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 over her last two years living with us. Many times we will 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. Wisdom Panel 3.0 is here to answer all of our questions about Molly. At the time of this posting, we do not have our results back yet about Molly’s relatives, but I will update this post as soon as we do. 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 it off to be analyzed. The analysis takes 2-3 weeks from the time the test reaches the lab, and there is a very easy to use website where you can see that your DNA swabs arrived safely, that they are working on the analysis, and then eventually we will be able to see our 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 to target their care. Mars Veterinary has designed the Wisdom Panel 3.0 to be the next 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 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 lookout 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 behavior characteristics.
- Assist in determining what the adult size of your dog will be (great for puppy owners).
Do you live near Scottsdale Arizona? If so, you are in luck this weekend! Mars Veterinary will be doing two things at the Holiday Pet Festival on Saturday December 5th. The first thing you can do, is buy a discounted Wisdom Panel 3.0 to bring home with you and swab your dog and find out his or her DNA at your convenience. Regular price is $84.99 for the kit, but at the Holiday Pet Festival it will be $49.99. Or, you can bring your dog with you to the festival (free admission) and have him or her swabbed on the spot for $39.99. The Holiday Pet Festival is open from 10am-5pm this Saturday at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom 3.0 Panel. All opinions and photos of Molly belong to Cookwith5kids.