Knowing Your Dog’s Breed Can Help Them Live a Healthier Life

This post is Sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0,

Knowing Your Dog's BreedPIN IT!

With millions of mixed-breed dog owners in the U.S., its a no brainer that most people own a dog with more than one breed in their DNA. Did you know that knowing your dog’s ancestry can be crucial for the nutrition, training, and overall health of your furry family member?

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. The MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening can help discover if your dog could have an adverse reaction to common drugs as well as the amount of drug absorption your dog can tolerate. To learn more information on breeds and drugs affected by the MDR1 mutation, visit www.wisdompanel.com/MDR1_Disease_Screening.

The Wisdom Panel® covers 250+ breeds including all those recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and can be run for mixed-breed, designer, or purebred dogs. With two swabs between the gum and cheek of your furry friend for 15 seconds you can easily do this at home. The results take approximately 2-3 weeks from the time the test reaches the lab in your prepaid shipping box and can provide ancestry information back to the great-grandparent level, MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening results, and a predicted weight profile.

Knowing Your Dog's BreedPIN IT!Though the Wisdom Panel does not offer a guaranteed accuracy level, 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% which is rather impressive.

Think you know your dog’s breed just by looking at him? Think again. Visual identification of a dog’s breed(s) is only accurate about 25% of the time. That leaves a 75% chance for error and mis-identification, 75%. So how does knowing your dog’s breed help them live a healthier life? Well once you’ve completed a DNA test on your dog you will find out if your dog has a MDR1 mutation testing for drug sensitivity, it will give you the ability to develop a training program that works with their natural instincts, develop a breed-specific nutrition plan, assist in determining what the adult size of your dog might be and lastly understanding the breeds within your dog, in order to lookout for any breed-specific health concerns or common issues.

Now that you know what information you could possibly find out about your furry loved one, why not head on over to wisdompanel.com and grab a kit for yourself! Don’t have the extra money for a kit at full price? Well you’re in luck, Wisdom Panel themselves will be here in Scottsdale, AZ at the Amazing Pet Expo Holiday Festival on December 5th and will be offering consumers a swab onsite at event for a discounted price of $39.99 or the option of a take home kit that can be purchased for the discounted price of $49.99.

Want more updates on events and product discounts? Follow Wisdom Panel on any or all of their social media outlets.

Facebook: facebook.com/DoggieDNA

Twitter: @WisdomPanel

Instagram: @WisdomPanel

Pinterest: @WisdomPanel

Disclaimer: Mars Veterinary as well as myself are not dispensing any advice for you and your pets, ALWAYS speak to your veterinarian for any medical advice or concerns you may have after testing.

 

Comments
  • candice

    Hi Jess, I would never have thought something like this was even available! It’s a great idea it also would give you piece of mind if your paying a packet for a purebred to know it is actually a purebred!!

  • Kathleen Kennedy-Leon

    I had not idea these types of tests were available for dogs. We have two dogs and I was wondering if there were pure breds or not. I will have to show this to my hubby so he can do this for the dogs.

  • Aisha Kristine Chong

    This is so good to know. I wish we knew about this years ago – then probably we would have known better what was really wrong with out pups.

  • Jenn @ Engineermommy

    We don’t have a dog yet, but this sounds like a great service for dog owners. It would be wonderful to have this information for owners to be well prepared and informed!

  • Mistee Dawn

    Wow! I did not know that you could get a DNA test on a dog. That is so super cool!

  • Amanda

    We adopted our dog and really aren’t too sure what breed she is, and we have always wanted to see what her breed history is. Thanks for introducing me to this option.

  • Mary

    Honestly I had no idea. I had no clue how important it was to know all of this background info on my pets. Thanks for sharing

  • lisa

    3 of the 4 dogs I own are purebred, but I have one mix. I never thought to have her genetically tested but she looks and acts like the breeds I think she is.

  • Miles L.

    HI Jess! Thanks for this info. It is my first to hear of a DNA test for dogs. This would really be handy for breeders. 🙂

  • nazma iqbal

    are you serious ? i mean is it really possible to know history of our dogs.i didnt even thought that something like this is available or exsist

  • Briton

    I have seen DNA test kits for humans but never thought about how useful they could be for animals. What a great product!

  • Angelic Sinova

    The Wisdom Panel® sounds very interesting. My puppy Loki is a mixed breed, Dachshund and Lab, but it would be cool to find out for sure (since the shelter kind go guessed his breed(s).

  • Miranda (myrabev)

    What a great company, these days even in humans it’s is vey important to check for genetic mutations. I do not have any furry friends but would do the test if I did

  • LaShawn

    I didn’t realize that these tests were available for dogs! That will be wonderful for some genetic issues that are know some breeds are prone to.

  • aaronica (the crunchy mommy)

    canine DNA?!!??! how cool!!! this is really important in the purebreds to weed out genetic mutations and other things that lead to some tough ailments in them

  • Rosey

    That would be nice to swab on site. Love that you’ve shared the offer!

  • Chantal

    Wow, very informative! I had no clue that you could do this. I will have to look into this DNA test for sure!

  • Jow

    Very efficiently written information. It will be beneficial to anybody who utilizes it, including me. Keep up the good work. For sure i will check out more posts.

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