February 4, 2007 10:56pm CST
I heard this on the news and thought this was a great idea. If you know all the make up of your dog then vets can help understand and treat them better. Different breeds suffer from different things. What do you think?
• United States
6 Feb 07
Yes, it would be great if you could dna test for breed-related problems at birth. Then you'd already know if your Pyr was going to get hip dysplasia, etc. And very useful if you have a mixed breed, then you could really discover exactly what it was prone to which could help you in deciding on what sort of vet care it'll need and plan for the future. Also, you could start feeding the dog a special diet for the problem before it shows up, which could very well prevent it!
5 Feb 07
I think the vets here in the UK have been treating dogs for particular breed problems for years .. most of the different illness dogs are prone to are well known by most vets .. Sounds to me like the company selling the DNA testing is just trying to make some extra cash out of folks .. because most dogs specific breed illnesses are already known about ..