Paw Print Genetics will ship a collection kit containing one of our preferred swabs directly to you if you are ordering from within the United States or Canada. Kits shipped from Paw Print Genetics include labels with all of the relevant information for each dog, conveniently providing you with appropriate sample identification and sample tracking.International Clients
Paw Print Genetics accepts cheek swabs purchased from a variety of venders so long as they meet the following criteria:
- A minimum of three swabs per dog.
- Swabs have a cotton, polyester, nylon or brush-type (histobrush or cytobrush) tip.
- The swab is not contained in transport or sterile media.
Although we have successfully extracted sufficient DNA from a variety of the most common, commercially available collection kits, there is a risk that certain swab types which have not been validated by our laboratory will perform poorly and may require a new sample.
Careful adherence to the Cheek Swab Sample Collection Instructions is the most critical element to obtaining the best possible sample regardless of the swab type used and will help minimize the possibility of failure due to variability in the collection kits.
To do this, simply use at least three swabs on your dog, one at a time. For each swab, insert between the cheek and gum, press gently to the outside, rub and roll for a slow count of 30. Repeat with the other swabs.
Kits from Paw Print Genetics will include a swab attached to a tube containing a purple DNA stabilization solution and two labels. After you swab your dog, you will unscrew the cap and place the swab into the solution, tighten the cap and invert 10 times. You will then affix the labels to the swab tube and the outer sleeve. Please contact us if you have any questions about the following detailed instructions.