Genetic Testing for Pets

If you want your pet to have a long and healthy life, it is important to understand the types of risks that might affect them. Certain breeds of animals are at higher susceptibility to certain types of health conditions. Knowing this information ahead of time can help a pet owner to put in place preventive care. Preventative care can have a huge impact on your animal's quality of life and longevity. At All Creatures Animal Hospital, serving Granbury, TX, and the surrounding areas, we provide genetic testing for pets for this reason. Keep reading to learn more.

Which Animals Should Have Genetic Testing?

You will want to discuss genetic testing with our veterinarian. This professional will be able to give you guidance and advice on which pets will most benefit from genetic testing. Genetic testing is a veterinary service that can help to identify risks of certain health conditions. Our vet will be aware of which animals are susceptible to which conditions and will therefore be able to advise you on the benefits of genetic testing. Not all animals or breeds will need this type of testing done. This can be an important part of your pet care.

What Types of Conditions Can Affect My Pet?

There is a number of genetic conditions that can affect animals. Some genetic conditions are common to an entire breed of a species. For instance, Dobermans, Boxers, and Great Danes are all genetically predisposed to a cardiac condition known as DCM or Dilated Cardiomyopathy.  This condition can have a huge effect on the dog's quality of life and longevity.

Genetic testing can help you determine if your dog is prone to this condition, and then preventative steps can be taken to protect your dog's health and hopefully lengthen its life.

It is important that you talk with your vet about your particular animal to best understand how genetic testing can affect long-term pet care.

Other Services We Offer

In addition to genetic testing services, our veterinarian's office also offers a wide range of pet care services for you and your fur babies. We provide general veterinarian services, as well as specialized services to make your animals happy and healthy.

To learn more about our services, contact us at All Creatures Animal Hospital, serving Granbury, TX, and the surrounding areas. We will be happy to answer your questions and schedule for you an appointment. Call us today at (817) 326-6262.