If you have a mixed breed dog in your family, you may have heard of canine DNA testing before. The tests are designed to tell you which purebred types of dogs are relatives of your mixed breed dog. For dog parents, this may sound like an interesting way to discover more about your dog's history. After all, many mixed breed dogs come from rescues or shelters and little may be known about their past.
But other than having a little fun and knowing who your dog's parents and grandparents were, what is the point of having canine DNA testing for your mixed breed dog? Turns out, there are actually several benefits to having the test done. Understanding the breeds that make up your dog enable much more targeted care and in some cases provides lifesaving information.
Mars Veterinary, the industry leader in canine genetic testing, is launching their next evolution of the canine DNA test - Wisdom Panel 3.0. They are not only expanding the breed screening coverage, but the medical applications as well with the new MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening.
What is Multi-Drug Resistance 1 (MDR1)?
Multi-Drug Resistance 1 or MDR1 found in some herding and sighthound breeds. It's also found in many mixed breed dogs. The MDR1 gene makes a protein called P-glycoprotein. This molecule plays an important role in limiting drug absorption and distribution, particularly to the brain. P-glycoprotein also enhances the excretion and elimination of many drugs that are used in dogs.
What does this mean for dogs who have MDR1 mutation? Dogs with this gene mutation may have severe adverse reactions to some common drugs. This is that lifesaving information that was mentioned above.
For more information about which breeds and drugs are affected by MDR1 mutation, visit Wisdom Panel's information page on MDR1 Disease Screening.
Benefits of Canine DNA Testing
In addition to knowing if your dog has MDR1 mutation, there are a number of other benefits to having a canine DNA test for your mixed breed dog. Here are the benefits of the Wisdom Panel 3.0:
- MDR1 mutation testing for drug sensitivity.
- The ability to develop a training program that works with their breed's natural instincts and a better understanding of their behavior characteristics.
- Developing a nutrition plan for breed-specific needs.
- Helps in determining what the adult size of your dog might be.
- Understanding breed-specific health concerns to be on watch for.
While knowing which breeds of dog make up your mixed breed dog will not make you love them any more or less, it's more than just a fun test to learn about your dog's ancestors. Canine DNA testing can help you understand your dog's needs more than you might think.
About Wisdom Panel 3.0 Canine DNA Testing
The Wisdom Panel 3.0 is easy and can be done at home. All you need to do is rub a swab between your dog's gum and cheek to collect some skin cells. It takes about 2-3 weeks from the time the samples reach the lab for results to come back.
The new Wisdom Panel 3.0 now covers more than 250 breeds, types and varieties of dogs including all those recognized by the American Kennel Club. You can run a Wisdom Panel 3.0 test on mixed breed, purebred, or designer dogs.
You can visit www.WisdomPanel.com for more information and to purchase a Wisdom Panel 3.0 Kit.
Interested in having your dog tested with the Wisdom Panel 3.0? Wisdom Panel will be at several upcoming events to test dogs on site and provide information about their canine DNA test. They will be swabbing dogs on site at these events at discounted prices:
- August 1-2: Amazing Pet Expo in Austin, TX
- TBD October: Mars Pet Adoption Fair in Franklin, TN
- TBD December: Amazing Pet Expo Holiday in Los Angeles, CA
For all events that allow dogs, you can swab on site at the discounted price of $39.99. If you prefer taking your kit home, the kit will cost $49.99. (MSRP $84.99)
You can stay up to date with Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel for more updates on events and product discounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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