Many of the health risks to your dog come directly from his or her DNA. Most people know that hip dysplasia is inherited but there are hundreds of other diseases that also have their roots in the genes a dog inherited from its parents. Many of these can be tested for, some can be prevented and others should be diagnosed and treated early for the best prognosis. Here at Best Friends Veterinary Center, we incorporate screening for breed-associated risks into your dog’s overall health management plan. Just as we check for intestinal parasites or heartworms we can test for genetic diseases as well, with DNA tests and a variety of other diagnostic methods. Breed-specific healthcare can have a huge impact on your dog’s longevity and quality of life.