Dog Owners Beware of Dog DNA Tests, Warn Researchers

Dog Owners Beware of Dog DNA Tests, Warn Researchers

Some animal researchers want to warn pet owners about dog DNA tests and are calling for the regulation of them.

Commentary published in the journal Nature says while dog DNA tests are gaining popularity, their accuracy or ability to predict health outcomes have not been validated. An assistant professor, veterinarian and research scholar joined forces for the commentary.

In the article they tell the story of a pug who was put to sleep because a $65 dog DNA test told her owners she carried a mutation linked to a condition similar to ALS in humans.

The researchers say “Pet genetics must be reined in. If not, some companies will continue to profit by selling potentially misleading and often inaccurate information; pets and their owners will suffer needlessly…”

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