Make Your Own Dog
DNA Collection Kit
We can send you testing materials, but if you don’t want to wait—DIY instead!
Make Your Own Kit Tips
If you want to make your own kit, we suggest using sterile cotton swabs with plastic handles. IMPORTANT: We do not accept samples on cytol brushes or sponge applicators. Follow instructions below carefully, and if you have questions, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] and one of our Pets & Vets experts will be happy to help you as soon as possible.
Puppies: Cheek-swab samples can be collected from dogs of any age, even nursing puppies. To prevent nursing puppies from having milk in their mouths, separate them from the mother for about 30 minutes prior to swabbing.
Prevent contamination: Avoid swabbing the dog if it has recently eaten and has food or debris in its mouth. If the swabs look dirty after you collect the sample, they may be contaminated. Let the dog drink some water and wait about 20 minutes before swabbing the dog again.