDR1 gene can exhibit sensitivity to certain classes of drugs, notably the parasiticide ivermectin, as well as certain gastroprotectant and anti-cancer medications. Symptoms can range from vomiting and diarrhea to lethargy, seizures, or coma. MDR1 mutations are particularly common in herding breeds including Australian Shepherds, Collies, and Border Collies, though many other dog breeds are affected.
Early screening is recommended for all dogs so you and your veterinarian can make informed treatment plans.
DCM is the most common cardiac disease in dogs. Unfortunately, DCM is a silent killer, and most dogs are only diagnosed in the end stages of the disease. Early diagnosis and treatment has been shown to extend dogs’ lives. Embark’s DCM screening provides you and your veterinarian with information that could significantly prolong your dog’s life.
Glaucoma causes the buildup of pressure within the eye. If left untreated glaucoma will lead to blindness and in severe cases may require surgical removal of the affected eye. Studies in dogs with glaucoma in one eye indicate that if treated prophylactically, the health of the unaffected eye is extended by up to a year. Embark tests your dog for four genetic mutations that are known to cause primary open angle glaucoma, which opens the door to prophylactic treatment of both eyes. Such treatment could prolong your dog’s healthy vision for years.
Embark tests for 10 different types of inherited coagulopathies, or disorders of blood clotting. These include Hemophilia A and B and Von Willebrand disease, three of the most common inherited coagulopathies in dogs. Affected dogs are at great risk for uncontrollable bleeding during surgical procedures: your veterinarian should be informed so that appropriate blood products are at hand in case a transfusion is required. They may also require special measures during routine veterinary procedures and close monitoring during their daily lives. If informed of your dog’s condition early, you and your veterinarian can begin taking precautionary measures now. Moreover, while still uncommonly used in the clinic, researchers have successfully developed protein replacement therapy and gene therapy for a number of coagulopathies.
Discovery is in our DNA. With your help Embark is moving towards a future of personalized health care for your dog, by understanding the genetic landscape of our pets and uncovering new information everyday. Take a look at what’s ahead.Let’s go! >
At Embark, our goal is to help your best friend live a long and healthy life. Using a unique set of genetic markers, we can predict your dog’s size and optimal body weight. By breaking down your dog’s breed composition, we can also tell you what kind of exercise your dog will likely need: for example, a Border Collie has different exercise needs than a Neapolitan Mastiff.
Grooming needs and behavioral tendencies also vary from breed to breed, and knowing what kind of dog you have helps you better care for your dog and unlock hidden talents. Our nutrition experts are hard at work to finalize nutrition recommendations based on your dog’s unique genetics.
We’ve come a long way in understanding the genetics of health and disease, and we have much farther to go. Embark collaborates with canine genetics researchers around the world, and we want to collaborate with you too.