It has now been a little over a month since Bruce Wayne had his Genetic Preservation biopsy performed. I’ve gotten a few questions here and there about the procedure, so I wanted to write this blog post to recap our experience and where we go from here.
As you can see from the photos below, Bruce Wayne has healed remarkably. There are no scars and you wouldn’t even be able to tell that he had any tissue removed if I hadn’t told you. In total, Bruce Wayne had 4 tissue samples taken. Why 4? My Veterinarian and I thought that 4 would be best. 4 gives me the best chance of sampling tissue that can be used by the ViaGen lab. The minimum that ViaGen requests your Veterinarian biopsy is 2, however, much like a woman freezing her eggs, the more samples you have, the better your chances of success.
Where did the cells go?
The cells were cultured by the ViaGen team in Texas. At this point, after they have worked their magic and checked to make sure all the samples were in good condition, they separate the cells into two different batches for storage. ViaGen keeps one set of cells in their Texas laboratory and ships the second set off to another backup laboratory. Why 2? Good question. As we all witnessed recently, Texas endured a horrible hurricane. ViaGen sends the second set of cells to the second location for that very reason. While Mother Nature doesn’t care that ViaGen is storing your pet’s precious cells, ViaGen does! ViaGen takes this precautionary step because they do understand just how priceless your pet’s cells are. I am happy to report that the Texas laboratory weathered the hurricane and all the cells being stored at the Texas facility are safe and sound.
Where I go from here ….
Now that Bruce Wayne’s cells have been taken, frozen and stored, I can decide what I want to do with them. I can either do nothing and let them sit until I am ready to move forward or I can proceed with the cloning process. Can you imagine how adorable it would be to see Bruce Wayne playing with a puppy Bruce Wayne?! Cuteness overload!
While the thought of the cuteness that could be makes me want to start the cloning process ASAP, there are a few things that you should consider before you proceed with the cloning.
Puppies! While cloning is bought to use solely by technology, the birthing process is not. Cloned dogs go through the same birthing process of that of a “regular puppy”. The gestation period for a cloned dog is still around 65 days. That being said, once the embryos have been transferred into the surrogate mother, nature takes over. Similar to IVF, more than one embryo is transferred into the surrogate mother, so this means there is a chance of more than one puppy. Not ready for 4 puppies? Have no fear, ViaGen is there to help you. While you are, of course, entitled to any and all puppies that are born, ViaGen also has an adoption program that will help you find good homes for any puppies that you cannot take.
Veterinarian Trips! A cloned puppy is just like any other puppy and requires the same amount of vet care as you would any other puppy. Cloned puppies should receive the same vaccinations and routine care. Many Veterinarian offices offer a “puppy package” for discounted exams, vaccinations and spay/neutering. You should check with your Veterinarian’s office to plan ahead and know what you can expect.
Overall, the cloning process should be a fun and exciting time for you. While I’m not exactly sure what my next step will be, the ViaGen team has been there every step of the way to help guide and assist me. If you have any reservations, I would highly suggest you take a look around the ViaGen website and follow the ViaGen Instagram and/or ViaGen Twitter pages to see a cloned puppy “Baxter” in action. He’s adorable and I’m sure you will fall in love with him and his adventures as well.
As always, I love answering any questions you may have. If you are interested in preserving your pet’s DNA or cloning, I can personally put you in touch with a ViaGen team member. Be sure to check back, you never know when you may see a puppy Bruce Wayne making his way around my blog!