Where can you go to get a dog DNA test? If you’re reading this on a computer or smartphone, you’re already there!
In the past, DNA testing required a blood sample because the technology of the time relied on large quantities of DNA needed to perform a test (and of course blood is loaded with DNA). That also meant that the average dog owner was not trained or equipped to collect a DNA sample on their own. If a pet owner wanted to have a DNA test done, that meant a trip to the veterinarian; setting up the appointment, time off work, expense of an office visit and blood draw, in addition to the cost of the DNA test. It was inconvenient!
With advancements in technology came improvements in DNA testing methods. The development of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) methods meant that DNA testing that could be performed accurately using much smaller quantities of DNA. This allowed for the sample collection methods to change so that a test no longer required a blood sample.
Today, the preferred DNA sample collection is done using buccal “cheek” swabs for collecting skin cells inside the dog’s mouth. Truthfully, DNA results generated from cheek swabs are equally accurate as blood. An easy-to-use at home DNA sample collection kit is provided to the dog owner. This kit includes everything needed to collect the sample on their own- the cheek swabs, instructions, and return envelope for returning samples to the laboratory by mail.
So to answer the question, “Where can I go to get a DOG DNA test done?” Now the answer really is anywhere, including the comfort of your own home! All you need is access to the internet.
For more information about how to determine the breed make-up of your mixed breed dog using a do-it-yourself-at-home DNA sample collection kit from DDC Veterinary click here to learn about dog DNA testing.