Instructions and Results
Canine DNA Sample Collection Procedure
Your DNA sampling kit contains materials to collect a DNA sample from your dog. The Wisdom Panel® DNA test kits are provided for dog DNA collection and can be returned by regular US mail - no special handling is required. The DNA swabbing procedure is completely non-invasive. No blood, hair or tissue need be extracted. Swabbing is done easily and comfortably by the dog owner, avoiding the trauma and expense of other sampling methods.
- Complete the sample submission form
- When sampling more than one dog, wash your hands
between each sample to prevent cross-contamination
- Withhold food at least one-half hour before collecting a
sample for DNA testing. Visually inspect the dog's mouth
between the cheek and gums for food debris. The objective
is to collect cheek epithelial cells, avoiding food debris
- Write the dog's name or other identifier on the swab sleeve wrapper (pic A)
- Open the swab package by peeling back the loose edges of the swab sleeve about one inch (pic B)
- Grasp the swab's plastic handle and pull the swab out of the
wrapper. Envision inserting a toothbrush inside your mouth,
turning the bristles away from your teeth towards your
cheek, and brushing against your cheek. Again, the objective
is to collect epithelial cheek cells, not food debris onto
the bristles (pic C)
- Steady your dog's head. Holding the swab by the applicator
stick, vigorously rub and rotate the swabs bristle head
against the inside surface of the cheek for about 20
seconds (pics D & E)
- Immediately reinsert the swab into the DNA CheekSwab™
sleeve (no need to reseal the sleeve) (pic F)
- Return the sample with the Sample Submission Form
Recommended Reading and Next Steps
No Vet or Blood Required!
Along iwth a fast turn around, our dog DNA test collection process is simple — no visit to the veterinarian and no drawing of blood. Our painless process involves a quick cheek swab in the comfort of YOUR dog house.
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Did You Know?
Approximately 75 million dogs have humans in the United States. 10% of those dogs were rescued from a shelter with little or no known history.
The top 10 dog names of 2011 were: Bella, Max, Buddy, Daisy, Bailey, Lucy, Molly, Coco, Charlie and Rocky. Source: Banfield Pet Hospital
The list of most unusual names for 2011 include: Almost-A-Dog, Franco Furter, Stinky McStinkerson, Sir Seamus McPoop, Audrey Shepburn, Dewey Deimell, Knuckles Capone, Beagle Lugosi, Shooter McLovin, Uzi Duzi Du. Source: VIP Pet Insurance
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Betsy Saul, Satisfied Customer
Co-founder of PetFinder.com
Dog Breed Testing on NBC
The Today Show's Meredith Vieira discovers the heritage of her mixed breed dog Jasper with the help of our Wisdom Panel™ 2.0 Dog DNA Breed Test.
Dog Breed Test Instructions
Be sure to follow the instructions and photos on this site or those included with your test kit to ensure a successful DNA collection and analysis