Wisdom Health, a provider of genetic testing services for pets, has announced its plans to conduct a pet census in 2020.
The proposed Pet Census, scheduled to be conducted in tandem with the United States Census Bureau‘s own census, is intended to provide insight into the sizes, breeds, and lifestyles of pets living in the United States. In addition to the collection of survey data, Wisdom Health also plans to use data collected from its Wisdom Panel genetic testing service to provide a wider understanding of the pet population in the United States.
“The insights from the Pet Census, together with genetic information from Wisdom Panel, will help advance the healthcare of the Nation’s cats and dogs. We’re also hoping a genetic portrait of our nation’s pets will lead to greater awareness of which breeds are predisposed to certain complex health conditions such as gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) or skin allergies (atopy), along with the genetic disorders found in the Wisdom Panel array of tests.”
— Angela Hughes, DVM PhD, Veterinary Geneticist, Wisdom Health
The Pet Census is scheduled to begin later this year, with results expected in 2020.
For more information about the 2020 Pet Census or its predecessor, the 2010 National Mutt Census, visit Wisdom Panel