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Progressive Retinal Atrophy in Dogs Explained

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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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Is Your Dog at Risk for DM? What the Latest Genetic Research Can Tell You

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What is Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)? A disease of mature dogs, Degenerative Myelopathy(DM) is a progressive, degenerative disorder of the spinal cord that causes muscle wasting and gait abnormalities. Affected dogs do not usually show signs until they are at least 8 years old when the nerves that supply the hind limbs begin degenerating.  At first,...

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Genetic Health Testing for Labrador Retrievers

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The Labrador Retriever is a large, double-coated breed with a weather-resistant coat that comes in three colors — black, yellow, and chocolate, according to the AKC breed standard. From English fishing and hunting stock, this active, hearty breed was developed in Canada. Easily trained and a great swimmer, this breed excels in a variety of...

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Health Conditions

Canine Eye Screenings Explained

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Genetics is part of the puzzle when it comes to canine health testing prior to breeding. An eye screening exam is one of the most common physical (phenotype) health tests for dogs. Responsible breeders aiming to produce healthy puppies will conduct annual eye testing on both parents prior to breeding. Testing both parents is a...

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Health Conditions

Fanny’s Unique Story About Vitiligo in Dogs

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Fanny (@fannyasfresh) is a Bernese Mountain Dog who tells a unique story about vitiligo in dogs. Fanny might have a rare condition called vitiligo. Her owner shared on Instagram that Fanny’s black fur started changing color when she was 3 or 4 years old. The color change started on her head, gradually at first, and...

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Dog Breeds

All About Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

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Dogs make wonderful companions, but they can cause allergic reactions in some pet parents. Being allergic to a pet can lead to symptoms that range from mild to severe or life-threatening. It can also make bonding difficult. While some people take allergy medications to reduce their dog allergy symptoms, others don’t find relief and must...

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Canine Ichthyosis: What Can Genetic Testing Tell Us?

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Does your dog have serious dandruff, excessive scaling, or cracked skin? It may be due to a skin disorder called canine ichthyosis. While ichthyosis in dogs may be cosmetically unappealing, it may also cause considerable discomfort and lead to other systemic concerns. There is considerable ongoing research into skin disorders with both known and unknown...

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Coagulopathies: Why DNA test your dog
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Coagulopathies: Why DNA test your dog

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Bleeding abnormalities  (coagulopathies) in dogs can occur for a variety of reasons: Infection, organ failure, toxins—or they can be caused by an inherited abnormality in the coagulation pathway. Although some breeds are known to have a higher incidence of blood disorders, coagulopathies can affect breeds of all types and sizes—from Doberman Pinschers to Shetland Sheepdogs,...

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Dog Breeds

Best of Breed Minute: Australian Shepherd

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In the Westminster Best of Breed Minute series sponsored by Embark, Gail Miller Bisher tells us what judges are looking for when examining the Australian Shepherd. Learn about the Australian Shepherd Since 1994 the Australian Shepherd has been a popular breed at Westminster. Join The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and Embark to learn something...

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Your Dog has a High Chance of Low ALT. Should You Worry?
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Your Dog Has a High Chance of Low ALT. Should You Worry?

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Every Embark test screens ALT activity (via a GPT genetic variant)– one of several values your veterinarian measures on routine blood work to gauge your dog’s liver health. To best leverage your dog’s GPT result in his or her health care, it’s important to understand how your vet can use this clinical tool to establish a baseline...

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Dog Breeds

It Takes a Village Dog

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What are village dogs, and how do they relate to today’s modern breeds? Did you know that not all dogs have ancestry from breeds? There are dogs all over the world, but not all of them have ancestry from purebreds. In fact, about 1% of Embark-tested dogs come from populations of free-ranging, free-breeding dogs called...

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Health Conditions

Genetic Testing for Type I IVDD in Dogs

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Genetic health screening with Embark includes testing for the variant associated with Type I Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), often referred to as a slipped or herniated disc. Type I IVDD is most common in “long and low” breeds like Dachshunds, Corgis, and Basset Hounds. However, many dogs of all shapes and sizes can be at...

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Dog Breeds

A Guide to Great Danes

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Are you thinking of bringing a Great Dane home? There’s so much to learn about this gentle giant, and we’re here to help. We’ll explore this breed’s physical characteristics, nutritional needs, playtime tips, and much more. At the bottom of this guide, look for our comprehensive list of all the health conditions we test for...

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Dog Breeds

A Guide to Yorkshire Terriers

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Are you considering adopting a Yorkshire Terrier? Do you already have one in the family? We have all the information you need to make decisions about their care, including details about this breed’s physical characteristics, playtime needs, grooming tips, nutrition, and more. Your Guide to Yorkshire Terriers With a stellar combination of traits, Yorkshire Terriers...

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Dog Breeds

A Guide to Boston Terriers

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If you are considering adopting a Boston Terrier, or just want to know more about them, we’ve compiled all the information you might need to make informed decisions regarding their care. We’ve included details about this breed’s physical characteristics, activity needs, grooming tips, nutrition, and more. Your guide to Boston Terriers With irresistibly cute faces...

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Dog Genetic Health

Common genetic diseases can affect all dogs, while specific genetic conditions can only be found in certain breeds. Our guide to dog breeds can inform owners about which DNA tests Embark tests for that are important based on breed.

Learn more with our resources that explain the symptoms and signs, and how DNA testing can confirm or rule out if your dog is at risk for genetic diseases. Some of the most common genetic conditions include Canine Ichthyosis, PRA, IVDD, and DM.

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