I was watching the news out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when a 9-month old Miniature Poodle caught my eye. This cute little guy's name is Baxter and he is cloned.
A Brief History of Cloning
About 20 years ago, the news was all about Dolly, the first cloned sheep. She was born in Scotland and died there at the age of 6 after having 6 lambs herself. At that time, there was a lot of discussion about the life expectancy of a cloned animal. Since then the process of cloning has been improved by cloning more livestock.
Do You Want to Extend the Special Bond You Share With Your Pets?
According to ViaGen Pets, pet parents are looking for a way to keep that pet that has something special about them.
I perused the client stories to see if there was a common theme. There is a mixture of dogs and cats. This is what I discovered…
Pros of Cloning Your Pet
- I learned that you can have more than one clone of the same dog.
- Clients are looking to have a puppy twin of mixed-breed dogs that they would not be able to duplicate in any other way.
- Clients want to have the presence of the same pet that got them through rough times.
- Clients are looking for an animal with the same spirit and bad habits as the one they have.
- A cloned pet shares the same identical genes, just like natural identical twins do.
Cons of Cloning Your Pet
- The puppies will be the same sex as the donor but may have different markings due to epigenetic factors and
- The puppies will have different personalities and behavior due to environmental factors.
- Cloning is a 3-step process starting with tissue banking then genetic preservation.
- Cost to clone a dog is $50,000, paid in two equal installments.
- Cost to clone a cat is $25,000, paid in two equal installments.
How Long Can You Wait Before Cloning Your Pet?
The client stories reveal that Bosworth's genes have been banked with ViaGen Pets since 2004. Heath, the Agility champion Border Collie, is still alive. His DNA has been stored with ViaGen for almost 6 years.
What To Expect From Cloning Until Birth
Births follow the usual gestation period of the pet. The veterinary staff does everything possible to deliver a healthy pet but as with any other breeding, there is no guarantee that the pet will be born healthy or without deformities.
You can learn more by watching the broadcast from Pittsburgh here:
What are your thoughts on cloning your pet? Would you do it? Why? Why not?
With love, compassion and empowerment,