Sample Collection and Shipping

Submitting Samples for Genetic Testing

Paw Print Genetics can perform our testing on a variety of different sample types. Select a sample type from the menu on the left to get detailed instructions for collecting, preparing, and returning your sample.

Once received by the laboratory, your results will be available within 14 days. If you have questions about submitting one of these sample types or would like to submit a sample type not listed, please contact us to discuss further.

Shipping Your Samples

Mail your samples back to our lab using one of the following addresses:

  • For shipments via USPS
  • Paw Print Genetics
  • PO Box 28250
  • Spokane, WA 99228-8250
  • USA
  • For overnight and 2 day shipments via (FedEx, UPS, USPS, etc.)
  • Paw Print Genetics
  • 220 E. Rowan, Suite 220
  • Spokane, WA 99207
  • USA

Shipping Policy

If desired, Paw Print Genetics will supply our US customers with one complimentary cheek swab kit for each dog ordered. If kits are desired, each order from our US customers will also contain one complimentary return shipping envelope. For US customers who did not upgrade the shipping, this return envelope will also include prepaid first class shipping. For US customers who have upgraded their shipping, the return envelope will include prepaid shipping for either priority or express shipping as paid for by the customer.

Any additional kits and shipping envelopes are the responsibility of the customer. Canadian customers may request kits during the order process, but the cost of shipping is the responsibility of the customer. In addition, all international customers will be required to return their swabs to our laboratory at their cost.

Expedited shipping will not be refunded or credited once kits have been shipped. Paw Print Genetics is not responsible for shipping delays caused by the United States Postal Service.

Veterinary Verification

Veterinary verification is an optional and voluntary program offered by Paw Print Genetics that allows you to confirm the identity of your dog by having a veterinarian collect the sample(s) and verify a permanent identifier for that dog (microchip number or tattoo). Having a verified sample may provide your puppy buyers extra assurance that the test results they receive belong to the correct dog.

There is no additional charge from Paw Print Genetics to add a veterinary verification to your report or certificates, however, your veterinarian may charge you for collecting your dog or puppy's sample(s).

You can verify your dog with any sample type that we currently accept. Please review our instructions for collecting and submitting your sample type by clicking the appropriate link in the menu at the top-left of this page.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact us to discuss further.

To get veterinary verification for your dog(s), please do the following:

  1. Place an order for one of our many testing options.
  2. Download and print a copy of our Veterinary Verification form for each dog you wish to verify:
    • Go to your 'My Dogs' page
    • Find the dog to verify, then click the 'View Details and Results' button
    • On the following page, click the Forms tab
    • Click the link to 'Download/Print a Veterinary Verification form'
    • Your dog will need a permanent identifier, either a microchip number or tattoo, before their sample can be veterinary verified.
  3. Take the Veterinary Verification form with your dog to your veterinarian.
  4. Prior to collecting your dog's sample, have your veterinarian verify either your dog's microchip number or tattoo.
  5. Have the veterinarian collect your dog's sample, then fill out and sign the Veterinary Verification form.
  6. Return your sample accompanied by the signed Veterinary Verification form.
The Veterinary Verification form must be complete, signed, and accompany each sample to be verified. Forms sent separately from a dog's sample, incomplete, or missing a signature will not be considered veterinary verified with no exception.