I was compensated for this post by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0; all opinions are entirely my own.
As many of you may already know, Buster came into our lives nearly two years ago after we began co-fostering him with another couple. At nine years young, some heartless bastahd decided he didn’t want to care for the poor pup any longer and so, Buster was dropped off at a shelter in Jersey City and told the woman doing intake to “put this dog to sleep.”
Yes. Those words were actually in Buster’s chart.
It’s hard for me to fathom that someone could ever have given up on a dog with so much love and energy and heart and soul. My goodness, this dog is FULL of personality and spunk (you can follow his Facebook page to see some of his adventures!). What’s more astonishing to me, however, is that Buster hasn’t given up on humans. There is absolutely no sign of a grudge in this sweet boy’s body, and his parents (all four of us!) have made a vow that we will vehemently smother him with love, affection, kindness, and treats for the rest of his days.
So you know what?
In the end, we all win. And that man’s loss, is our very big gain.
Anyway, the point of this feel-good story is that we all have speculations about his breed—we believe he might be a pibble / boxer mix but we’re not entirely sure.
I have some awesome news to share with you today—there’s now a way to test your dog’s makeup with a simple cheek swab! It takes approximately 2-3 weeks from the time a sample is received for analysis and processing—this includes an in-depth examination of 321 markers and the potentially life-saving Multi-Drug Resistance 1 (MDR1) genetic mutation screening. To find out more information on breeds and drugs affected by the MDR1 mutation, click here.
The process is pretty extensive actually, but to put it simply, your dog’s DNA sample is compared with information from the extensive Wisdom Panel breed database (more than 10,000 samples!) to match pedigrees. Wisdom Panel 3.0 covers 250+ breeds, types, and dog varieties, including all of the breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The pedigree with the overall best score is selected and provided to you in your dog’s individualized report. You know what’s really cool? Your dog’s results provide ancestry information going back to the great-grandparent level!
Okay, so I know what you might be thinking: is it really necessary to have my dog’s DNA examined?
Here’s why I think it’s so important: understanding your breed enables you to provide targeted care for your animal and it could potentially help save your dog’s life. All animal lovers want to provide the best care possible to help their dogs live long and healthy lives; I think being able to predict and possibly prevent illnesses is worth the cost of the Wisdom Panel kit alone.
Also! For any readers in and around the Scottsdale, AZ area, Wisdom Panel will be at the Holiday Pet Festival tomorrow.