This is a sponsored post by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0.
Have you ever thought about canine DNA testing for your dogs? Until recently, it never crossed our minds as a possibility. Last year, we became the proud new parents to two of the cutest little mutts in the whole wide world. We rescued them from a local shelter, a brother and sister pair, born to a litter of 6. Oh, How I wish I could have taken them all home. The only info the shelter could give us was that they believed their mother was possibly a Mini Pinscher/Beagle mix. When they found them she was very sick with heart worms and malnourished. Sadly, we never had the opportunity to see their mother as she had to be euthanized. All of the 6 puppies looked sooooo different from one another it is hard to tell what breed they really are. Just look at our two……polar opposites!
Jasmine has that typical Mini Pinscher look. While Mater is well, a little harder to define. My husband swears he sees Dachshund but I’m not too sure. One thing we both agree on is there is definitely some Beagle in there. A couple of their brothers and sisters looked like they could have been pure bred Beagles, floppy ears and all. Shortly after bringing our puppies home they started making a very strange noise. We thought they might have had kennel cough. But, after talking to their vet and doing a little research we found out they have a condition called “reverse sneezing”. This condition can happen to any dog but, is very common in Beagles. We had never experienced condition like this before and it made us start to think. What other issues should we look out for? Knowing exactly what breeds they truly are would be so beneficial.
Knowing the breed (or breeds) of our dogs is very important when it comes to providing quality care for our little friends. Having access to reliable breed ancestry information can be critical for the nutrition, training and overall health care of your pets. A little piece of mind can go a long way. Mars Veterinary is the leader in canine genetic testing. Their new Wisdom Panel 3.0 covers over 250 different breeds and variations. Including all those recognized by the American Kennel Club. As well as, mixed, designer, and pure breeds. It also test for the MDR1 genetic mutation which happens to be very common in mixed breeds. This is a multi-drug resistance mutation which limits the absorption and distribution of many medicines. It is vital that your vet knows if you dog has this mutation to provide proper care as many typical medications will not be as effective as they should be.
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