In the past few years, dog DNA testing has become very popular. It is common for people to adopt mixed breed dogs without knowing exactly which breeds comprise their new furry family member. Doggy DNA tests give people the ability to simply send in a sample of their dog’s DNA and have it tested by a lab. How cool is that?! A great canine DNA test kit on the market is the Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel® 3.0. It is currently the most comprehensive at-home DNA test on the market, and you can get one at a discount this year at the Holiday Pet Festival!
Background on the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Canine DNA test:
Mars Veterinary, the industry leader in canine genetic testing, is launching their next evolution of the canine DNA test—Wisdom Panel® 3.0— and is not only expanding the breed screening coverage, but the medical applications as well with the new MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening. MDR1 or Multi-Drug Resistance 1 is a genetic mutation found in some herding and sighthound breeds, as well as many mixed-breed dogs. The MDR1 gene is responsible for production of a protein called P-glycoprotein. The P-glycoprotein molecule is a drug transport pump that plays an important role in limiting drug absorption and distribution (particularly to the brain) and enhancing the excretion/elimination of many drugs used in dogs.
Dogs with the MDR1-mutation may have severe adverse reactions to some common drugs, so it is important to test mixed-breed (and purebreds with the high-propensity breeds) dogs and for owners to share results with their veterinarian so they can provide the dog with for the best possible care. For more information on breeds and drugs affected by the MDR1 mutation, visit www.wisdompanel.com/MDR1_Disease_Screening.
I go to the Holiday Pet Festival in Scottsdale, AZ every year. The event was voted “top 10 holiday attraction by USA today” and “best holiday event by AZ Central readers.” There are always a ton of vendor and sponsor booths, including Wisdom Panel this year! So here’s the exciting part – this year at the Holiday Pet Festival, visitors who bring their dogs to the Wisdom Panel booth can get them swabbed on-site for a special price of only $39.99, as opposed to the MSRP price of $84.99. You will also have the opportunity to take home a discounted do-it-yourself kit for just $49.99. The kit comes with instructions, DNA cheek swabs – all for use on one dog, drying insert for swabs and a pre-paid return shipping box. Within three weeks of receipt of the cheek swab test, dog owners will be emailed an official Ancestry Report revealing their dog’s genetic background.
Nowadays there are millions of mixed-breed dog owners in the U.S. Having access to reliable breed ancestry information can be critical for the nutrition, training and overall healthcare of their furry family member. It also helps to understand the breeds that make up our dogs. Knowing this information enables targeted care and in some cases provides lifesaving information. And we can know why our dogs act a certain way 😉
How accurate are the results?
Wisdom Panel does not offer a guaranteed accuracy level, however if a good, clean sample is obtained—dog does not share any food/toys/water with any other dogs prior to testing and doesn’t eat any food/treats—accuracy can be about 90%.
Benefits of DNA testing your dog:
- MDR1 mutation testing for drug sensitivity.
- The ability to develop a training program that works with their natural instincts (breeds) and a better understanding their behavior characteristics.
- Developing a nutrition plan for breed-specific needs and/or achieving/maintaining healthy weight.
- Assists in determining what the adult size of your dog might be.
- Understanding the breeds within your dog, in order to lookout for any breed-specific health concerns or common issues.
If you’ve always wondered which breeds make up your pampered pup, now is the time to act! You can’t beat the discounted prices that Wisdom Panel is offering this year at the Holiday Pet Festival. I’d say it’s a smokin’ deal, especially for the most comprehensive canine DNA test on the market! It would also be the perfect Christmas gift for a special pet parent in your life.
I will be testing my newest fur kid, McKenzie Rae (shown above). I just saved her from the euthanasia list at our local county shelter and I have no idea what breeds she is. It will be really exciting to see what breeds make up my beautiful girl! As soon as I receive the results, I will update you all.
This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Wisdom Panel 3.0, but Dog Mom Days only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0 is not responsible for the content of this article.