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Cheek Swab

  • Use two collection swabs for each animal.

  • Label collection swabs with animal's name, name of the owner, date of sampling.

  • Open sampling swab – do not touch the end of the swab.

  • Do not touch anything with the end of the collection swab apart from animal’s mouth mucosa or the inside of sterile packing.

  • Hold collection swab by the handle; insert collection swab in animal’s mouth onto mucosa (between teeth and cheeks). USE ROTARY MOVEMENT TO RUB THE COLLECTION SWAB AGAINST CHEEK MUCOSA FOR 30 SECONDS. Press with your hand onto an outer side of the animal cheek in order to increase the drag of collection swab between cheek and gums. This will increase the yield of the cells needed for genetic testing.


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  • Let swabs dry on air for a few seconds (do not blow into swab)

  • Insert collection swab into a sterile packing and repeat the procedure with the second collection swab on the other cheek.

  • Insert both collection swabs and order form into an envelope and send.


Cheek swab in puppies

Taking cheek swabs in puppies younger than 8 weeks (before weaning) is not recommended due to the possibility of cross contamination between mother and puppies or puppies within the same litter. In case of receiving cheek swab sample from such animals it will be sender’s sole responsibility for a risk of incorrect results. We strongly advice to send blood samples from animals that are still suckling.


Preparation before taking cheek swabs

  • Animal intended for sampling should not eat at least 1 hour before sampling. This is important because it reduces the risk of contamination.

  • Animal should be isolated from other animals, toys or other potential sources of oral contamination at least several hours (recommended at least one day). This prevents possible contamination of sample with biological material from other animals.

  • Before sampling check the mouth of the animal for food particles or any other particles. If present, remove the contaminants by rinsing and wait for at least 1 hour.

  • Person who is taking samples should avoid the contact of inner mouth of the animal. Use of latex gloves will reduce the risk of contamination.

  • If more than one animal is sampled, the person doing sampling should clean its hands before each new sampling or if using gloves change them with fresh pair.

  • Do not let the collection swabs to come into contact with any other surface other than mouth mucosa. If doing more than one sampling take extreme caution not to come into contact with material from other animal or its samples.

  • Prepare a clean surface where you can put the sampling swab after sampling.

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