Embark Veterinary releases first-ever purebred dog DNA kit
This comprehensive kit employs individualized health insights and information that can ultimately help extend dogs' lives by 3 years within the decade.
Embark Veterinary, Inc.—a global leader in dog genetics—has released its breakthrough DNA Test for Purebred Dogs. Forged by veterinarians and geneticists, the kit provides purebred owners unique, actionable health information to help pinpoint diagnostic, monitoring, and treatment plans that can easily be shared with a veterinarian.
According to a company release, Embark discovered that over 50% of tested dogs are either are at risk for—or a carrier of—genetic health complications and more than 1 in 3 dog owners have documented updating their dog's care after receiving test results.
"Until now, there has not been a dog DNA product on the market specifically designed for purebred dogs, but every dog owner deserves the most accurate and detailed data on their dog's health," said Ryan Boyko, Embark CEO and cofounder.
"Not only will this test better inform owners, veterinarians, and breeders; but it will accelerate our health discovery engine and improve insights into breed-specific health conditions and traits, fueling discoveries that will help extend dogs' lives by 3 years within the decade,” he added.
What’s more, Embark's DNA Test for Purebred Dogs is the only dog DNA test available that gives owners a critical canine health metric: Embark's Genetic Diversity Score. According to the release, this score analyzes the actual stretches of DNA in a dog's genome to compute a precise measure of inbreeding, thus offering owners the most predictive score for identifying future health and longevity.
"We see that highly genetically diverse dogs live on average 2 to 3 years longer than dogs with low genetic diversity and have fewer health problems over their lifetime," said Adam Boyko, Embark chief science officer and cofounder. "While owners can't change their dog's genetics, they can be vigilant about their dog's care and exercise knowing their dog's unique health risks."
Embark Veterinary launches first-ever DNA Test for Purebred Dog Owners. News release. Embark Veterinary, Inc. October 4, 2021. Accessed October 5, 2021. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/embark-veterinary-launches-first-ever-dna-test-for-purebred-dog-owners-301391854.html