VCA Raleigh Hills Animal Hospital

DNA Breed Testing

Do you have a mixed breed dog?

Around half of the dogs in America are mixed breed which leaves many owners guessing their dog’s breed makeup. Knowing your dog’s breed can help answer questions about their health, appearance and behavioral characteristics. Some dog breeds are more prone to different types of diseases. For instance, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels’ are prone to Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) and Dobermans’ are prone to Cervical Vertebral Instability also known as Wobbler Syndrome. Using Wisdom Panel MX your dogs breed can be determined with a simple blood test.







                  Pixel's Story


Dr. Carol Helfer adopted Pixel from a shelter in Idaho 2 years ago. Pixel weighs around 20lbs and has one blue eye and one brown to go with her red, white and merle coloring. She is determined and incredibly energetic and really could run for hours. Pixel would be an amazing agility dog if she paid less attention to the other dogs. With Pixel’s odd coloring Carol was curious to know what her genetic makeup was. Here are a few of our staff's guesses:

  • Kelpie
  • Sheltie
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Cattle Dog

After sending in a small sample of Pixel’s blood, we waited patiently for results. The test usually takes about 2-4 weeks. Drum roll please . . . .
Pixel’s DNA showed 50% Cardigan Welsh Corgi & the remaining 50% was a combination of more than 3 breeds . . .Pixel is a mixed, mixed breed! Carol was astonished but, after further consideration and comparison with Zoe, another Cardigan Welsh Corgi (shown above), she could see some  similarities.You can find more images of Pixel along with her DNA Test results by clicking through the images above.

Stay tuned for more DNA test results!


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.