This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0
Dogs really become a true family member don’t they? I remember taking this photo when Mr. Wonderful and I were dating, he came to visit me when I was at my parents back in Northern California – this is just down the street at Folsom Lake. I was setting up my camera on a tripod to get it to focus and told Benjamin to hold Paris. A truck of high school boys drove by and it looked as if I was taking a photo of this tall guy with his little dog. The sounds of laughter erupted as they stuck their head out and when I realized what they were laughing about, I started to chuckle too (not telling him what had happened). I told him after we took this photo or else he wouldn’t have posed!
Paris has been living with my parents after I moved to Los Angeles after college graduation, a remission from cancer/anniversary gift to my dad. I saw how much joy Paris brought my dad, so I left him behind. Yes, I named my male dog Paris, it’s so fitting and Paris in Greek mythology was a man.
A few things I love about Paris’s personality:
- He spins in circles when he wants to go outside
- If asked for his opinion, he will sniff treat bags and use his paw to tap which treat he wants
- He licks his lips when he’s hungry or thirsty
- He will jump into an open bag if you tell him to
Paris is full AKC registered with papers but I know there are many pups who are mixed-breed dogs but even knowing or not knowing your dog’s breed, you’re still not sure about their health history – yes, just like family health history!
Wisdom Panel 3.0 is a canine DNA test by canine genetic testing industry leader Mars Veterinary. The test allows mixed-breed dog owners to find reliable breed ancestry information that can be critical for their dog’s nutrition, training and overall healthcare.
For example, your dog might have MDR1 (Multi-Drug Resistance 1) a genetic mutation found in some herding and sighthound breeds, and many mixed-breeds. Dogs with MDR1 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 this information with their veterinarian so they can provide their furry family member with for the best care.
Wisdom Panel® 3.0 covers 250+ breeds and provides ancestry information going back to great-grandpup! It also screens for MDR1 Genetic Mutation, and predicted weight profile.
How it works:
- Can be done at home and consists of two swabs – owner rubs between the gum and cheek for 15 seconds
- Results take 2-3 weeks
- Can be used for mixed-breed, purebred and designer dogs – owner pics at time of kit activation.
Benefits of DNA testing your dog:
- To see if your dog has MDR1 mutation for drug sensitivity
- Develop an effective training program that works with their breed’s natural instincts
- Develop a breed-specific nutrition plan.
- Ability to lookout for any breed-specific health concerns or common issues.
Just in time for Christmas – check out his mean mug! He wasn’t really happy with this, as you can tell by his face. It makes me laugh!
Wisdom Panel® 3.0 Canine DNA Test Kit includes:
- DNA cheek swabs – all for use on one dog
- Drying insert for swabs
- Pre-paid return shipping box
You can find more information and purchase a kit at www.WisdomPanel.com and find the Wisdom Panel 2.0 at select brick and mortar retailers
Live in the greater Phoenix area?
Saturday, December 5 in Scottsdale Arizona, Wisdom Panel will be at the Holiday Pet Festival. You can take your dog to this event and swab onsite for a discounted price of $39.99. If you want a take home kit, they can be purchased for $49.99 (reg. $84.99).
I can’t think of a better way to care for your furry family member. I love their little personalities, I truly think they are one of the sweetest little blessings in life. I can’t wait to see his little face soon, he is now 13 years old (68 in human years).