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Barking up the family tree: Discover secrets in your dog's DNA with Royal Canin Genetic Health Analysis (GHA)
Photo by Elizabeth Tersigni

July 31 is National Mutt Day and I am a proud owner of two mixed breed dogs. I love my mutts, and specifically wanted mixed breeds because they are on average healthier. Many mutt owners have no idea what breeds are in the mix, but knowing this can provide some insight into your pet’s health and behaviour. That’s why Royal Canin is encouraging mixed breed owners to discover the secrets in their dog’s DNA through The ROYAL CANIN® Genetic Health Analysis (GHA).

The American Humane Association reported that mixed breed dogs are the most popular type of dog in the United States, comprising 53 percent of the nation's canine population. Having insight into your dog’s DNA can provide you with insider information. GHA can be used to tailor your dog’s wellness plan to include nutrition, predict a puppy's full grown size, and provide information about possible inherited diseases. Mutts can be predisposed to health issues and have unique behaviours just like purebred dogs, but knowing their genetic makeup can solve some of those mysteries.

Royal Canin recently worked with AllPaws to commission a survey of U.S. adults about their dog’s breed and their results showed that among dog owners, 45 percent do not know the breed makeup of their canine companion. In addition to that, 44 percent don't know what genetic diseases their dog is more prone to as a result of their dog’s ancestry.

But with GHA, a Royal Canin veterinary product, you can get a scientific scan of your dog’s DNA. Royal Canin GHA is sold exclusively through veterinary clinics to ensure the most accurate interpretation of the results. The analysis begins by drawing a small amount of blood. They then send it out to a laboratory that runs more than 130 genetic mutation tests on that sample, and then compares the DNA to more than 250 breeds, types and varieties of dogs. Once the results are in they are sent back to your veterinarian so that you both can tailor your dog’s health plan, and adjust your dog’s lifestyle based on his genetic makeup.

"Genetics in veterinary medicine is a rapidly growing field. We have so much more information available to us now that veterinarians and owners can leverage to create an individualized care and wellness plan for each dog's unique needs," Dr. Angela M Hughes DVM PhD, Veterinary Geneticist with Mars Veterinary said in a press release. "Our dogs deserve the best care, nutrition, and training and with GHA we can give it to them."

Actress and singer Jamie Lynn Sigler has partnered with Royal Canin to identify the breeds mixed in her dog, Bean. Jamie recently visited her veterinarian's office where Bean underwent GHA testing and she is now awaiting the results.

"Bean is like a family member to us," Sigler said in a press release. "We've always wanted to know what breed he is, and we're so excited to find the answer. On top of satisfying my curiosity, we'll know what to feed him, what risks to watch out for and what to expect from him a few years down the road."

Follow Jamie Lynn Sigler’s journey on her social channels – and – where she will announce the breed makeup of Bean in the coming weeks. I choose Royal Canin veterinary diets for all three of my pets. Royal Canin USA was founded by a veterinarian in 1968 and is a leader in science-based cat and dog health nutrition.

Satisfy your curiosity and gain insight- that seems to be what it is all about! Would you do it? Would you try The ROYAL CANIN® Genetic Health Analysis? Do you think knowing your dog’s DNA and ancestry would be helpful in tailoring a wellness plan for your dog? Bark at me! Tweet @PawsForReaction! I want to hear from you!

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