February 16, 2008

Preserve your pets, clone them later

From the ViaGen Website:
ViaGen will gladly gene bank your pet using our CryoSure™ service, for a cost of $1500. Once you place an order, we will ship a refrigerated biopsy kit to your veterinarian, and your veterinarian will return the kit to us with small biopsy samples taken from your pet.

We recommend that you gene bank your pet while it's living, but under certain circumstances you can also gene bank a deceased pet.

ViaGen has no plans to provide commercial cat or dog cloning services. However, we're equipped to provide the highest-quality gene banking services for pets. Once you have preserved your pet's genes, they will remain available for many years. If another company offers cat or dog cloning services in the future, we can transfer your pet's genes to that company for cloning.

If Your Pet Has Died

It's possible to gene bank a pet post-mortem. If you wish to do so, here are some important things you should know:

You have only five days post-mortem to gene bank your pet. ViaGen is not open on weekends or holidays, and you may encounter delays scheduling a biopsy procedure with your veterinarian. Therefore, diligence will be required on your part to meet the five-day deadline.

If your pet has been deceased for one or two days and you live in the USA, take the following actions: refrigerate but don't freeze your pet. Call your veterinarian and schedule an immediate biopsy procedure. Call us toll-free at 888-8VIAGEN to place an order.

If your pet has been deceased for three or four days and you live in the USA, there probably won't be time for us to ship a biopsy kit to your veterinarian, have a biopsy procedure performed, and deliver your pet's biopsy samples to us within five days of death. Please call us toll-free at 888-8VIAGEN so we may discuss your options with you.

We do not accept gene banking orders from outside the USA at this time.


Anonymous said...

The 6th day anyone?

Unknown said...

Hi there

I would like to gene bank my 15 year old Weimaraner before she passes even though it is likely we may never want to clone her in our life time. We would like to preserve her genes in case we do or if one of our 3 children would like to. She has been a beloved pet and our children have expressed a desire to have her clone as their pet when they are ready.

I understand there are many against this, and as a consequence, not all vets will be happy to perform the biopsy.

I would just like to know if there is a vet in the Charlotte area who would be prepared to perform the necessary procedure?

Many thanks