Why do I need to wait for an hour?

Like human forensic DNA profiling, the dog DNA Protected test targets specific regions of the DNA called Short Tandem Repeats (STR) markers.  The STR tests used in a forensic laboratory are designed to be species specific.  So, for example the dog STRs do not produce a result from human DNA, just as the human STRs do not produce a result from dog DNA.

However, if a dog’s mouth swab is contaminated with DNA from another species (such as the chicken, sheep or cattle meat found in some dog food) it can make the laboratory analysis more difficult.  Also, if a mouth swab is taken from a very young puppy that has recently been fed by its mother, the DNA in the mother’s milk could interfere with the test result.  This is why we request that buccal samples are taken at least an hour after your dog has eaten.

Other FAQs

How does the DNA Protected service work?

Can I take the sample myself?

Is there a lower age limit for taking a DNA swab?

Why do I need to wait for an hour?

Will DNA Protected give me an indication of my dog's breed?

Will it give me an indication of any health problems/genetic diseases?

Who holds my data/what data is held and who is it shared with?

Who holds the database, what will it be used for and who will have access to it?

Can I get a copy of my dog’s DNA profile?

What happens if I move or the ownership of the dog changes or if my dog dies?

Has the technology been used and accepted in court?

What happens if my dog is stolen or lost?

How long does testing take?

How will dogs be identified using the Forensic Dog DNA Database?

Is the DNA Protected service accredited?

What are the chances of identical twins within a litter?

What’s in the DNA Protected sampling kit?

Is there a discount for breeders or organisations with multiple dogs?

I haven’t received my report, what should I do?

Don't forget our customer services team are on hand to provide any help and assistance you might need. Please don't hesitate to call us, our friendly and experienced advisers will be pleased to answer any questions you might have about our services.