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Improving Client Experience and Clinical Outcomes with Canine Genetic Disease Testing

Improving Client Experience and Clinical Outcomes with Canine Genetic Disease Testing

The expanding role of the dog over recent decades as an anthropomorphized member of the modern American family has led to an increase in dog owners’ expectations of their veterinarians. With social media, where the old adages about the number of people a dissatisfied client will tell about their experience can be easily multiplied by a factor of hundreds, the pressure to meet client expectations is more intense than ever.

Far more actionable than the commonly used genetic testing for canine breed identification, canine genetic disease testing is an accurate and reliable tool to help veterinarians meet their clients’ expectations in new ways. Genetic testing for a variety of inherited diseases has become commonplace in the dog breeding community to help breeders produce puppies free of particular maladies. However, as we know, not every dog seen in practice is the product of two purebred parents which have been genetically tested and vetted to make sure they are a good genetic match. Having a solution to easily perform canine genetic disease testing for any dog in a clinical setting, no matter the breed, adds a level of sophistication and progressiveness to your practice which can also supplement and improve your overall ...

Paw Print Genetics is Packing up for Potomac!

Paw Print Genetics is Packing up for Potomac!
PPG is packing and getting ready to head to the Potomac Specialty!

Paw Print Genetics is heading to Frederick, MD to attend the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac, 42nd Potomac Specialty.  We will be onsite Tuesday, April 11th - Friday, April 14th.  We will have amazing show discounts for those placing orders and having us swab their dogs at the show.

Paw Print Genetics offers the largest selection of inherited diseases for Labrador retrievers. You can order single tests including tests for diseases, coat colors and traits or order one or both of the Labrador breed-specific panels.  We offer the most comprehensive testing options in the industry.

With the highest standards in canine genetic testing, Paw Print Genetics will examine each mutation region twice with two independent methods. Your results will be reviewed by and signed out by both a PhD geneticist and a veterinarian. All of your dogs and results will be kept in your secure online account, so that you have access to your reports at anytime.  Any leftover DNA is saved for you at no charge, should you need further testing in the future.

Participants at the show will receive special show discounts that will save you up to 50% off your testing. So bring your dogs to get swabbed ...

Paw Print Genetics has Moved!

Paw Print Genetics has Moved!
Little Frankie is helping Paw Print Genetics move to their new location.

Paw Print Genetics has moved to our new laboratory!  Our new address is 220 E Rowan, suite 220, Spokane, WA 99207.  Our phone numbers remain the same at 509-483-5950 or toll free (US & Canada only) 1-855-202-4889. We have moved to more than twice our original space!

For overnight and 2 day shipments via (FedEx, UPS, USPS, etc.), please ship to:

Paw Print Genetics

220 E. Rowan, Suite 220

Spokane, WA 99207 USA

For shipments via USPS, with general delivery

Paw Print Genetics

PO Box 28250

Spokane, WA 99228-8250 USA

For international shipping, be sure to place the US Customs form on the outside of your package to expedite your samples through Customs. 

If you currently have samples to send to us with one of our prepaid return mailers, you can still use that mailer, as all mail will be forwarded to our new address. Please let us know if you have any questions about shipping your samples to us.

Thank you to ALL of our customers who keep us growing and innovating!

Can I Order Now and Use the Tests in the Future?

Can I Order Now and Use the Tests in the Future?

Paw Print Genetics offers exceptional discounts and sometimes you want to take advantage of those discounts, but you don't have any dogs to test today.  Keep in mind that your order never expires and remains open until we have received your samples and completed your testing.  Order as many dogs as you want in the same order and send them at your convenience.  We do not hold samples. Rather, we will test them as we receive them, so use some now and some later. The tests will be in your account until you need them. 

Here are some tips on how to order now to take advantage of the sale and use those tests in the future.

1. You must enter a call name, breed, date of birth (month/year) and sex for each dog in an order.  All of this information can be changed when you get ready to use the samples.  Many people call them Dog1, Dog2, etc or Pup1, Pup2, etc.  You can make them all males and put the current month and year as their date of birth. Having them all males with the same birth date helps as a reminder to change this information when ...

Paw Print Genetics Heads to the Bluegrass State

Paw Print Genetics Heads to the Bluegrass State

Paw Print Genetics is heading to Louisville, KY to attend the Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows.  We will be onsite Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 16 -18.   We will be placing orders at the show, so please come prepared with your dog’s information and we will be happy to assist you.  

Paw Print Genetics offers the largest selection of inherited diseases for more than 350 breeds of dog, and there is something for every breed of dog! You can order single tests including tests for diseases, coat colors and traits or order your breed-specific panel.  We offer the most comprehensive testing options in the industry. Click here to search for available tests in your breed.

With the highest standards in canine genetic testing, Paw Print Genetics will examine each mutation region twice with two independent methods. Your results will be reviewed by and signed out by both a PhD geneticist and a veterinarian. All of your dogs and results will be kept in your secure online account, so that you have access to your reports at anytime.  Any leftover DNA is saved for you, at no charge, should you need further testing in the future.

Participants at the ...

Paw Print Genetics will attend the Pheasants Forever 2017 National Pheasant Fest in Minneapolis

Paw Print Genetics will attend the Pheasants Forever 2017 National Pheasant Fest in Minneapolis
Paw Print Genetics' CEO, Lisa Shaffer getting her puppy fix from J & L Boykin Spaniels at Pheasant Fest in 2016.

Paw Print Genetics is heading to Minneapolis, MN to attend the Pheasants Forever 2017 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic.  We will be onsite Friday, February 17 - Sunday, February 19, in booth 621.  We will be placing orders at the show, so please come prepared with your dog’s information and we will be happy to assist you.  

Paw Print Genetics offers the largest selection of inherited diseases for more than 350 breeds of dog, and there is something for every breed of hunting dog! You can order single tests including tests for diseases, coat colors and traits or order your breed-specific panel.  We offer the most comprehensive testing options in the industry. Click here to search for available tests in your breed.

With the highest standards in canine genetic testing, Paw Print Genetics will examine each mutation region twice with two independent methods. Your results will be reviewed by and signed out by both a PhD geneticist and a veterinarian. All of your dogs and results will be kept in your secure online account, so that you have access to your reports at anytime.  Any leftover DNA is saved for you, at no charge, should you need ...

What To Test? - Selecting Sample Types for Genetic Testing

What To Test? - Selecting Sample Types for Genetic Testing

With canine genetic disease testing becoming an increasingly common practice in both pets and breeding dogs, more and more veterinarians are being tasked with assisting their clients with sample collection for genetic testing. Paw Print Genetics (PPG) accepts a large variety of sample types that can be used for DNA extraction. In some cases, certain sample types may be much more convenient or logical to submit for testing than others.

I thought customer service was dead...Paw Print Genetics proved me wrong. By Justin Riegsecker, JARS Labradoodles

I thought customer service was dead...Paw Print Genetics proved me wrong.  By Justin Riegsecker, JARS Labradoodles

The following is a letter written by a Paw Print Genetics' customer, Justin Riegsecker, posted here with his permission.  Click to find out more about JARS Labradoodles.

I started JARS Labradoodles three years ago when I purchased my first Australian Labradoodle stud.  I am very fortunate in that my father has been a breeder for over 43 years - fortunate because he allowed me to get started by essentially giving me three amazing Moyen Poodle females.  More importantly, I am fortunate because he has taught me many things about raising puppies and how to deal with the unexpected.  I'm sure you know the proverb about the difference between giving a man a fish or teaching a man to fish.  I really feel like I was given the fish AND taught how to fish.  Our business has grown over these three years and I've merged JARS Labradoodles with my father's Goldendoodle breeding program. 

My father is old school - doesn't know much about the internet and the power to reach millions of potential clients across the United States.  I have a Bachelor's degree in business and marketing and had spent several years in sales prior to ...

On the Road Again to the Rose City Classic

On the Road Again to the Rose City Classic

Paw Print Genetics is heading to Portland, Oregon to attend the Rose City Classic Dog Show.  We will be onsite Thursday, January 19th - Sunday, January 22nd.  We will be placing orders at the show, so please come prepared with your dog’s information and we will be happy to assist you.  

Paw Print Genetics offers the largest selection of inherited diseases for more than 350 breeds of dog. You can order single tests including tests for diseases, coat colors and traits or order your breed-specific panel.  We offer the most comprehensive testing options in the industry. Click here to search for available tests in your breed.

With the highest standards in canine genetic testing, Paw Print Genetics will examine each mutation region twice with two independent methods. Your results will be reviewed by and signed out by both a PhD geneticist and a veterinarian. All of your dogs and results will be kept in your secure online account, so that you have access to your reports at anytime.  Any leftover DNA is saved for you, at no charge, should you need further testing in the future.

Participants at the show will receive special show discounts that will save you up ...

Paw Print Genetics will be at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs Annual Dog Show

Paw Print Genetics will be at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs Annual Dog Show

Paw Print Genetics is heading to Palm Springs, California to attend the Kennel Club of Palm Springs Annual Dog Show.  We will be onsite Thursday, January 5th - Sunday, January 8th.  We will be placing orders at the show, so please come prepared with your dog’s information and we will be happy to assist you.  

Paw Print Genetics offers the largest selection of inherited diseases for more than 350 breeds of dog. You can order single tests including tests for diseases, coat colors and traits or order your breed-specific panel.  We offer the most comprehensive testing options in the industry. Click here to search for available tests in your breed.

With the highest standards in canine genetic testing, Paw Print Genetics will examine each mutation region twice with two independent methods. Your results will be reviewed by and signed out by both a PhD geneticist and a veterinarian. All of your dogs and results will be kept in your secure online account, so that you have access to your reports at anytime.  Any leftover DNA is saved for you, at no charge, should you need further testing in the future.

Participants at the show will receive special show discounts ...