We love our pets, especially our dog buddies. The American Pet Products Association reports that Americans spent $103.6 billion on pets in 2020. About one-third of that is spent on vet care and pharmaceutical products for our pets. We want our pets to be healthy and comfortable when they’re sick.
Most of us will outlive our canine pals. The average lifespan a dog is between 8 to 14 years, depending on the breed. Embark Veterinary, Inc. is a genetics startup that is hoping to prevent disease in dogs and extend dog’s lives by up to three years using DNA testing.
How does Embark work?
Embark uses a cheek swab from your dog to test for over 350 breeds, including wolves, coyotes, and dingos. For an additional fee, you can also test for 200+ health issues and physical traits. In about two to four weeks after you send the swab back to Embark, you get an online report that can be printed or downloaded to share with others.
Why use Embark?
It’s estimated that most dog owners spend on average about $400 per doggie per year at the vet. This amount easily increases as your dog ages. With the Embark DNA test, you can take preventative actions to help your dog stay healthy, knowing the likelihood of potential illnesses or issues you may be dealing with. These changes can help your dog live longer and healthier. Embark is a not a substitute for veterinary care.
How successful is Embark?
Embark started in 2015. Brothers Adam and Ryan Boyko founded the company with Spencer Wells, a pioneer in consumer genetics, and Matt Salzberg, Blue Apron founder. They partnered with Cornell University for research. Adam Boyko is a leading canine geneticist and brought his years of research to the product.
Just recently, they raised $75 million in funding, taking their company value to $700 million. Embark is the Official Dog DNA Test of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Check ’em out to make sure your canine bestie lives for as long as they possibly can!