This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0
A few years ago, our Kizzy girl developed some skin issues that caused her to be pretty itchy all the time. We weren’t able to take her to the vet at the time to find out what the issues were so we just started doing our own research. We had tried so many different things from Apple Cider Vinegar sprayed on the spots the seem the worst and in her food, to vegetable oil in her bath, but none of it worked.
Turns out that she is allergic to herself, or more precisely, the natural oils that she produces. It’s actually very common with her breed and we would have known that if we had known what she really was. When we got her, we were told that she was a full bred Pit Bull, but after doing some research, we came to the conclusion that we thought she was a Boxador, or Boxer and Labrador mixed.
We were half wrong, she is in fact half Boxer and half Pit and many of BOTH breeds suffer from these allergies and according to her vet, the combination of the 2 breeds make her even more likely to suffer. The problem is that we spent 6 years in the dark as to what breed(s) she was without that knowledge, we were clueless as to how to help her, and other potential health concerns down the road such as heart disease, cancer and chronic ear infections, which Kizzy is currently being treated for.
I wasn’t able to find out what Kizzy was in time to keep her from suffering too much, but we are looking to add a furbaby to the house and I want to be 100% certain what that pup is and what concerns I need to worry about down the road. That is where genetic testing comes in with Mars Veterinary, the industry leader in canine genetic testing, they are launching their next evolution of the canine DNA test—Wisdom Panel® 3.0— and is not only expanding the breed screening coverage, but the medical applications as well with the new MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening.
MDR1 or Multi-Drug Resistance 1 is a genetic mutation found in some herding and sighthound breeds, as well as many mixed-breed dogs. The MDR1 gene is responsible for production of a protein called P-glycoprotein. The P-glycoprotein molecule is a drug transport pump that plays an important role in limiting drug absorption and distribution (particularly to the brain) and enhancing the excretion/elimination of many drugs used in dogs.
Dogs with the MDR1-mutation 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 results with their veterinarian so they can provide the dog with for the best possible care. For more information on breeds and drugs affected by the MDR1 mutation, visit MDR1 Disease Screening.
With the Wisdom Panel® 3.0, they can screen over 250+ breeds and provide ancestry information going back the great grandparents, and of course screen for the MDR1-mutation. They can also make weight predictions that helps owners with proper nutrition and diet. Having this information is great for owners, not only for the reasons I have listed, but also training, knowing a dogs behavior characteristics can help determine the proper training regime.
Tests can even be done at home with 2 simple swabs, sent to the lab, more convenient for owners for sure, but if you live in Arizona, they are doing swabbings for $39.99 at the Holiday Pet Festival in Scottsdale this Saturday, December 5, 2015. Or you can pick up a home kit for $49.99!