FAQs

You can view our FAQs below. If you have a question that is not covered please contact us.

Ordering process

Which tests are available for my breed?

All our tests, excluding parentage analysis, are available to order through out website. To locate the tests for your breed click the “order now” button on the home page.button-2

Then select the first letter of your breed name. This will then show you a list of all the tests available for your breed.

Please note that breeds are under the first letter of there full title e.g. Minature daschunds can be found under “M”.

What is my breed is not listed?

We apologise if your breed does not appear on our list.

If you breed is not listed, this means that we have no specific disease tests available. We can still provide profile/parentage analysis. If you wish us to add your breed please contact us and we will do this for you.

 

Does a DNA profile give information on a dogs breed?

A DNA profile will not give any information on the breed of the dog being testing.

The wisdom panel dog breed analysis test can be used to determine the breed make up of your dog.

The option to order both of these tests appears under each breed, if you are ordering a Wisdom panel to determine the breed make up of your dog you can order this under the most predominate breed ( the one you most recognise) or under cross breed.

 

Why can’t I order parentage testing online

The Animal Health Trust DNA testing service offers parentage testing for dogs.

This cannot currently be ordered online, due to the additional information required to perform this analysis in full.

If you are interested in parentage analysis please click below.

Parentage analysis details

How much does it cost?

The price for different tests can vary, this is due to the different technical methods involved in the analysis.
The price for each test can be found on the breed specific page of the webshop.
To find the price click here and select the first letter of the breed you are interested in.

We aim to price our tests competitively, with any surplus being re-invested into our comprehensive research programme into animal disease and welfare.

We have a number of bundle offers available and through out the year run many several offers. We recommend that you check out our special offers page.

By Buying from the Animal Health Trust DNA testing service, you are helping to support further research in to inherited diseases in dogs.

 

Is there a minimum age my dogs can be tested?

Puppies should be least 4 weeks old and weaned before taking the swab.

Ideally the pups should not have eaten for 2 hours before the swab is taken and have their mouths rinsed with water.

If there are several puppies in a litter and being tested, it is preferable to keep the pups apart while taking the swabs.

The swab sampling kits are stable at room temperature so can be ordered when the pups are younger, ready for use once weaned.

 

Once your order is received we will send you a testing kit.

swab-kit

 

Our Canine DNA tests and profiling  are carried out using non invasive mouth swabs to obtain samples.

A sampling kit will be sent to you when you order, this will contain all you need to supply a sample for testing.

We can only accept swabs issued by the Animal Health Trust Genetic Services department – they are easily identifiable by our logo on the packaging.

Please do not send other swabs which may not be accepted and will delay testing

Our cat PKD test requires 1ml of EDTA blood to be supplied.

 

I have a research kit; can I submit a sample for a DNA test using this?

The requirements for samples are different between the DNA testing service and the research department.
To ensure that we have the correct sample type, quantity and information to process your DNA test promptly. We request that swab kits supplied for research are only used for submitting samples to this group.

Does a Vet have to take the sample?

Whilst we are happy for owners to take swabs themselves, some Kennel clubs and breed clubs have rules in place stating that a vet must take the sample. For this reason please check with your club before you take the sample.

All DNA testing kits are supplied with a section of a vet to complete if they are verifying the identity no additional forms are needed.

NEW 2018 – our results certificates now state if your dogs ID was verified by a vet at the time of sampling.

For the CAT PKD which requires a blood sample, the sample must be taken by a vet.

Taking your dogs swabs for a DNA test

For more information on DNA testing and to see how to take a swab from your dog please see our video

 

How do I update my dogs details once I have placed an order?

Tests can be order with the dogs pet name and date of birth as a minimum.

If you wish to add further details after ordering such as chip number or registered name this can be done 1 of 2 ways.

1. If you have not returned your swabs kit, you can add this information to the order form manually. We request that these annotations are signed and dated.

2. If the kit has been returned to us already. Please email dnatesting@aht.org.uk from the email address logged on your account and request the changes. Please note the more information you can give us about the order you wish to change the quicker we can get these made.

If you are wishing to change ownership of a dog, or have the results sent to a third party this should be done via email.

How long will my results take to come through?

We understand how important the health of your dogs is to you.

With this in mind we aim to get results back to you with in 2 weeks of receiving the sample in our lab.

Please always allow 2-3 days from posting to us receiving the samples, when posted in the UK. Longer if the samples are sent from outside the UK.

All results are reported as soon as they are ready and have been through our QC processes.

It has been more than 2 weeks since I sent my samples back?

On occasion results can take longer than 2 weeks.

All of our samples and results go through a number of Quality Control processes to ensure we are offering you the best and most reliable service possible.

No result is issued if these processes are not satisfied. This means that we may need to repeat the analysis, this is why we ask for 2 swabs.

These repeats are performed at no additional cost to yourself, but may mean a result take a day or 2 longer.

 

How will I receive my test results?

When ordering via the Webshop you can choose how you would like to receive your test results.

The quickest way is by email which will have your certificate attached as a PDF document.
Please be aware that we have found some email providers are spending these emails to spam/junk folder. If you are expecting results via email and these haven’t arrived we advise you check these folders first.

All other orders will receive results by email as above unless specified on the Request for DNA Testing form.

 

I submitted more than one sample for testing but have not received all results together?

We try to get all results to you as soon as possible after samples receipt, and with in the 10 workings we ask you to allow. We send out all results as soon as they have completed QC.

This means that not all results are issued on the same day. Especially where different test are ordered as these may be run at different times.

If you still have results outstanding 10 working days after we have acknowledged receipt of your sample please email dnatesting@aht.org.uk

I have been asked to send another set of samples, why?

If we have requested additional swabs from you, we require these to be able to completed the analysis in full for you.

Our tests are covered by a set of QC procedures that ensure that you can be confident in the results you receive. If at any point a sample fails to meet the requirements of these processes we may request an additional sample from you.

Some reasons for requesting another sample include: Physical damage in the post, insufficient DNA recovered during processing.

If we require an additional sample we will contacted you, giving you information on why a repeat sample is needed and sending a new sampling kit.

The additional swabs are supplied and processed at no extra cost to you.

 

 

Do you report results direct to The Kennel Club.

Please see the following link for all the test results we report directly to The Kennel Club.

Results reported directly to The Kennel Club >>

We also report to other breed societies and international Kennel Clubs, these can be found at our second link.

Breed clubs and societies receiving results >>

For the parentage test, do you need a sample from both parents?

We require samples from the mother, the offspring and all possible fathers.

All pups from a litter should included in the parentage analysis due to the possibility of split litters ( different pups having different fathers).

Parentage analysis is performed on the samples provided and any results given apply only to the puppies tested and the mating details supplied

Further information can be found by clicking below

Parentage analysis

 

 

What do my results mean for an inherited disease tests?

Nearly all the DNA tests we offer for inherited diseases are for recessive conditions. When you are sent your results you will receive one of the results below.

 

CLEAR: These dogs have two copies of the normal gene and will not develop the condition as a result of the mutation we are testing for, although we cannot exclude the possibility they might develop a similar condition due to other causes or the effect of other, unidentified mutations.

CARRIER: these dogs have one copy of the mutation and one normal copy of DNA. These dogs will not develop the condition themselves as a result of the mutation but they will pass the mutation on to approximately 50% of their offspring.

AFFECTED: these dogs have two copies of the mutation causing disease and will almost certainly develop the conditon during their lifetime.

We cannot exclude the possibility that carriers might develop a similar condition due to other mutations they might carry that are not detected by this test.

If you are testing a dog you wish to breed from please see the Breeding possibilities and breeding with carriers posts.

Breeding possibilities

The table found at the link below show the possible outcome of different mating’s depending on the status of the parents, with regards to the causal mutation of a specific inherited condition.
Breeding possibilities >>

 

Please be aware that these percentages will vary in individual litters.

 

Breeding with Carriers

Please see below  for some information from our Head of Canine Genetics, Dr. Cathryn Mellersh about breeding with carriers.
Breeding with carriers >>

Primary Lens Luxation FAQs

The link below list some information and questions about our Primary lens luxation DNA test.

 

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What do I do if I have ordered a test I no longer want?

If you no longer wish to use an ordered test, please contact our customer services team who will arrange for any required refund.

Please note that once a swab kit has been sent out postage is non refundable. See terms and conditions for full details.