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Dog DNA Testing Easy with Wisdom Panel 3.0

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 29, 2015 | Categories: Dogs, Pets

This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. I think dog DNA testing can be an important resource for mixed breed dog owners.

Wisdom Panel Logo Dog DNA testing

I’ve been owned by several dogs in my life, some purebreds some mutts, and have loved them all equally. I’ve never known a dog I didn’t like, really. As I type this our fur baby, Baxter, a male Shih Tzu, is lying at my feet. He is the sweetest little doggie and a huge part of our family.

Baxter our Shih Tzu dog DNA testing

We know he is a Shih Tzu because we got him from a private breeder who provided us with all his papers. Plus he is AKC registered, but we’ve had mutts before and always wondered what breeds they were a mix of… like our Roscoe.

Roscoe came with our house. What I mean by that is, when we bought our home the owners couldn’t take him and asked us if we would keep him. Well, this was already his home and we couldn’t imagine uprooting him from the only home he knew and from the only humans he knew at the same time. Roscoe proved to be great company for our Basset Hound, Aries.

Wisdom Panel 3.0 dog dna testing mixed breed

We were never quite sure what breeds Roscoe was a mix of, but always wanted to know. Sadly, Roscoe passed away a few years ago, so we will never know what breeds made up his lineage. If we had done a canine DNA test, who knows, he may have had a few more years with us because we would know better how to take care of him. 

Knowing a dog’s ancestry provides an owner with critical health information since certain breeds of dogs have certain medical issues that can be specific to certain breeds. There are millions of mixed-breed dog owners in the U.S., and having access to reliable breed ancestry information can be critical for not only their mutt’s nutrition, but for training and the overall healthcare of their furry family member. 

I think it’s important to understand the breeds that make up our dogs so we can take care better care of them and in some cases it can provide lifesaving information with dog DNA testing.

Wisdom Panel 3.0 Dog DNA testing

Dog DNA Testing

Thanks to Mars Veterinary, the industry leader in canine genetic testing, for launching their next evolution in dog DNA testing, Wisdom Panel® 3.0and is not only expanding the breed screening coverage, but the medical applications as well with the new MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening.

What is MDR1?

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. For more information on breeds and drugs affected by the MDR1 mutation, visit

According to Mars Veterinary, the benefits of DNA testing include…

  • MDR1 mutation testing for drug sensitivity.
  • The ability to develop a training program that works with their natural instincts (breeds) and a better understanding their behavior characteristics.
  • Developing a nutrition plan for breed-specific needs and/or achieving/maintaining healthy weight.
  • Assists in determining what the adult size of your dog might be.
  • Understanding the breeds within your dog, in order to lookout for any breed-specific health concerns or common issues.

About Wisdom Panel:

  • Covers 250+ breeds, types and varieties including all those recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and can be run for mixed-breed, designer, or purebred dogs.
  • Provides ancestry information back to the great-grandparent level, MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening results, and a predicted weight profile.
  • Can be done at home and consists of two swabs that the owner rubs between the gum and the cheek for 15 seconds to collect skin cells for DNA extraction.
  • Results take approximately 2-3 weeks from the time the test reaches the lab.
  • Can be run for mixed-breed, purebred and designer dogs. The owner chooses at the time of kit activation.

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

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

Visit to learn more about how dog DNA testing works and to purchase a kit.

On December 5th Wisdom Panel will be at the Holiday Pet Festival in Scottsdale, AZ, where they will be swabbing and sharing more information about Wisdom Panel® 3.0 and to educate on the benefits of Canine DNA testing. For more information about this event, go to If you live in or near Scottsdale, consumers can swab onsite at the event for a discounted price of $39.99. For those wanting to take home a kit, they can be purchased for the discounted price of $49.99 (MSRP $84.99).

To keep up-to-date on events and product discounts, connect with Wisdom Panel on:

I am sure that at some point we will adopt a shelter dog and if he/she is a mixed-breed, and I know all too well what wonderful dogs mutts can be, it’s nice to know that I can purchase a Wisdom Panel 3.0 Canine DNA Test.

$500 Norstrom Gift Card + Gold iPad Mini

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 26, 2015 | Categories: Giveaways
gold iPad mini and $500 Norstrom gift card giveaway

I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now with Christmas just around the corner and all the shopping it entails, I wanted to bring this great giveaway to my readers… a gold iPad mini and a $500 Nordstrom gift card. GIVEAWAY DETAILS Prize: $500 Nordstrom Gift Card + Gold iPad Mini Shop for loved ones […]

My Favorite PJs + Giveaway

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 24, 2015 | Categories: Fashion, Shopping
My favorite PJs #myfavoritepjs

This is a sponsored post for Richard Leeds International organized by Southern Mom Loves. I found my favorite PJs. Finally! That’s saying a lot for a PJ loving gal like me. It also took a very long time. I’ve tested lots of pajamas over the years and I consider myself a PJ connoisseur. I’ve either […]

We Are All Explorers with This Great Deal at Sierra Trading Post

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 23, 2015 | Categories: Family, Gift Ideas, Outdoors, Shopping
We are all Explorers Sierra Trading Post

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products, and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement, and I wholeheartedly believe We Are All Explorers. One of our favorite things to do as a family is […]

RoC Retinol Resolution Results Update

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 20, 2015 | Categories: Beauty, Skin Care and Beauty
RoC Retinol wrinkle cream #RoCRetinolResolution

This post was sponsored by RoC® Skincare as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. A few weeks ago I shared how I was taking the RoC® RETINOL RESOLUTION so I would be ready to rock the holidays with a smoother and younger looking face. Who wouldn’t want […]

In Nursing, Career-Defining Moments Can Come in All Shapes and Sizes

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 19, 2015 | Categories: Causes, Random Thoughts and Conversations
Nursing Career Word Cloud

Nurses are truly the unsung heroes of the medical world. Not only do they provide essential medical care to each and every patient who crosses their paths, they also afford that vital human connection that is so important to the healthcare industry. This is especially important for patients facing grave illnesses with little chance of […]

DIY Dog Treat Jar – Easy & Interchangeable #NaturalBalance

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Dogs, Pets
DIY Treat Jar Natural Balance healthy dog treats #NaturalBalance

This post is sponsored by Natural Balance, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Natural Balance Wild Pursuit™ or Natural Balance Treats, but Blog by Donna only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Balance is not responsible for the content of […] is Making the Holidays Easier with a Black Friday Promotion

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 18, 2015 | Categories: Holidays and Observances, Photographs, Shopping
Mixbook cards, photo books 50% off

One of my favorite things about the holidays is sending cards and giving personalized gifts to those I love. I love getting mail during the holidays and seeing a personalized greeting card from a loved one, too.  So it is with great pleasure that I share this great deal with you from is […]

Major Food Manufacturer Needs Your Help

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 17, 2015 | Categories: Baking and Cooking, Working at Home
Kitchen Image for communispace post

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Are you the family cook in the kitchen and always making the decisions as to what’s for dinner? A popular major food manufacturer who cares about what your family is eating is looking for some consumers to help support […]

Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixers for Complete Pet Nutrition

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Dogs, Pets
Stella & Chewy's Meal Mixers #KickStartYourKibble

This post is sponsored by Stella & Chewy’s but opinions are my own. Stella & Chewy’s is not responsible for the content of this article. Most of my life, a dog has been a part of it, in one way or another. I’ve had two dogs that were a huge part of my life, a […]