Pet DNA Testing - Canine Genetic Analysis™

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Your dog’s genetic signature is unique and may hold the key to many hidden healthcare indicators. Our Canine Genetic Analysis™ DNA test (CGA)—only available through Banfield— tests for 140+ genetic disease mutations and detects more than 250 breeds, types, and varieties. We recommend genetic testing for all dogs, both pure and mixed breeds, to provide important information to assist our veterinarians in assessing your dog’s specific needs.


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Hi! I'm dr. Molly McAllister with another video in our ask Evette series. If you own a mixed-breed dog chances are you've wondered what breeds make up your dog's ancestry there's a test called the canine genetic analysis or CGA. It uses markers from your dog's genetic signature to determine the breeds in its makeup the process starts with a sample of your dog's blood which is sent to a lab for analysis. 

A sophisticated computer algorithm compares your dog's DNA to a database of over 250 breeds types and varieties to determine the correct ancestral breeds. Then a personalized report is created with your dog's ancestry back to its great-grandparents in addition the test screens for over 100 disease and genetic mutations.

For example, some dogs can have a genetic mutation that affects how they respond to certain medications. Knowing this information will help your veterinarian determine the best care for your pet. 

CGA also provides a predicted weight profile which can be especially helpful if you have a mixed breed puppy. Understanding your dog's likely weight range and breed composition can help identify the proper diet recommendations such as whether your puppy should be on a large or giant breed puppy food. This will help set your dog on a proper growth and nutrition path from an early age. 

Finally, many people are fascinated by their dogs interesting and sometimes frustrating behaviors. Whether it's running circles around the kids or digging holes in your yard, once you know the actual breeds in your dog's makeup you can understand your dog's brain a little more and can start using training techniques that fully take your pets potential our natural tendencies into account. 

This can help you develop a more effective training and behavior modification program while building your bond through mutual understanding by knowing the breeds in your dog and

partnering with your Banfield veterinarian you can proactively plan for your pets lifelong health care needs together.

Your Canine Genetic Analysis report provides you and your veterinarian with information that can:

  • Enable proactive, individualized health care.
    With more than 140 genetic tests for canine diseases and mutations, your dog’s CGA test delivers a detailed report to help our veterinarians provide individualized care for your dog.
  • Assist with behavior modification and training.
    Visual breed identification is only accurate about 25% of the time, even by professionals. Not knowing the actual breeds in your dog’s make-up means you could be using training techniques that don’t fully take into account his potential or natural tendencies. Knowing the breeds in your mixed-breed dog can help you develop a more effective training and behavior modification program.
  • Provide insights for nutrition and healthcare planning.
    Screening for 140+ genetic disease mutations, breed identification, and a predicted weight profile are all tools from the CGA report that can provide you and your veterinarian with valuable information to help with nutritional and health care planning that is as unique as your dog.

Talk with your local Banfield veterinarian about the Canine Genetic Analysis DNA test, or Check out our CGA FAQ here. It can even be added to your pet’s Optimum Wellness Plan!

*Canine Genetic Analysis/option not available to clients of Banfield Pet Hospitals in Puerto Rico.