What is a Wisdom Panel Canine DNA Test?
This is a partnered post with Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Early last year my family and I adopted a little 4-month old black lab puppy from a friend of ours. We had recently lost our beloved little dachshund and adopting another pet just seemed right for our family. Oakley has been absolutely perfect for our family. But having a large dog in the house compared to our small little dachshund, has proven to have more challenges than we originally planned for.
But I wouldn’t trade this little furball for anything. He’s such a loyal companion and quite possibly the smartest dog I’ve ever met.
What I find fascinating is that there is now DNA testing for dogs. While I think that Oakley is a pure bred black lab, it’s possible that he isn’t. By having a Wisdom Panel Canine DNA test, I can find reliable breed ancestry to insure that I understand the makeup of my dog to be a better pet parent for him.
What is Wisdom Panel Canine DNA Test?
To be completely honest, before learning about the Widsom Panel Canine DNA Test, I didn’t know it was possible to learn more about your dog through DNA testing. But you can and you should, if you want to know more about your four-legged family member.
From Mars Veterinary, Wisdom Panel(R) 3.0 is the next evolution of the canine DNA test. It also features the potentially life-saving Multi–Drug Resistance 1 (MDR1) genetic mutation screening.
How Does Wisdom Panel Canine DNA Test Work?
Much like a human DNA test, you will need to collect DNA from your dog. After receiving the kit in the mail or purchasing at a local pet fair, you’ll have all the tools you need to collect your dogs DNA.
Using the two swabs included in the kit, you can easily collect your dog’s DNA by sweeping across the inside of your dog’s cheek. The box is then used as the means in which to send it back to the lab for analysis.
When the lab receives the samples they will undergo processing to remove the DNA from your dog’s cells. The cells are then examined for markers. Those markers will be used as a computer evaluates them using a proprietary algorithm designed to pick up possible pedigree trees in the last three generations.
That information is used to create a pedigree that can include just one tree or up to eight, depending on the dog’s genetic makeup. The algorithm uses the information from the extensive Wisdom Panel breed database, which features over 10,000 samples, to fill out the potential pedigrees. From there scores are given based on the breeds matched to your dog’s data. The one with the best score is selected and provided to the owner.
What Insights Does Genetic Testing Offer?
With so many mixed-breed dog owners in the U.S., knowing the true breeds of your dog can help you be a better pet parent. Having access to reliable breed ancestry can provide important information about nutrition, training, and overall health of your pet.
While I’m pretty certain that Oakley is 100% lab, I won’t know for sure until I get the results back from his DNA testing. I expected to have received the information by now, but it’s only been 18 days, so not the full 3 weeks noted on the website. Patience is not my strong suit, but I’m anxiously awaiting his results.
You can learn more about Wisdom Panel 3.0 on their website or visit them in Austin at the Amazing Pet Expo, August 1-2, 2015. They will also be in Franklin, Tennessee in October and in Los Angeles, California in December. For all events that allow dogs to attend, consumers can swab onsite at the event for a discounted price of $39.99. For consumers wanting to take a kit home, the are available for the discounted price of $49.99 (regularly $84.99).
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What do you think about DNA testing for your dog? Would you do it?
7/30/15 Update: We did receive Oakley’s results back and as we thought, he is pure bred Labrador Retriever. Even better news is he does not have the MDR1 mutation!