Do you have a dog? We rescued a beautiful yorkie once, and I couldn’t help but wonder if he was really a mix or pure bread. You never know… Or do you?
With 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. Understanding the breeds that make up their dog enables much more targeted care and in some cases provides lifesaving information.
For instance, some genetic information can indicate health issues, and it can also be important to know when trying to sort out what health issues to watch for. If your dog is young and hasn’t yet fully grown, or you are considering adopting a particular dog, a genetic test can help determine potential size and characteristics that are common in the breed.
MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening
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, sighthound and mixed-breed dogs and can be responsible for adverse reactions to some medications. Therefore, screening can be an important step to take before administering certain medications.
For more information on MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening, see Wisdom Panel’s MDRI screening page and always consult with your trusted veterinarian with questions and concerns.
How does this test work?
Your dog’s DNA information is checked against a growing database of DNA information (over 10,000 samples) – the more information, the more accurate the results. The Wisdom Panel test now covers over 250 breeds (including mixes), in addition to some medical screenings as mentioned above. According to Wisdom Panel:
The swabs then undergo processing to extract the DNA from your dog’s cells which are then examined for the 321 markers used in the test. The results of these markers are sent to a computer that evaluates them using a proprietary algorithm designed to consider all of the possible pedigree trees in the last three generations….For each of the millions of combinations of ancestry trees built and considered, the computer gives each a score representing how well that selected combination of breeds matched to your dog’s data.
The canine DNA test can be performed at home, and involves swapping your dog’s gum line for 15 seconds then sending it in to the lab. You’ll get the results a few weeks later.
Each kit contains instructions, DNA cheek swabs, drying insert for swabs and a pre-paid shipping box. For all events that allow dogs, consumers can swab onsite at event for a discounted price of $39.99. For those wanting to take home a kit, they can be purchased for the discounted price of $49.99 (MSRP $84.99).
Wisdom Panel will be available at the following events to share more information about Wisdom Panel 3.0:
- August 1: Amazing Pet Expo in Austin, TX – swabbing
- October (date TBD): Mars Pet Adoption Fair in Franklin, TN – swabbing
- December (date TBD): Amazing Pet Expo Holiday in Los Angeles, CA – swabbing
Please refer to the Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel for any changes and updates before traveling to an event.
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