What You Need to Know about PRA-prcd in Dogs

As it is with humans, a dog’s eyes are his window to the world. A decrease in or loss of vision altogether is debilitating and can greatly diminish a dog’s quality of life. A common genetic reason for blindness in dogs is a condition called Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), also known as progressive rod and…

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3 Best Tips for Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

Dogs are pack animals that crave human companionship—much more so than do cats. Writing in Psychology Today, psychologist Dr. Stanley Coren states, “We now have data that suggests that we have selectively bred the domestic dog so that it is strongly biased to love humans (or at least one human) more strongly than it loves…

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What Breed is my Dog? You May Have It All Wrong.

  Was it love at first sight when you and your shelter pooch laid eyes on each other? According to the ASPCA, 3.3 million dogs end up in U.S. animal rescue/control facilities every year, and 1.6 million get adopted. No doubt you’ve asked, “what breed is my dog?” According to a new DNA study published…

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What is the Best Dog DNA Test?

“What is the best dog DNA test?” With the rapidly-rising popularity of DNA testing, this is a question many pet owners want to know. You definitely don’t want to bark up the wrong tree on this one, so this blog is designed to be a comprehensive resource for you to help in determining the best…

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Thank You for 15 Years of Dog DNA Testing

This summer, DDC Veterinary is celebrating our fifteenth anniversary doing dog DNA testing and providing testing services for other types of animals too. And in doing so, we want to celebrate you—our customers—without whom this would not be possible. In March of 2003, our parent company DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center) formed a team to research…

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Dog Heat Stroke 101: Safe Fun in the Sun

That dreary, rainy spring is finally done. The sun is shining, and the sky is blue. Let’s take the dog for a run! Sadly, many pet owners have  learned the hard way about the dangers of summer heat over the years. It can be deadly, and one of the most common results of prolonged exposure…

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How Much Does a Dog DNA Test Cost?

As a trusted provider of dog DNA tests, one of the first questions we get asked is, “How much does a dog DNA test cost?” When ordering an analysis for your pet or litter, of course you want to get the best possible price, but cost is not the only consideration. You should also ask…

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How to Fight Fleas: Don’t Let Spring Bug Your Pet

It’s that time of year! As the thermometer goes up, we all want to spend more time outdoors. It’s also when we need to really combat those pesky fleas and ticks. Yes—it’s war!  If you’re wondering how to fight fleas, here are five ways to do it effectively—using weapons that are tried and true. 5 Ways…

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All About Kidney Disease in Cats

  Did you know? In felines aged 14 years or older, kidney disease in cats is the most common cause of death. It can begin years earlier, as young as 6 years, and progress very gradually. This health risk is the biggest reason your veterinarian recommends yearly blood work for your feline friend. If the…

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5 Must-Do Safety Tips for a Dog-Friendly Easter

  Chocolate Bunnies, Ham, and Photos Too? Oh My! Although Easter is often a more low-key holiday than Christmas, there are still plenty of hazards for dogs that responsible pet owners need to be aware of. Here is a basketful of helpful reminders to help everyone enjoy a safe and happy holiday. 1. Keep Easter…

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