FAQ & Resources
Can I order Basepaws screening tests for my veterinary hospital?
Yes! Our feline and canine tests are available to veterinarians through our veterinary distribution partner. For more information please contact us.
Does Basepaws Veterinary provide support or interpretation guidance?
Basepaws Veterinary offers complementary genetic counseling and support to veterinarians. Our clinical interpretation guides also make understanding a patient's report easy. You can request a consult by contacting us.
Clinical interpretation guides are available to download and view inside your Basepaws Veterinary "Vet Portal" or by request.
What does the Basepaws Veterinary report include?
Each report includes a breed analysis and detailed DNA health marker report. Depending on which species (canine or feline) is tested, the number of health markers will vary. For more information about the number of markers and a complete list of all markers in each test, visit the product pages for feline or canine, or contact us.
Oral microbiome tests include a risk-assessment for dental conditions: periodontal disease and tooth resorption. An added category, feline gingivostomatitis, currently in clinical trials will be added soon!
What is the expected turnaround time for a genetic or oral microbiome test report?
Once the lab receives the sample, results are available to be viewed in your vet portal in approximately 4-6 weeks. You can check on the status of each sample by logging into your vet portal.
How will I receive my patient's report?
When you create an account with Basepaws Veterinary you will receive access to our Vet Portal. This easy to navigate portal is where you will register your patients' samples before mailing and see sample status and view reports.
Where are the samples processed?
The Basepaws Veterinary lab is located in Torrance, California, U.S.
How does Baespaws validate their tests?
An important part of the scientific process is to establish whether innovative research findings are consistent with previous studies. At Basepaws, we participate in this process to see if and how the patterns emerging from our data relate to already published research. This allows us to place our research within the context of the current state of knowledge in feline genetics, as well as identify knowledge gaps that will generate new questions and drive future research.
What's the technology behind your tests?
Basepaws tests rely on low-pass whole genome sequencing (WGS) and computational imputation, as opposed to DNA microarray technology.
Next Generation Amplicon Sequencing (NGS) is the method Basepaws uses to obtain high-depth information beyond the capacity of traditional DNA sequencing technologies.
The Basepaws oral microbiome tests use shotgun metagenomic sequencing, a method that allows us to capture complete genomes of most microorganisms, not restricting us to only bacteria.
For more detailed information about the science behind the test visit the "innovators' section under Why Basepaws Veterinary, or contact us.
What kind of research is Basepaws doing?
Basepaws addresses key unmet needs in pet health by tapping into the experience, knowledge, and passion of pet parents, veterinarians, scientists, and pet health professionals. The quality of our research is strengthened by the diversity of data that we collect across our clinical and citizen science research programs.
We are currently collaborating with research products in key clinical areas:
- Atopic & Food Allergic Dermatitis
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Feline Stomatitis & Tooth Resorption
- GI Lymphoma
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Periodontal Disease
Other areas of interest and research include:
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
- Idiopathic Cystitis
- Oxalate & Struvite Urolithiasis
Why should I add DNA testing to my practice?
There are several benefits to adding genetic testing to your veterinary practice:
- Add value to wellness programs
- Improve efficiency of patient visits
- Increase adherence to recommendations
- Grow revenue opportunities with further diagnostics, pharmacy, & other categories.
- Meet client demands for personalized care
What revenue opportunities exist with genetic testing?
Basepaws genetic screening tests can help your practice realize revenue through:
- Actionable items that expand targeted diagnostics including laboratory, ultrasound, dental prophys and more.
- Increased patient visits for medical progress checks, medication & diet management, and virtual care.
- Increased client compliance and adherence to recommendations which can bolster pharmacy and retail revenues
- Support additional patient consults with veterinary specialists if necessary.
Take a RACE-approved CE Course
Learn the basics of pet genetics and the latest research in genomics and the oral microbiome. Check out courses on dental disease, chronic kidney disease and other clinically relevant topics, delivered by veterinary specialists.
All courses are free of charge and on-demand.
Demystifying Pet Genetics
How early detection and knowledge of risk factors are revolutionizing preventive care in veterinary medicine.
Presented by: Ernie Ward, DVM, CVFT
Analysis of the Oral Microbiome: a diagnostic/prognostic tool
Early detection for dental disease, utilizing screening tools such as oral microbiome testing can improve the prognosis of felines with dental disease.
Presented by Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVCD, DABVP (canine & feline)
Personalizing Our Approach to Feline Chronic Kidney Disease
Incorporating oral microbiome testing along with traditional diagnostics can elevate patient care by improving prediction of CKD and management of patient health over time.
Presented by Ginger Templeton, DVM, MS
Dr. Jan Bellows talks with Dr. Adam Chrisman about the oral microbiome and the future of veterinary dentistry.
Dr. Kash Kuruppu talks with Dr. Adam Chrisman about tools for predicting underlying and future dental disease.