Disclaimer: We received the Genetic Preservation biopsy kit for free from ViaGen Pets in return for our honest review and blog post. All medical procedures were paid for by myself.
Our big day finally came! Time to do our ViaGen Pets genetic preservation biopsy. 🙂
If you have been following our journey, I decided to preserve Bruce Wayne’s fluffy DNA. Why? Long story short would be that I am slightly obsessed with him and always said that if I got another dog, I would want one just like Bruce Wayne in every way. This gives me the best opportunity to one day make turn that dream into a reality. We invite you to follow below as we timeline our big day.
8:00 a.m. – Get Bruce Wayne’s fluffy booty up and moving!
Bruce Wayne likes to sleep in. He is notorious for sleeping in until I wake him up and make him start his day by 10 a.m. He’d sleep in longer if he could. However, since he was having his biopsy performed at 12:30 p.m., I had to get him up earlier so that he could eat, go potty and still have some relaxation time. Since our plan was to only do local anesthesia and not full on sedation, Bruce Wayne was still able to eat breakfast. Also, in case you’re wondering why I woke Bruce Wayne up so early in advance of his appointment, it is because he is the bladder holding king! Unlike most dogs that as soon as they get up in the morning, they go potty, Bruce Wayne does not have that need or desire. Most mornings, he’ll eat and then an hour or two later, he’ll finally go potty.
11:30 a.m. – No more food, treats or water.
When you have your dog or cat’s DNA preserved with ViaGen Pets, be sure to note that your pet will have to have 3 cheek swabs taken, so they must not eat or drink at least one hour prior to the swabbing. Be sure to offer your dog or cat some water right before the hour mark, then take it away so that they are not tempted to drink any until after the biopsy procedure.
12:30 p.m. – Biopsy time!
Luckily, our Veterinarian, Dr. Joe Zulty is as excited to preserve Bruce Wayne’s DNA as we are, so he squeezed us in during the staff’s normal break time so that we would be seen as soon as we came in and finished quickly. Upon arrival, I gave the receptionist the ice packs and vial containers for her to put into the freezer and refrigerator, so that they stayed cold until the very last minute. I met with a Vet Tech and Dr. Zulty to go over any last minute questions I had. While we had planned on only using local anesthesia for the biopsy, Dr. Zulty made a last minute decision to go with a very light sedation since we were sending over 4 tissue samples. Since Bruce Wayne is a small dog, he thought it would be easier and less stressful on Bruce Wayne to go that route. I agreed and off to the back he went.
1:25 p.m. – Update from Dr. Zulty.
Not even 30 minutes after Bruce Wayne went back for the biopsy did Dr. Zulty come out to tell me that all went well. I literally felt like I blinked an eye and he was already done. If your pet has ever had any medical procedures before, you know that it usually takes hours from start to finish for sedation procedures. So, 30 minutes felt like nothing. Dr. Zulty instructed that Bruce Wayne was coming back to from his light sedation and would be out shortly.
1:35 p.m. FedEx carrier coming in with that Flash like speed.
An important part of the biopsy, other than the biopsy itself, is that your Veterinarian’s office package the biopsy correctly and back to the ViaGen Pets lab the same day as the procedure. As shown before and below again for reference, ViaGen does an excellent job of making sure your Veterinarian’s office packs everything in the box correctly. ViaGen also provides you with a return FedEx mailing slip with a phone number to call to have your box picked up the same day. A tip from us, we brought packaging tape with us just in case our Dr. Zulty’s office was out for any reason. You don’t want your package being held up for something so small. I was amazed at how quickly the FedEx driver was there to pick up our package. Maybe he happened to be in the area or maybe not, but it certainly helped relax my anxieties knowing that it was picked up and processed quickly.
1:37 p.m. Sleepy Bruce Wayne comes out to me.
Literally just as the FedEx man was picking up the package, another staff Veterinarian bought Bruce Wayne out to me while Dr. Zulty finished our paperwork. Yes, Bruce Wayne was groggy and yes, Bruce Wayne was tired, but since it was a light sedation, he was able to come home with me right away, as opposed to staying in a cage at the office for a few more hours.
2:10 p.m. Home we go.
I gave Bruce Wayne some time to recover before making him travel home. Luckily, we only live about 7-10 minutes away from my Veterinarian, so it’s a quick ride home. I put Bruce Wayne on the couch so he could rest quietly and peacefully. It was about an hour or two when he started to become active again.
6:30 Dinner time.
I wasn’t sure if Bruce Wayne was going to want to eat dinner or not. But, he sure did wolf it down. He ate as if nothing had happened earlier that day.
Below, is a “vlog” of our day. We had hoped to show you the actual procedure, however, since Bruce Wayne is very attached to me (despite all our jokes about being independent), he was too anxious for me to be in the room. We hope that you can see that it’s a simple procedure.
Next Morning at 10:00 a.m. – Courtesy call from ViaGen.
The next morning, I received a call from Melain of ViaGen confirming that they received the biopsy package and that all the tissue samples looked good, which was great to hear. However, even more meaningful was the compassion she had for Bruce Wayne in wanting to know how he did during his biopsy procedure. Melain truly cared about how he did with the light sedation, incisions, etc. We spent the next 20 minutes chatting about Bruce Wayne, her lovely dogs and what I can expect next.
Overall, Bruce Wayne did fantastic! He’s a great boy and such a trooper. He didn’t need an e-collar, as he only tried to lick the biopsy spot on the first day. After I told him “no” a few times, he never went back.
In total, Bruce Wayne has 4 small incisions that were closed with glue and a stitch on each incision. We could have possibly just went with the glue to close the sutures, but better safe than sorry. In 2 weeks, he will go back to have his stitches removed. There were 3 small incisions made under his belly area and 1 small incision on his inner thigh. You may think that this looks uncomfortable, but after the first day, Bruce Wayne was back to walking and trotting around like he normally would. By day 3, he was absolutely back to his normal self. Even though he still has the stitches, you would not even know.
Now what? Now, we freeze Bruce Wayne’s DNA. ViaGen Pets will safely store your pet’s DNA for as long as you’d like. You are the ultimate decider in when and if you decide to proceed with cloning your pet. Stay tuned as we think things over and decide how we will proceed. Either way, it’s exciting to know that I have the option. 🙂