Furry Family + Canine DNA test – Scottsdale

This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Wisdom Panel® 3.0 Canine DNA Test Kit includes:

  • Instructions
  • 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).

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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).

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Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

3 Comments

  • Rachel

    He’s half Boxer and half German Shepherd. Both parents were purebred. Bet someone fixed their fence after that ‘oops’! He’s a great dog, though – Super smart with a kind, quiet disposition. He visits Alzheimer’s patients in a nursing home as a therapy dog every week.

  • Rachel Grimm

    I found an abused dog abandoned on the side of the road 2 years ago. My mom fell in love with him and now they are inseparable. He is such a perfect gentleman, even though he is 90 lbs! My mom had him DNA tested, since we knew nothing of his background. :)

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