This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0. All opinions are as always, 100% my own
When we get married and are looking to start a family one of the most important questions we can ask if if there is any family history of anything that we may be able to pass on to our child. Doctor appointment after doctor appointment, they always ask if there is any history of certain things. Not that it would change our desire to have a family, but because these can be important to know. There are things that we may be soon faced with and having the most information possible about them can make all the difference.
Why would our dogs be any different?
The Wisdom Panel Canine DNA test doesn’t’ think they should be. So why should you DNA Test Your Dog?
We have three dogs. They are each an important part of the family and we would do anything to make sure they are happy and healthy.
Benelli is our Doberman and she is hands down the best dog we have every owned. She is loyal, and protective, and sweet, and like most other Doberman’s she has horrible skin. We can’t bathe her on a regular basis and every time the seasons change, her poor skin gets so red and itchy. She lives on allergy medicine most of the year and we have to be very careful what we use on her.
Masada is our German Shepherd. She too is very much like her breed. She is smart, quick to learn, is always quick to do exactly what you tell her. She is also only 2 years old and very much a puppy. She loves digging, chewing on anything she can, and running and playing all day long. Thankfully since she is so young, she does not have any of the typical health issues of other Shepherds. But we know to be on the look out for hip dysplasia, a very common issue that many of her breed are born with, but doesn’t present itself until later in life.
While having dogs that are pure bred makes it much easier to be on the look out for common heath issues, having a mixed breed dog can make it much more difficult. Especially when some of the breed may be guessed at based on how the dog looks.
This is where Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel comes in. Mars Veterinary is the industry leader in canine genetic testing. They are launching their next evolution of the canine DNA test—Wisdom Panel® 3.0. It not only expands 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 Wisdom Panel MDR1 Disease Screening.
I know what you are thinking, this sounds great but I’m sure it costs an arm and a leg, takes forever to get results and is not available to everyone. I have great news.
Wisdom Panel 3.0 covers over 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.
Wisdom Panel 3.0 also provides ancestry information back to the great-grandparent level, MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening results, and a predicted weight profile.
The Wisdom Panel 3.0 testing can be done at home and consists of two swabs that the owner rubs between the gum and the cheek for 15 seconds to collect skin cells for DNA extraction. The results take approximately 2-3 weeks from the time the test reaches the lab till they are in your hand.
Wisdom Panel will be at the following events to share more information about Wisdom Panel® 3.0 and educate on the benefits of Canine DNA testing:
September 4-5: Mars Pet Adoption Fair in Franklin, Tennessee (no swabbing done).
December 5: Holiday Pet Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona (swabbing offered).
Mars Petcare (MPC) – producer of some of the world’s most beloved pet care brands – is dedicated to making the world a better place for pets. In order to highlight and promote the benefits of pet ownership, the company is launching an initiative to develop and celebrate pet-friendly community policies and a sustainable pet population throughout the U.S.
As a part of this initiative, Mars Petcare will sponsor up to 300 adoptions at three shelters in the Nashville area on Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5.
Additionally, in the weeks leading up to the free adoption events Mars Pet Care Associates will show their support by taking part in volunteer opportunities at the shelters, ensuring the building and animals are ready! Volunteer efforts include everything from building a dog pool to taking glamour shots of the adoptable pets to bathing dogs to get them looking their best for their future forever homes.
At the adoption events, the Mars Pet Care and Banfield Associates will be present to help; a Mars Pet Care tent will be arranged to provide adoption bags to all adopting families, to include assorted Mars Pet Care items, including Wisdom Panel 3.0 goodies and coupons.
A Banfield representative will be at each adoption site to help answer any questions.
Additionally, the Mars Veterinary team will be supplying 12 Wisdom DNA Kits to the each of the shelters.