Wisdom Panel 3.0 – Canine DNA Test
This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0, however all opinions are my own.
When we got my dog Chester over ten years ago, we really had no idea what he truly was. His father was supposedly a full bred Australian Cattle Dog while his mother was a mixed breed. While many say it doesn’t matter what your dog’s background is, the truth is, it does matter.
Knowing your dog’s breed ancestry information is critical in knowing about proper nutrition, training and overall healthcare. Throughout the country there are millions of mixed-breed dog owners and these dog owners, like myself, can have a better understanding of the breeds that makeup their dog with a new canine DNA test known as the Wisdom Panel® 3.0.
Mars veterinary, the leader in canine genetic testing, is expanding their breed screening coverage, as well as the medical applications and a new MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening. The new test will allow dog owners better targeted care for their beloved pets and in some cases can even provide lifesaving information.
As the owner of a herding dog, I couldn’t help but be concerned when I read more about the MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening.
The Multi-Drug Resistance 1 or MDR1 is a genetic mutation that can be found in herding, sighthouse and many mixed-breed dogs. The gene produces a protein known as P-glycoprotein that limits drug absorption and distribution, which can lead to severe adverse reactions to some common drugs. You can visit the MDR1 Disease Screening page on wisdompanel.com for more information.
More about the Wisdom Panel® 3.0:
- Covers 250+ breeds, types and varieties including all those recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and can be run for mixed-breed, designer, or purebred dogs.
- Provides ancestry information back to the great-grandparent level, MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening results, and a predicted weight profile.
- The test consists of two swabs that you rub between the gum and the dog’s cheek for 15 seconds to collect skin cells for DNA extraction.
- Results than take about 2-3 weeks to receive.
- The benefits of the test include MDR1 mutation testing, training program development, a better understand of your dog’s behavior, help achieving and maintaining a healthy weight for your dog, understand your dog’s breed-specific health concerns or any common issues.
Find out more about Wisdom Panel® 3.0 on December 5, 2015 at the Holiday Pet Festival in Scottsdale, AZ. At the event, your dog can be swabbed on site for a discounted price of $39.99. If you would like to purchase a take home kit, you can do so at a discounted rate of $49.99 (MSRP $84.99).
Visit www.WisdomPanel.com for more information and to purchase a kit.