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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.

  1. Complete the sample submission form
  2. When sampling more than one dog, wash your hands between each sample to prevent cross-contamination
  3. 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
  4. Write the dog's name or other identifier on the swab sleeve wrapper (pic A)
  5. Open the swab package by peeling back the loose edges of the swab sleeve about one inch (pic B)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. Immediately reinsert the swab into the DNA CheekSwab™ sleeve (no need to reseal the sleeve) (pic F)
  9. Return the sample with the Sample Submission Form

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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


"The Wisdom Panel 2.5™ Breed Test is one of the most innovative products I have seen in years. I am a huge proponent of adoption, so my four legged family comes from shelters and breed rescue groups. Finding out what breeds are in my dog's genetic makeup has not only satisfied my curiosity, but given me invaluable health and behavioral information."

Eric Theis
Senior Vice President,
Discovery Communications,
Animal Planet Media Enterprises

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The Animal Rescue Site

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Dog Breed Certificate Photos
Customers who have ordered and received their test kit should visit our upload form to ensure that your pooch's mug makes it onto your breed analysis certificate.

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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.