Think of how much you love your dog and what price you would pay to keep Fido with you for longer than one “dog’s age.” In Texas, there is a company that can fulfill your wishes. They can successfully clone your best friend.
According to the company Viagen Pets, veterinarians provide a cloning process that a dog owner can be confident is safe, and the pet’s DNA is not altered in any way. In other words, one can expect their pet’s genetic twin to live a normal, healthy and happy life just like any other pet. Using a donor egg, a pet’s previously frozen cell (which comes from a skin sample) can produce an embryo which is then implanted into a surrogate female animal.
“Long-term storage of cells can also ensure access to future cell-based therapy options that don’t yet exist. A simple biopsy from your pet, performed by your veterinarian, is all that is required to get started.”
After a normal pregnancy, an identical genetic twin is born. The entire process takes about six-to-seven months. “It’s not science fiction,” states Melain Rodriguez, a manager at the company. The Chicago Tribune reports the company has been doing this for more than 15 years and has successfully cloned cattle, horses, pigs, sheep and of course dogs and cats.
Cloning is a costly process; for a dog the price is $50,000. A cat is only $25,000, but even with these prices the company reports it has a waiting list, and it doesn’t include professional breeders. The American Kennel Club does not recognize cloned dogs. Most of the clients are just regular people who love or loved their pets so much, they are willing to pay anything to keep them, and a cloned version being so similar with the same genetic makeup is wonderful.
Viagen Pets promise the cloned version will act just like a “normal dog.” He’ll probably chew your shoes when he’s a puppy, want to go for a walk when you’re comfortable in bed and be there at the door to kiss you with those beloved slobbery kisses when you return home after a long, rough day. Oh, how we love our dogs!
(Photo of dog clone via Viagen Facebook)
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