This is one of the main concerns of most pet owners who have their offspring in their home.
Whether it will be possible to successfully implement the kids, whether they will not have unpleasant diseases. Whether friends who are looking forward to the birth of their future Pets will be satisfied.
Whether there will be complaints from unfamiliar customers over time: some hereditary vices make themselves felt with age.
Genetic problems can be overcome
Undoubtedly, it is very difficult to avoid this sentence, but it is possible. Fortunately, not only perseverance, patience, and sometimes courage will be required in this exciting fight.
In the end, scientific interest, excitement, and creative inspiration also come: will it be possible to defeat nature?!
Everyone has their own interests
Different owners have their own goals for keeping animals. And so there is a different degree of concern for their fate. When there is only one pet in the house, they only worry about its health and well-being. It is another matter when the problem may affect the next generations.
Here is the responsibility for the purity of the breed, and an important economic interest of the owners. For many of them it is a source of formation of the household budget. In any case, there is a need to protect descendants from potential hereditary defects.
How to prevent transmission of genetic abnormalities
Before purchasing a pet, it is advisable to perform the following tasks:
- collect the most complete data on the main hereditary predispositions of the breed to which your future pet belongs;
- ask about these negative features of the owner from whom you intend to purchase the animal.
His frankness will serve him well. Hidden information can sooner or later reveal itself at the most inopportune moment, alienating potential buyers.
And it is easier to deal with large-scale problems by joint efforts: silence only makes them worse;
- if possible, make standard laboratory tests for the presence of genetic diseases in your pet.
The money spent will return a hundredfold to a healthy happy life of a four-legged member of your family;
- make the right selection of pairs for your pet when they reach the “age of majority”.
Knowing about its potential risks will help you avoid many mistakes. The “family tree” of his partner should be free from those vices and diseases that may be present in your animal in the form of hidden recessive genes.
If you do not have long-term breeding projects, these recommendations are enough;
- use this strategy as the main one in your next mating planning.
This is the opposite, if you are serious enough about the future. This strategy allows for the alternate presence of hidden “harmful” genes of different genetic abnormalities on one parent side, and strictly rejects their presence on the other side.
The main task is to prevent the concentration of lethal recessive factors in the descendants of your pet in a double copy, which both the father and mother could pass on to them.
And in a single set, most animals (as well as humans) always have some harmful hereditary inclinations, alas, whether we want it or not;
- apply close inbreeding.
The best way to avoid passing on genetic defects from parents to their offspring is to completely get rid of the genes that form them. Forever.
All previous events were preparatory for the decisive battle with negative heredity.
The last, most effective step should be taken by someone who has decided to breed Pets for a long time and seriously.
Inbreeding is the best remedy for genetic diseases
To find out once and for all what hereditary deviations nature “awarded” your Pets, you need to pair relatives with each other. Those who are in the closest relationship: according to the principle of “a wedge is knocked out by a wedge”.
As a result, in one litter you will get absolutely diverse offspring, namely:
- one or two animals with genetic and physiological disorders.
This will be a “risk group” that will manifest itself clearly, immediately – instead of appearing unexpectedly, at the most inopportune moment of an uncertain future.
Breeders who bravely take risks will have to part with these few carriers of the genetic cargo without regret. They have a special “mission”: to free their fellow humans from all potential troubles forever;
- part of ordinary kids, quite healthy, who will not differ in anything special from their ancestors.
These are the owners of ordinary genotypes of ordinary animals. They will not get a double load of lethal genes, or double the “Golden capital” of their parents;
- two or three descendants of harmoniously built, strong, healthy, with excellent development, which can not be compared to any of their parents.
This is the ultimate goal of your efforts. Such record holders will never give a single descendant with hereditary diseases. They will be the “Golden potential” of your nursery, the Foundation of the foundations, long and steadily transmitting outstanding features to all their followers.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.