What’s my Dog’s DNA?

We recently rescued a beautiful St Bernard dog, Beethoven, from our local Humane Society.

What is my dog's DNA?He looks like a St Bernard.  He eats like a St Bernard.  He acts like a St Bernard.  He must be a St Bernard.

Well, I was approached by Wisdom Panel to have Beethoven’s DNA tested.

They provided me with the kit of which I have since sent in and am anxiously awaiting to know what it showed.  It takes a couple of weeks upon their receipt of the sample to get the results  (I will update you when I receive the report)

What is my dog's DNA?The kit consisted of 2 little brushes to obtain my dog’s DNA from the inside of his cheek.  All the information of what I needed to do was right there on the box and so easy to follow.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Seriously, it was easy and it didn’t hurt him at all, completely non-invasive.

Although we don’t have any outstanding concerns of his breed ancestry, I could see how others may have concerns or curiosity about their dog’s lineage.  However, knowing Beethoven’s ancestry could certainly help us know information regarding nutrition, training, or overall healthcare.  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, which can mean creating much less effective health, nutrition and behavioral plans. What is my dog's DNA?Perhaps, another reason that one may want their dog’s lineage would be to absolutely sure that it is indeed a pure bred pup that they would like to breed.  There could be all kinds of reasons why.

Wisdom Panel® 3.0 covers 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. Results provide ancestry information back to the great-grandparent level, potentially life-saving MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening, and a predicted weight profile.

Benefits of DNA testing your dog with Wisdom Panel® 3.0 include:

  • Screening for the MDR1 genetic mutation and determining potential risk for adverse reactions to some common drugs.A better understanding of your dog’s natural behavior tendencies to help with training.
  • Providing him with tailored nutrition based on any needs associated with their breed(s).
  • Assisting in determining what the size of your dog might be if he is a puppy or a healthy weight range if already full grown.
  • Allowing you to be proactive about any health concerns or common issues associated with the breeds found in your dog.

What is my dog's DNA?These pieces of information, among others, will allow you to help your dog lead a happy and healthy life and become a better pet-parent.

What is MDR1?

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. For more information on breeds and drugs affected by the MDR1 mutation, visit www.wisdompanel.com/MDR1_Screening.

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.

If you don’t wish to collect your dog’s DNA yourself, you can bring your dog to a live event where they will swab your furry friend for you.  They will also be providing education and will be available for questions.

Wisdom Panel will be visiting five (5) cities throughout 2015 including:

  • GoPRO Mountain Games – Vail, CO – (June 4 – 7)
  • Amazing Pet Expo – Austin, TX – (August 1)
  • Mars Pet Adoption Fair – Franklin, TN – (October – exact date TBD)
  • Amazing Pet Expo Holiday – Los Angeles, CA – (TBD)

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**Disclaimer:  This is a compensated post, all opinions are my own.

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