It is possible to give your dog a DNA test by yourself at home, instead of having the test done at the vet’s. Not only will this be more convenient for you, it will also be a lot cheaper than having the test done by a vet.
How Do You Swab A Dog For DNA?
Getting your dog’s DNA material with a cheek swab is very easy. Simply get the swab that comes with the test kit and insert it in your dog’s mouth, just between the gums and the cheeks. Rub the swab gently for between 30 to 60 seconds to ensure that you’ve collected an adequate DNA sample.
After collecting the DNA sample, package it in the provided container and mail it to the test kit provider, and wait for your results.
At What Age Can You DNA Test A Dog?
Your dog’s DNA does not change with age, and therefore, you can test your dog’s DNA at any stage of your dog’s life. However, it is advisable to wait until a pup has been weaned before testing.
If you test a suckling puppy, there’s a possibility that the cells from the mother’s milk and skin will be present in the collected DNA sample, thus compromising the results.
If it is absolutely necessary for you to test a suckling pup, you should keep them separate from the mother and their littermates for not less than one hour before taking the swab. This will help prevent DNA contamination.
How Long Does A Dog DNA Test Take?
Giving your dog a DNA test by yourself is just as simple as having it done at the vet’s. You can have the DNA sample ready in just a few minutes. Once you mail the DNA sample to the test kit provider, they will email your fido’s results in about 2 to 3 weeks.