FAQ

General Information

For which animal species does ViaGen Pets currently provide genetic preservation (GP) and cloning services?

ViaGen Pets currently provides genetic preservation (GP) and cloning services for dogs and cats.

How long does it take to GP or clone a pet?

Your ViaGen Pets counselor will be able to provide you with feedback regarding your genetic preservation (GP) process in less than 4 weeks from the submission of your sample. GP cell growth timelines can vary but ViaGen Pets will keep you informed along the way.

The cloning process requires the same gestation (60-65 days) and nursing process (56 days) as with any pet breeding technique.

ViaGen Pets works with clients in the order in which they are received, and timelines can vary slightly based upon current pet cloning client demand.

My pet has just died unexpectedly. What should I do to start the process of genetic preservation or cloning?

In order to initiate a successful genetic preservation (GP) or cloning process, timing and proper procedures are critical if your pet has just passed away. Please call 1-888-876-6104 right away to speak to a ViaGen Pets Counselor for specific information and instructions.

Refrigerating and NOT FREEZING your dog or cat’s tissue sample immediately after death is the first critical step. Tissue biopsy samples should then be collected from your pet as soon as possible.

We recommend that your veterinarian perform the tissue biopsy. Our protocol for this biopsy procedure can be found here.

 

Is there an ideal pet age or moment in time to do a biopsy of my pet for GP or cloning?  

Any pet age is fine. It also is most convenient to do the tissue biopsy during routine and normal veterinarian visits such as vaccinations, testing for allergies, dental check-ups and procedures, and spay/neuter surgery.

How do I order a pet genetic preservation and/or cloning?

To order your pet’s genetic preservation (GP) or cloning, simply call us at 1-888-876-6104. A ViaGen Pets Counselor will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

You may also order pet genetic preservation directly through this website by clicking the “Services” tab on the menu bar on the home page.

Does genetic preservation or cloning involve genetic modification (GMO)?

No. ViaGen Pets genetic preservation and cloning services do not involve changing or altering of your pet’s genetic material in any way. GP and cloning simply preserves the exact genetic identity of your cat or dog. A cloned animal simply shares the identical genes from the donor pet, just like naturally occurring identical twins do.

How do I know that my genetically preserved or cloned pet is authentic?

ViaGen Pets provides our clients with a genetic report from an independent University genetic laboratory which compares the DNA sample taken during the donor biopsy with the DNA sample taken from the ViaGen Pets’ produced cloned puppy or kitten. This report will show proof that the donor and cloned pet DNA is identical.

Does ViaGen Pets provide any guarantees to pet owners who GP or clone their pets?

If for some reason ViaGen Pets fails to achieve a successful cloned pet birth using a viable genetic sample, the cloning deposit paid by the owner will be fully refunded.

There is no refund or guarantee for GP.  However, should the tissue sample you send us not render a successful genetic preservation, you may send a second sample for us to culture at no additional cost.

Are pet express pet tissue banking (ETB), pet genetic preservation (GP) and pet cloning the same thing?

No. These are three separate services.

 

When ViaGen says that genetic preservation and cloning is safe, what does “safe” mean.

For the biopsy required to GP and clone your pet, this quick and routine procedure is done by your veterinarian. For cloning, each animal involved in the cloning process is continually cared for by an expert veterinarian and trained ViaGen Pets team, and are watched and monitored continually to ensure the animal’s comfort, health, and well-being.

What is the pet owner’s involvement during the genetic preservation and cloning process?

ViaGen Pets keeps our pet owners informed each step of the way, whether for GP or cloning. ViaGen staff communicates frequently with regular updates and sends weekly photos of new puppies and kittens while they are in our care.

Genetic Preservation

How can I preserve the genetics of my pet long-term?

Your pet’s genes can be preserved on a long-term basis through ViaGen Pet’s genetic preservation (GP) service. Our genetic preservation (GP) process is conducted in three steps.

  1. We send you a ViaGen Pets Biopsy Kit, which your veterinarian will use to collect a tissue sample from your cat or dog. Your veterinarian will then send that tissue sample to ViaGen Pets.
  2. We culture new cells in our lab from your pet’s tissue sample. This allows us to ensure that the cells are ultimately usable to clone your pet – if you choose to do so.
  3. We cryopreserve (freeze) these live cells for growing at a later time if desired.

If I produce a genetic preservation of my pet, does that mean it will be cloned as well?

No. Pet genetic preservation (GP) and cloning are two separate and distinct services. Genetic preservation (GP) is the first simple step toward cloning and enables the opportunity for you to clone your dog or cat at a later date – if you choose to do so.

How do I know my pet’s genetic materials are safe?

ViaGen Pets takes the security of your pet’s genetic materials very seriously. We ensure the safety of your pet’s genes in several ways, including duplicate storage of cell lines in multiple locations, alarm systems, and limited personnel access.

If I start a genetic preservation of my pet, how quickly will I know if the preservation is successful?

Your personal ViaGen Pets Counselor will notify you within four weeks after your tissue sample has been received by us as to whether your dog or cat’s genes were successfully preserved.

What if my pet’s tissue biopsy does not successfully culture?

ViaGen Pets will notify you if your dog or cat’s tissue sample has not provided a sufficient quantity or quality of viable cells.  If this situation arises, you’ll be able to send us a second sample for us to culture at no additional cost.

Will the tissue biopsy process harm my pet?

No. The tissue biopsy process will not harm your dog or cat. We recommend having your veterinarian perform this simple and straightforward procedure during routine procedures such a dental hygiene.  Typically, your pet will fully heal from a tissue biopsy in just a few days.

How long does genetic material preserved by ViaGen Pets remain usable?

ViaGen Pets stores your dog or cat’s genetic material by using cryopreservation. Cellular material preserved in such a manner has been used successfully decades after the original preservation date.

What happens if I choose to no longer preserve my pet’s genes?

If you choose to discontinue preserving your cat or dog’s genes, simply notify us and we’ll send you a Preservation Closure form to sign and return. Once we receive your signed form your pet’s cell preservation will stop, and your pet’s genetic materials will be retired safely and respectfully.

 

If I want my pet’s genetic preservation transferred to another company, will ViaGen help me do this?

Yes.  ViaGen Pets will prepare and safely transfer your pet’s genetic materials to the company of your choosing.  We charge a processing fee to do this. Please call us at  888-876-6104 for more information.

What if I’m not ready to do a genetic preservation of my pet, but don’t want to miss the opportunity?

Express tissue banking (ETB) is an option for pet owners who are not sure that they will move forward with pet cloning, and represents a lower cost alternative to genetic preservation (GP). Please discuss this option with your ViaGen Pets Counselor.

Express tissue banking (ETB) may be ordered through this website by clicking the “Services” tab on the menu bar on the home page.

 

Who owns my pet’s genetic preservation once the GP process is complete?

You own your pet’s genetic material. We do not clone, transfer, culture or dispose of genetic materials without your instruction.

What is the cost of pet genetic preservation?

A dog or cat genetic preservation (GP) costs $1,600.00.

*Prices are subject to change without notice.

Cloning Technology

What is a cloned dog or cat?

A cloned dog or cat is simply an identical twin of the donor pet that is born at a later date.  A cloned cat or dog shares the exact genetic identity of the donor pet–just as naturally occurring identical twins share the exact same genes.

How does pet dog and cat cloning work?

To learn more about how cloning (Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer) works, please watch our animated video on our homepage.

Where does the ViaGen Pets cloning process happen?

To ensure the most animal-friendly and controlled conditions, the ViaGen Pets cloning process takes place in the U.S., and within a high-health, bio-secure environment and facilities.

Are cloned animals delivered through natural birth?

Yes. In the rare situations where c-section birth is required, ViaGen Pets is equipped to deliver puppies and kittens in this manner as well.

Is a pet born through the cloning process physically and behaviorally identical to the “original” pet?

Cats and dogs delivered by cloning have the same genes as their donor pets and will be the closest match possible to the donor. This is best described as identical twins born at a later date. The new puppies and kittens will be the same sex as the donor, but just as it is in nature, may have slight phenotypic differences, such as different markings due to natural epigenetic factors. The environment does interact with genetics to impact many traits such as personality and behavior.

Do pets delivered by cloning have normal lifespans?

Yes. Cloned pets do have lives of normal lengths. This has been demonstrated across many species.  The current age of the donor pet does not have any impact on the aging of the new cloned pet.

Are cloned pets healthy?

ViaGen Pets provides our clients with a veterinarian inspected healthy puppy or kitten.  As pets age they face the same environmental risks as other dogs and cats in similar environments.

Do cloned pets require any special veterinary care or treatment compared to a non-cloned pet?

No.

What happens when animals are born with deformities or otherwise unhealthy?

Unfortunately, all forms of reproduction result in some unhealthy births. Regular health checks are performed on animals to ensure the health and wellbeing of the animals.

What is the cost of dog cloning and cat cloning?

Dog cloning costs are $50,000.00, paid in two equal installments.

Cat cloning costs are $25,000.00, paid in two equal installments.

*Pricing is subject to change without notice.