Using the latest
science, this test scans your dog's DNA, both for ancestry information and
specific genetic markers. Your veterinarian can use this information to create
a custom health and wellness plan based on your dog's genetic code.
Secrets of Your Dog's DNA.
Science is Complex, But the Process is Simple
your dog's breed make-up
your dog's weight and size predictors
precise nutritional guidelines
is Royal Canin?
A: Royal Canin is a global leader in pet health
nutrition. In an industry that continues to adapt to popular trends in cat and
dog food, our mission will remain the same; to constantly bring, through Health
Nutrition and shared knowledge, the most precise nutritional solution for cats’
and dogs’ health nutrition needs, by building on constantly deepened scientific
knowledge and Royal Canin’s roots in the feline and canine professional
What type of Breeds are tested? What type of disease tests are run of each dog?
A: Following is a link to more detailed information
about the individual disease and mutation tests run on each dog as well as a
list of all the breeds tested for in the Royal Canin® Genetic Health Analysis™
What happens once my dog’s blood sample is received?
A: Once our lab receives the dog’s blood sample, it
undergoes extensive analysis. Our proprietary algorithm involves more than
18,000,000 comparisons against more than 250 different breeds and over 1800
genetic markers. Once the analysis is completed, we generate two reports: a
general overview of the results for the pet owner, and a more detailed,
medically-focused report for your veterinarian. Once you receive the reports,
you should schedule a consultation with your veterinarian to review the report.
What is the difference between a blood-based breed identification test and
over-the-counter swab DNA tests for dogs?
A: As opposed to over-the-counter DNA tests for
dogs, ROYAL CANIN® Genetic Health Analysis™ is sold exclusively through
veterinary clinics. While both types of tests give information about breed mix
and optimal weight predictions, the blood test gives additional information
about health conditions that the dog may be pre-disposed to as well as
nutritional guidelines based on the dog’s breed mix.
Where can I go to check my status?
A: Kit statuses are only available through our
Gateway veterinary portal. You will need to contact your veterinarian to get
the status of your dog’s sample. Once a completed report is generated, you and
your veterinarian will receive an email notification and a link to view your
reports. Please keep in mind that tests may take up to 3 weeks from the time a
sample is sent to the laboratory to generate results.
long will the analysis take?
A: It will take approximately two to three weeks
from the time the sample is received at the lab to process the dog’s blood
sample and send the reports. To check the status of the analysis, contact our
Technical Services team at 1(800) 592-6687.
heard that my veterinarian will receive a different report than I do, why is
A: ROYAL CANIN® Genetic Health Analysis™ tests for a
predisposition to various health conditions. This information is highly
technical and can be interpreted best by a medical professional. If there were
any health conditions flagged, we would have provide information to your
veterinarian with detailed information about the results, and resources for
further testing. If necessary, any concerns that come up based on the results
would come from your veterinarian.
What if my dog is positive for a genetic mutation? Should I be worried?
A: Every mutation is different; some are highly
predictive of disease, and some are dependent on other factors, such as the
breeds involved, or the influence of other genes, the environment, and even
diet. If a positive mutation is found, it is very important that you talk to
your veterinarian about their recommendations for monitoring, treatment, or
possible further diagnostic testing.
do I know the results are accurate?
A: All breed determinations are made by our
proprietary computer algorithm that performs more than 18,000,000 calculations
of each tested dog’s DNA. The algorithm scans more than 1800 genetic markers
that have been collected and looks for matches to breed signatures, then
provides a marker-by-marker certainty score for each breed match.
We are constantly validating our testing for
accuracy. This includes repeated testing of a dog’s blood sample and review by
independent third party specialists, geneticists and leading authorities on
canine genetics. In each stage of DNA testing, the ROYAL CANIN® Genetic Health
Analysis™ is run at Geneseek, a USDA-accredited laboratory, to ensure proper
retested my dog and the results are different, why is that?
A: We are constantly making upgrades and updates to
our algorithm as well as our reference database of purebred dogs. If a family
line was not previously well represented, the algorithm would not be able to
detect it. Also, improvements in sample quality can cause results to vary.
these results be used to register a dog with the AKC?
A: No, the results of this test are meant for your
general knowledge and to aid a consultation with your veterinarian, results
cannot be used to register a dog with the AKC.
What happens if I test a dog from a breed not in your database?
A: With over 250 breeds, types and varieties in our
database, we would expect the algorithm would be looking at related breeds
within that database and that the final tree would include closely related
the GHA test work on breeds from outside the United States?
A: The Genetic Health Analysis™ test was developed
using pure breeds primarily from those found on the American Kennel club and
The Kennel Club (UK) registry lists. If your dog was imported from a country
other than Canada, the UK, Australia, Germany, or mainland U.S., or you suspect
that your dog’s ancestors are from outside these countries, his breed ancestry
may not be well represented in our database.
results claim that my dog’s family tree may include a breed that is banned by
certain residential communities, should I be worried?
A: Genetic Health Analysis is not intended to be
used by regulatory or animal control officials to determine whether a
particular breed is legislated or banned in a particular community. Nor is
Genetic Health Analysis intended to be used in any judicial proceedings.
don't understand the the results, who can I contact?
A: For inquiries regarding your results, please
contact our Technical Services team at 1(800) 592-6687, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
Central Time, Monday – Friday.