Look at this face! We rescued our dog Molly almost two years ago. We know that she came from a kill shelter in SC but we know nothing else about her. Who were her parents, or even her grandparents? What breeds is she made up of? We were always very curious about Molly’s lineage. Many times we meet other dog owners who ask us, “What kind of dog is Molly?” They always offer their wisdom to us on what breed they think Molly is. The Wisdom Panel 3.0 is here to answer all of our questions about Molly. Molly easily tolerated two simple cheek cell swabs (15 seconds worth) and then got a treat. It was a very painless procedure for her and for us. We put the swabs into a self-addressed box and then sent them off to be analyzed. The analysis takes 2-3 weeks from the time the test reaches the lab. The website is easy to use. You can see that your Dog DNA test swabs arrived safely, that they are working on the analysis, and then eventually you can see your results clearly documented.
Millions of pet owners have mixed-breed dogs with no knowledge of what heritage their dog comes from. Understanding the breeds that make up your dog helps you, as the owner, target their care. The Wisdom Panel 3.0 is a new evolution of the canine DNA test. The Wisdom Panel 3.0 covers over 250 breeds, types and varieties of dogs. Your results will provide ancestry information back to the great-grandparent level (how cool is that!) MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening results and also a predicted weight profile (great for the puppy owners).
I am sure you are asking yourself, “Do I really need to know my dog’s DNA?” Finding out the results of the Wisdom Panel 3.0 can save your dog’s life. The MDR1 (also known as Multi-Drug Resistance) mutation is found in many herding and sighthound breeds, as well as many mixed breed dogs. The MDR1 gene is responsible for the production of a protein called P-Glycoprotein that plays an important role in limiting drug absorption and elimination of many drugs used in dogs. You can read more about what the MDR1 disease screening will do and why it is important to know if your dog carries this gene here. If you have any questions about your dog, or about the results you receive from the Wisdom Panel 3.0 PLEASE discuss it with your veterinarian.
What are the benefits to DNA testing on your dog?
- Understand what breeds your dog is made up of, so you can look out for any breed specific health concerns or issues.
- Know if your dog carries the MDR1 gene.
- Be able to tell all the people who ask you all the time, exactly what breeds your dog is made up of (everyone always thinks they know best on this one).
- Develop a training program that will work with their breed’s natural instincts and develop an understanding of their behavioral characteristics.
- Assist in determining what the adult size of your dog will be (great for puppy owners).
You can buy a Wisdom Panel dog DNA test here. And if you are interested in our results, Molly is a mix of Chow Chow and Staffordshire Terrier and does not carry the MDR1 gene. Get your dog DNA test today so you can stay informed about your pet.