**This is a sponsored post by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0.
I adopted my first dog when I moved to Colorado a few years – ok, decades ago. My first dog.
My real, adult, he’s all mine, I’m truly grown up now, dog – was adopted from a local puppy rescue and described as 1/2 golden retriever and 1/2 blue heeler.
Doesn’t that sound colorful? I think I half expected him to be rainbow colored when I went to check him out.
Dakoda was my constant companion for those first few years. If I could take him with me, I did. You would have too, I mean seriously, how could you leave something this cute home alone?
It didn’t truly matter to me who his parents were, I picked him because he was adorable and calm. But when he was 5 months old, he was hit by a car and his entire jaw and skull were shattered. He became a very expensive rescue dog, but he was my baby and I would have done anything for him.
Thankfully he didn’t have any negative reactions to the drugs and anesthesia they used during his multiple surgeries and for pain control. But I’ve since learned that there is a genetic mutation, MDR1, found in sighthound and herding breeds, as well as, mixed breed dogs that can cause severe adverse reactions to some common drugs. *More information on breeds and drugs affected by the MDR1 Mutation here.
It would have killed me if he had reacted badly to the drugs and there had been something I could have done to prevent it.
Mars Veterinary, Wisdom Panel® 3.0 DNA & MDR1 Mutation Testing Kit
I’ve heard of DNA tests for dogs and a couple of people I know have gotten them done even, but it wasn’t prevalent when Dakoda was a pup. I think it would have been fascinating to have had him tested and learned his actual breeds. Primarily I’d be interested just out of straight up curiosity, but also some truly beneficial reasons too such as knowing if he had that MDR1 Mutation! Plus these:
- To better understand his behavior and how to train him.
- To have an idea of breed specific medical issues to expect.
- Develop a nutrition plan for healthy weight and exercise based on breed traits.
- Anticipate how big the puppy may get.
Wisdom Panel 3.0 Dog DNA Event Dates and Locations
Next weekend, at the GoPRO Mountain Games in Vail, CO – June 4 to 7, 2015 – Wisdom Panel® 3.0 will be on-site ready to swab your pups cheek and tell you all about his birth parents!
They’ll also be at these events if you can’t make it to Vail:
- June 4-7: GoPRO Mountain Games in Vail, CO
- August 1: Amazing Pet Expo in Austin, TX
- tbd October: Mars Pet Adoption Fair in Franklin, TN
- December 5: Amazing Pet Expo Holiday in Pomona, CA
- Date TBD: Amazing Pet Expo Holiday in Los Angeles CA
Wisdom Panel 3.0 Dog DNA Test Kit Details
At the above events, you can get your dog tested (they just swab the inside of their cheek like you see on Jerry Springer) for $39.99 or you can order a take home kit for $49.99 (MSRP $84.99) at www.WisdomPanel.com. The kit includes:
- DNA cheek swabs (for use on 1 dog)
- Drying insert for swabs
- Pre-paid return shipping box.
Guess the Dog Breed
Isn’t it fascinating how many different opinions there are on the breeds involved with mixed pups? EVERYONE seems to have an opinion.
What do you think this sweet girl is mixed with? Blue heeler and ???
Gazelle? (she bounds like a deer when she’s excited).
If I were in town next weekend it would be fun to head up to Vail and find out! Have a great time if you decide to check it out!
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