What Kind of Dog Is That? Find out with Wisdom Panel 3.0

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Wisdom Panel 3.0


Did you ever wonder what breeds makes up that little wolf you let live with you? Did you know that 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. Even if you own a purebred dog, you might wonder if the lineage remained intact throughout the years.

Knowing the breed ancestry information is not only interesting, but can be critical for the nutrition, training, understanding and overall healthcare of your furry baby. By understanding the breed characteristics that make up your dog, you can take a much more targeted approach in the understanding of the breed makeup and in some cases provide lifesaving information….





Mars Veterinary, the industry leader in canine genetic testing, is launching the 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.  If you know or think that your dog has a herding breed or a sighthound breed in him, this is a very important screening to know. The Wisdom panel also provides ancestry information back to the great-grandparent level and a predicted weight profile.

Being dog mom to 2 Welsh Corgi dogs (herding breed) I know I want to know as much as I can about their make up to keep them healthy….

The MDR1 or Multi-Drug Resistance 1 is a genetic mutation is 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.

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. For more information on breeds and drugs affected by the MDR1 mutation, visit www.wisdompanel.com/MDR1_Disease_Screening.

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In addition to MDR1 information, The Wisdom Panel 3.0 unlocks:

  • 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.
  • ancestry information back to the great-grandparent level, MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening results, and a predicted weight profile.
  • An easy process that can be done at home and consists of two swabs that the owner rubs between the gum and the cheek for 15 seconds to collect skin cells for DNA extraction.
  • Results take approximately 2-3 weeks from the time the test reaches the lab.
  • Can be run for mixed-breed, purebred and designer dogs. You’ll choose at the time of kit activation.

Benefits of DNA testing your dog include:

  • MDR1 mutation testing for drug sensitivity.
  • The ability to develop a training program that works with their natural instincts (breeds) and a better understanding their behavior characteristics.
  • Developing a nutrition plan for breed-specific needs and/or achieving/maintaining healthy weight.
  • Assists in determining what the adult size of your dog might be.
  • Understanding the breeds within your dog, in order to lookout for any breed-specific health concerns or common issues.

You can learn more about The Wisdom Panel 3.0 here, or you can meet up with members of The Wisdom Panel Team in person at any of these fun pet events. 

  • America’s Family Pet Expo – Costa Mesa, CA – (April 10 -12)
  • 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 – Pomona, CA – (December 5)

So how does Wisdom Panel 3.0 work?
Testing your dog with Wisdom Panel® 3.0 begins when you use the cheek swabs to collect sample from inside your dog’s cheek, and then send the swabs into the laboratory. Once your sample is received at the lab it is scanned into the Wisdom Panel database and assigned to a batch for testing. 

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. 

These trees include a simple pedigree with a single breed (a likely pure-bred dog) all the way up to a complex tree with eight different great-grandparent breeds. The  algorithm uses information from the extensive Wisdom Panel breed database (more than 10,000 samples!) to fill out these potential pedigrees.

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 pedigree with the overall best score is selected and provided to you in your dog’s individualized report. Reports take approximately 2-3 weeks from the time a sample is received for analysis to be completed.

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Facebook: facebook.com/DoggieDNA 

Twitter: @WisdomPanel

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