How Much Does a Dog DNA Test Cost?

genetics dogDog DNA tests are the most accurate way to get a better understanding of the breed composition of your animal. These are especially useful for investigating the genetic background of mix-breed animals, as well as shelter dogs, as their history is unknown in many cases.

The breed information is not the only thing that interests the owner but it can also be of use medically as different breeds have different predispositions to genetically-inherited diseases.

Continue reading to get an overview of how much dog DNA test costs and other miscellaneous factors.

The Cost of Dog DNA Test

DNA tests on dogs occurred as a result of experts’ concern regarding mutations that cause diseases and also affect phenotypic traits on pets. However, today, it is not just known for determining diseases in dogs before reaching the mating age but also for telling what breeds your companion is and how big he might get.

This type of test is truly an ideal way of getting to know your pet even more. It is also economical since the result lasts a lifetime, unlike other examinations which need to be redone after a certain amount of time.

At-Home DNA Testing

  • Cheek Swab DNA Test Kit

Genetic testing starts when you order the kit online. Remember that only cheek-swabbing kits are available on the internet. Blood-based tests can be purchased and done in your local veterinary center.

After purchasing the package will arrive in about a week. You will see instructions to follow inside the package. First, you have to swab the inside of your dog’s cheek with the provided cotton buds.

Then, you will be asked to create an online profile using a unique code attached to the package. After this, put the samples inside the container provided then seal it with the envelope.

Lastly, send the sample back to the company through the mail.

Results will be released online or through the mail, depending on the company, and they usually get launched about 2-8 weeks after mailing the samples.

The tests themselves vary in what information is analyzed and provided to you. These mostly range from $60 to $90.

For example, the BioPet Breed ID can identify up to 63 breeds of dog and costs $60. The Mars Wisdom Panel identifies over 185 breeds and costs $80.

Mail-in kit from home with a simple non-invasive swab is usually the best option for dog owners who want to know more about their animal. This is because this type of sampling will not require you and your canine buddy to take a trip to the vet since cheek swabbing can be done at home.

Vet-Based DNA Testing

  • Cheek Swab DNA Test

Wisdom Panel Professional is a DNA test offered exclusively through veterinarians which can identify up to 225 breeds and includes an array of genetic screenings for diseases and costs about $150.

Other options include disease screening and inherited trait testing offered by Vet DNA Center are priced at $58 for 1-4 samples and $48 for 5 or more samples.

On the other hand, a DNA panel, which is a combination of different dog genetic tests cost $58 to $168 each depending on the number of samples.

To verify if your dog is registered to the correct dam and sire, there is a fee of $38 per sample to pay.

  • Blood-based DNA Test

A blood-based sample is more expensive and inaccessible since prices can only be known by contacting veterinary hospitals. Additionally, the procedure of collecting the sample should be done by the professional.

Blood tests are not any more accurate than check swabs. It’s just that more expensive tests yield more extensive results, so they can be used when trying to identify genetic markers for disease.

As DNA testing on dogs continues, the database of available data that these companies will have will grow, which will enable more genetic markers of disease to be located. This means more information can be understood from an individual dog’s DNA analysis.

Other Fees to Consider

  • Veterinary Fee

One of the first things a vet will do when examining a dog is ask for background history, so knowing the specifics of your dog’s genetic makeup can be important.

DNA tests have become increasingly available and affordable in recent years as more and more companies offering these services pop up. As mentioned, tests will either require a cheek swab, which can be done at home or a blood sample that a veterinarian will need to draw.

The cost to see a vet and get a blood sample is around $50.

Most of the time, vets offer the service at a price which is already inclusive of the DNA kit. The price range for this is $60 to $200.

  • Mailing Fee

Usually, DNA kits already provide postage-paid envelopes to carry your samples.

If pre-paid postage is not already included, shipping the sample back to the laboratory will cost anywhere from $10 to $25.

Author Bio

Dr. Patty Khuly

Patty Khuly, VMD, MBA is a prolific pet health writer, occasional media personality, and a practicing veterinary clinician (for almost 23 years!).
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