Just when we thought things couldn’t get any better… There’s now a company in Texas who will clone your favorite pet! Yup, you heard me right. If you have the cash, they can clone your pet.
It costs about $50,000 for the entire procedure. The company is called Viagen Pets, and they use a proprietary process genetically preserving your pet’s DNA and then they safely maintain it at its cryo-storage facility. Using a donor egg, the company’s technicians join it and your pet’s previously frozen cells (which are easily taken by any veterinarian from a skin sample – even if your dog is sick or late in life) to produce an embryo. The embryo is then implanted into surrogate animal. The result is an identical genetic twin that’s delivered after a normal gestation period. The entire process takes about six-to-seven months.
“People have a hard time wrapping their brain around that it that it is a real technology,” Melain Rodriguez, a manager at the company, said in this report on television station web site KDKA.com. “It is not science fiction.” Viagen’s been doing this for more than 15 years and has successfully cloned thousands of animals including cattle, horses, pigs, sheep and – yes – dogs and cats.
Even at this price ($50,000 for a dob and about half the cost for a cat), the company reports it has a waiting list – and no, not professional breeders (American Kennel Club will not register cloned dogs). It’s just normal people who desperately love their pets and are willing to pay just about anything to keep them – or a cloned version of them – still around. “Pets’ lives are very short compared to ours,” Rodriguez told KDKA, “so if you can clone that pet and have another one that is very similar, it’s very rewarding.”
If you had the cash … would you do it?
For more information on the process, please visit their website https://viagenpets.com.
Check out this story about the 1st cloned dog in the United States.
“It has been about 1 ½ years since I first held her in my arms with staff from ViaGen Pets looking on. While I still think of my older girl with fondness there is not a day that goes by that I don’t whisper to my new little girl “I’m sooo glad you can run and jump and are not short of breath anymore”. When I’m on the computer she comes and sits on my foot or puts a paw on my leg and wants up for head rub. At night she will curl up next to my back and I hear her give a contented sigh as sleep comes to our house. The Pack has sorted itself and she has become the dominant female. When at home and not in the field she has to be reminded to be gentle with the other older female and not air snap or continually shoulder crowd her showing dominance. No fights have occurred because we watch them and don’t let them escalate but compared to the brutal fights that my old girl and her sister had my little girl is much friendlier to both other dogs and people. Not many people know how she came to our family as we are naturally a private couple but those who do know smile and say how similar she is in many ways. Her fur had developed the same rough patterns, she has a neck ruff, her ears have similar tufts and her eyebrows which were a prominent feature of my old girl have grown out into the same bushy curves. The differences that are obvious involve the darker fur on her face and ears. She has a boyfriend and has been in heat 3-4 times to date and we hope she will conceive and deliver healthy pups this next year.
Occasional comments such as “Do they come from a test tube?” or ” How much did she cost?” are what one would expect to hear from people who simply don’t know the data and have not spent time getting enthusiastic kisses from her. When I say “she was less than a high-class pickup truck and much less than a Lexus” that puts it in perspective for most.
She filled the huge hole left by the passing of “her mom” and while I understand intellectually that reincarnation cannot be proven, as she has developed over these 2 years I just shake my head and have taken to calling her by her name and that of her “mom” interchangeably. It’s enough for me that she hops up on the bed, rolls on her side and looks at me with the same love I always saw.”
HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY NUBIA!