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Dog Care

How Veterinarians Estimate Dog Age


We understand why it’s important for you to know how old your dog is. You want to be prepared and give them the appropriate care for their life stage, anticipate any age-related health conditions, and give them the best life possible. Knowing your dog’s age can inform many of the choices you make about their...

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Dog DNA Testing

What Makes Embark the Best Dog DNA Test?


While there are many companies out there claiming to have the best dog DNA test, only Embark offers the most scientifically advanced one. Our team is made up of scientists, veterinary geneticists, and other experts in the field who are all committed to helping dogs live their healthiest lives. Keep reading to find out why...

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Dog Genetic Health

Progressive Retinal Atrophy in Dogs Explained


Embark’s mission is to end preventable disease in dogs. As part of this work, we are committed to providing expert guidance to breeders about genetic health conditions and how the risk of developing them can differ between variants and among breeds. One such group of conditions is progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Embark currently tests for...

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Inbreeding, Genetic COI, and Why They Matter to Your Breeding Program
For Breeders

Measuring Inbreeding and How Genetic COI Can Help Your Breeding Program


Learn about genetic COI (coefficient of inbreeding) and how it can be used to inform breeding decisions with Aaron Sams, PhD. Many factors are considered when choosing which dogs to use in breeding programs including conformation, temperament, genetic disease mutations, and much more. Assessing the impact of inbreeding is another factor to consider. In this...

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For Veterinary Professionals

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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A Gift Guide for Your Dog’s Birthday


Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links, meaning that Embark may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. Is your dog’s birthday right around the corner? Don’t forget to give them the celebration they deserve. At Embark we know that your furry family members’ birthdays are worth celebrating. We are here to guide you...

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Embark Discovers Variant Associated with Hearing Loss in Rhodesian Ridgebacks


Hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities in humans and dogs. Just like humans, Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs can experience progressive hearing loss early in life. This condition is known as early-onset adult deafness (EOAD).  With this form of deafness, dogs lose their hearing by the time they are 1–2 years old. Some purebred...

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