Definition: a condition that is present and identifiable at birth. A congenital trait may be genetic (the result of a change in a gene) or the result of an environmental influence. For example, a dog that does not receive enough Vitamin D in her diet may produce puppies with skeletal and dental abnormalities. These defects are not genetic, but are congenital because they are present at birth. Proper nutrition during the pregnancy will prevent these defects from occurring in future litters.
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Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.