Genetic (DNA) testing
Genetic testing is becoming increasingly common in veterinary medicine and offers many opportunities for breeders and pet owners alike. Coat colour and length testing allows breeders to anticipate the phenotypes (physical characteristics) of potential offspring, maximising the potential to produce the most desirable coat types. Genetic testing can help breeders ensure the health of a litter by screening for genetic disorders in apparently healthy animals prior to mating (many canine genetic disorders are recessive, meaning that a dog can be a carrier of a potentially devastating disease and not show any signs). DNA 'profiling', the characterisation of an individual animal's DNA, enables accurate identification and parentage determinations to be made.
In order to undertake genetic testing a DNA sample is collected using a simple, non-invasive and painless sampling technique known as buccal (cheek) swabbing. Your vet simply places a sterile swab against the inside of your dog's cheek and swirls it in a circular motion in order to collect a sample of their genetic material. This testing is done by specialist laboratories in Australia.
For a detailed list of the diseases that can be detected using genetic testing, please visit one of the following websites. Speak to your local veterinarian for more information.
1 June 2017 - Gribbles Veterinary is no longer providing a referral service for canine and feline genetic testing. Please contact the service providers (listed above) directly to arrange testing.
Do you own a bitsa (or bitzer) dog? You know the type: it's "bits o' this, bits o' that", also referred to as a mongrel, a mixed-breed, a tyke or a mutt. There are a plethora of words and phrases in use for dogs that are not purebred, but a bitsa is effectively any dog whose ancestry is unknown and that has the characteristics of two or more breeds. Well now your vet can help you to unlock the secrets of your dog's breed history.
Knowing your dog's breed history can be an important influence on how you interact, train and care for your pet. The more you understand the breed make-up, the better placed you are to respond to your dog's individual needs.
Speak to your vet today about the BITSA breed identification test and take the first step towards unlocking the secrets of your pet's breed history. For further information, please refer to the BITSA FAQ and the BITSA website.
1 June 2017 - Gribbles Veterinary is no longer providing a referral service for canine and feline genetic testing. Please contact bitsa.com.au directly to arrange testing.