What to Expect

Blood Draw

Once a year, you should take your pet in for a check-up.  This will include a full physical exam, and screening bloodwork or imaging if needed.  Our veterinarian will check the health of your pet from head to tail. Bring in any medical history you have: It's best to keep a journal of your pet's health throughout his or her life, including behavioral changes.  If you have something like this, share it with our team.  If not, let us know everything that you think will be important.  In some circumstances, Dr. Kaufman will refer you to a specialist who has advanced expertise in areas such as ophthalmology, internal medicine or surgery. 

DNA testing comparison


We tested our dog, Bowie (shown here), with two popular DNA testing kits, Royal Canin’s Genetic Health Analysis (RC is the same group as the Wisdom panel tests) and Embark. Royal Canin requires a blood draw, and Embark utilizes a cheek swab.

Bowie is a mutt for sure--fun to guess his breed mix but probably a fool’s errand.  And this makes him a challenging case for DNA testing. We had guessed Lab and Finnish Spitz. But we were pleased to see that, essentially, the two panels gave pretty much the same results:

Both tests said his grandparents were Pitt Bull and Staffordshire Terrier, Labrador Retriever, and Border Collie/Australian Cattle dog.

The only difference was that Royal Canin emphasized some long-haired Dachshund, and Embark identified Poodle and a bit of Pekenese. And Supermutt!

Embark’s ancestry analysis might be a little more thorough, and they include the concept of the “Supermutt” which is a robust mix of Collie, Chow, Dachshund and German Shepherd found in many dogs due to those breed’s popularity in the past.

We thought you’d like to know!

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