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The Pet Doctor, Your Pet Health Matters on PetLifeRadio.comBernadine D. Cruz, DVM, host of The Pet Doctor

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We Have Designs on your Dog

Dr. Angela Hughes l on Pet Life Radio........

..Dr. Angela Hughes .............................


If your Chestie and Rotterman were playing with a Bascottie and a Rattle and a Bo-Chi and Wheagle were watching, would you be concerned or would you even know what I was talking about?  No, I'm not speaking a pigeon English, I was describing several designer dogs.  A Chestie is a Chihuahua  and  West Highland White Terrier mix, a Rotterman... Doberman Pinscher and Rottweiler, Bascottie... Basset Hound and Scottish Terrier.  What do you think a Rattle is?  American Rat Terrier and Poodle.  Bo-Chi... Boston Terrier and Chihuahua, and a Wheagle... Beagle and Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier.

We used to call them mutts.  Now they have their own registry, the International Designer Canine Registry, and hefty price tags to their acquisition.  How would you determine your dog's lineage?  Does it even matter?  My guest, veterinary geneticist from Mars Animal Health, Dr. Angela Hughes will give us the details behind the science of DNA testing for dogs.

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Dr. Hughes serves as Veterinary Geneticist for Mars Veterinary and has developed a new analysis to genetically align potential breeding dogs called Optimal Selection™. She is also involved in several canine genetics studies and on-going development of the Wisdom Panel™ canine ancestry tests. Dr. Hughes received her DVM and PhD in genetics from the University of California, Davis. Following completion of a veterinary genetics residency, Dr. Hughes held an associate clinical professor position at the UC Davis VMTH. She also has been published in multiple academic publications including JAVMA and has contributed chapters for publication in Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice: Pediatrics and Large Animal Internal Medicine 4th Ed. Dr. Hughes’ special interests include small animal and equine genetics and small animal reproduction and pediatrics.

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