Pound puppies and pound kittehs

Consider this: Your local ASPCA or Humane Society likely has many puppies and kittens that could really benefit from your love and affection. And it’s never a one-way conversation. Pets of all kinds give unconditional love. All you have to do is love them back. Adopting a rescue animal will benefit you and your pet. For more information, contact the American Humane Society here.

Anyone who has had a mixed breed dog has likely wondered: Just what type of dog do I have?

Now, it may be possible to answer that question. Companies specializing in dog DNA testing are enticing owners who are curious about their mutt’s background. Owners may also decide to test so they can take the information to their veterinarians to discuss potential health issues about their dog’s breeds.

Priced from $60 and up, the tests are available online and at many pet supply retail stores. All of the kits for testing your dogs DNA via a cheek swab sampling, except for the most expensive, Mars Veterinary’s Wisdom Panel Professional, which requires a blood test at a veterinarian’s office (call your local veterinarian for pricing).

Not surprisingly, like most products, not all dog breed DNA tests are created equal. The more breeds in a company’s database, the greater the chance for accuracyin their results, says

 

 

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