DNA Test

Your Cat’s DNA Can Help Scientists Better Understand Feline Diabetes

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This is a sponsored guest post by Carolina Gonzales, R&D Coordinator at Basepaws*

Did you know that diabetes in cats has increased by 18% over the past ten years, and one out of every 230 cats is affected by feline diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot properly produce or respond to the hormone insulin. This results in elevated levels of the sugar glucose, which is the body’s main source of energy. Continue Reading

Your Cat’s DNA Can Help Scientists Better Understand Chronic Kidney Disease

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This is a sponsored guest post by Carolina Gonzales, R&D Coordinator at Basepaws*

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major feline health issue affecting approximately one in 30 cats. It often goes undiagnosed until the illness reaches a more advanced stage. The set of signs and symptoms of CKD are caused by a progressive degeneration of functional kidney tissue. Although we do not know the exact cause of CKD, the disease progression can be slowed down with proper care and your cat can live a happy life. The challenges associated with CKD diagnosis and timely management make clear the urgent need to provide accessible and affordable testing options that screen for CKD in cats and can help early diagnosis of the disease.Continue Reading

Basepaws Christmas Sale: Up to $100 Off DNA Tests and Free Toy With Every Order

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For the entire month of December, Basepaws is offering deep discounts on their Breed and Health Test, Dental Health Test  and Whole Genome Sequencing test. While it may seem a bit odd to think of a DNA test as a holiday gift, it’s really a gift for both you and your cat. It will tell you about your cat’s genetic make up and identify potential health issues so you can be proactive about them. Continue Reading

Your Senior Cat Can Help Discover the Genetics Behind Feline Longevity

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This is a sponsored guest post by Carolina Gonzales, R&D Coordinator at Basepaws*

Basepaws, a leading innovator in pet biotechnology, is committed to research and discovering new knowledge that will help veterinary professionals provide better care for their patients. We are developing a unique category of screening tools that combines genomic, microbiome and health history data to identify pre-clinical indicators associated with health-related outcomes.Continue Reading

DNA Testing Can Tell You About Your Cat’s Health and Genetic Makeup and Help Advance Science

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Have you ever wondered about your cat’s genetic background? Maybe you’d like to learn more about which breeds make up your rescue cat? Maybe you’re curious about whether or not her coat color influences her personality? DNA Testing can do all that. More importantly, it can identify genetic health conditions so you can be proactive about preventing them from manifesting. Having a DNA test done on your cat not only benefits you and your cat, it can also contribute to our scientific understanding of the feline genome and thus improve the health of all cats.Continue Reading

Basepaws Whole Genome Sequencing: Your Cat’s Complete Genetic Information

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I previously introduced you to the Basepaws Breed and Health DNA Test and their new Dental Health Kit. Now Basepaws is elevating feline genetic testing to a whole new level. Their Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is the most comprehensive method for analyzing entire genomes. This test provides your cat’s complete, future-proof genetic information, yielding roughly 10,000 times more raw data than other DNA tests.Continue Reading

Basepaws Dental Health Test

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It is estimated that 50-90% of all adult cats have dental health problems, with periodontal disease being the number one culprit. The good news is that most dental conditions are preventable and treatable, if caught early.

The only way dental disease can be diagnosed definitively is via a thorough oral exam by your cat’s veterinarian. By the time your cat shows typical warning signs, dental disease may already be in its advanced stages.Continue Reading

Get $40 Off a Basepaws Breed and Health DNA Test

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Basepaws is offering a $40 discount on their test kit to celebrate Mother’s Day and cat moms everywhere! I sure wouldn’t have thought of a DNA test kit as a Mother’s Day gift, but if you or your mom have been thinking about this, this is a great time to do it. If you order by April 30, the kit will be delivered in time for Mother’s Day. Continue Reading