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Catch up on recent news in dog genetics and health, including breakthroughs in science, pet health in the media, and the latest developments at Embark.

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The State of Dog Care

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At Embark, our scientists are working hard to improve dog health, with the help of our customers through community science. Embark conducted a study of over 190,000 Embark customers, plus 1,977 additional pet owners in all 50 states, to find out where pet owners are going the extra mile to care for their dogs in...

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What is an Emotional Support Dog?

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Update: As of 5.21.20, we have edited this post based on feedback received from members of the service animal community. We have made the following edits to clearly convey what an emotional support animal is (and is not) and how they differ from a service animal: Any mention of “registration” has been removed to clarify...

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10 Ways to Help Dogs in Need

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Adoption and fostering are great ways to help dogs in need of forever homes. But there are many other ways to give back, even if you can’t adopt a pet right now. Here are 10 ways to spread the love and help dogs in need this holiday season—or any time of year. 1. Donate to...

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How One Illinois Dog Cheered Up a Neighborhood

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While everyone is self quarantining, families are looking for ways to spend quality time together inside. One such family is the Truszkowsks in Wilmette, Illinois, who fostered a pregnant dog and soon after, her litter of puppies. With a window for socially-distancing walk bys for puppy-viewing, they’ve become the delight of their neighborhood. We were...

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The Shared History of Dogs and Humans

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Greger Larson, PhD from the University of Oxford joined Embark at the second annual Canine Health Summit to talk about the shared history of dogs and humans. For many of us, dogs are not just pets; they are family members. The science behind why we love our dogs is extensive, and researchers are constantly uncovering...

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Embark’s Most Popular Dog Names of 2020

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The pandemic pet boom had some serious bark. Many pup parents joined Embark Vet to discover more about their new best friends, bringing us closer to realizing our goal of ending preventable disease in dogs.  We took a look at all the dogs we tested who were born in 2020 so we could share the...

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Embark Sale Beneficiary Focus – Central Texas SPCA

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Marking the Olympic Games, we at Embark have challenged the dog lovers of America to raise money for their local animal shelters! We are running a special 20% off sale on our dog DNA tests with $10 per kit sold going to a shelter of your choice. The city with the most sales sees their shelter’s...

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Embark Sale Beneficiary Focus – Arizona Humane Society

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Let the games begin! Embark loves a good competition and to get us in the Olympic spirit, we at Embark have challenged the dog lovers of America to raise money for their local animal shelters! We are running a special 20% off sale on our dog DNA tests with $10 per kit sold going to...

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Embark Sale Beneficiary Focus – Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League

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Olympic fever has hit and we at Embark have challenged the dog lovers of America to raise money for their local animal rescues! We are running a special 20% off sale on our dog DNA tests with $10 per kit sold going to a shelter of your choice. The city with the most sales see’s...

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Alaskan Sled Dogs: Genetics of Canine Athletes

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When we think of Alaskan sled dogs, breeds like the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, or even the Samoyed usually come to mind. These are the types of dogs popularized by movies like Snow Dogs, White Fang, Balto, and Togo. But according to Dr. Heather Huson, many other types of dogs can be modern sled dogs,...

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2021 Year in Review: Discoveries in Dog Science

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2021 was a great year for dog lovers and dog scientists alike. In our 2021 year in review, we dive into some of the big moments that happened in dog genetics this year.  Scientists made lots of discoveries about dog DNA, like the first Basenji dog genome, how puppies are wired to respond to humans,...

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5 Questions with Wags & Whiskers’ Jill Arbogast

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Embark partnered with 16 MVP dogs from 16 shelters for our annual Mutt Madness event. We had the chance to sit down with the President of Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue of MN, Jill Arbogast, to discuss the volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization whose mission is to save the lives of homeless animals and educate...

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