Back in Feb '21, dog theft in the UK had reached epic levels. It was all over the news; BBC, newspapers, social media. We learned that thieves were taking microchips out of dogs using scanners, so that the dog lost it's ID and became untraceable, before the thieves cashed in.
We - like any dog owners - were horrified.
So, we spoke to Police and Crime Prevention bodies and created the UK's first Dog DNA Register. The Dogs (DNA Databases) Bill was passed in Parliament in the Summer. Now Police can (and do) swab dog saliva when they recover stolen dogs. Safehaus provide the service for free to Police.
This means you get your dog back if it is positively identified. A thief can never change your dog's ID. That's why it works - and that's why it's worth doing.
It is important to know who does what best for your dog. Vets are there to diagnose and help cure most ills, including arthritis, diabetes and so on. However, there are many genetic diseases that vets just cannot diagnose, and will through no fault of their own, do their best to figure out what is wrong with your dog, such as going through skin scraping, bacterial culture, fungal culture and biopsy prior to getting a diagnosis. All at a cost to you, not to mention the otherwise-avoidable stress and heartache in between. Whereas proactive genetic testing combined with the clinical signs would give them conclusive evidence of the underlying condition.
What you see here for your dog are the known genetic diseases that affect the breed. Once you have the results if your dog is affected or a carrier of the disease, you can send the report to your vet, to help put together a care plan.
Note: Test results are 99.9% accurate, and a full Vet-level breakdown is provided for you.
In a word yes, though if you feel you might struggle yourself then we do allow someone else to be named as the sampler. This could be a friend, family member or a vet. Also remember you don't need to open the dog's teeth. Just rub the swab inside the cheeks and on the gum.
Yes of course. These are ideal caring presents for dog owners. As long as we are informed of the legal owner when the pack is activated, then we're all good. It's a great caring and thoughtful present for any loving dog owner.
No Safehaus do not offer any dog breed test products as we know them to be both inaccurate and in the main kind of pointless! You know if you have a Labrador right? We only provide proper services that will improve dog health dog security or dog walker safety, as they make more of a difference.
Absolutely. Once you swab your dog we give you a short period of time to upgrade and pay the difference, often at a discounted rate. However after we've started working on the sample, and extra test would need to be re-run, so the full cost would apply then.
The work and database management of Safehaus meet the rigorous standards as set by Policing Standards, Secured By Design and Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, which include certification to the international recognised ISO standard for laboratory operations. We allow the Police or other investigators to search any dog DNA profile against those on our database in order to reunite a recovered dog with its rightful owner