When I received a Wisdom Panel® DNA Kit for a gift earlier this year, I was so excited to get the background on the latest rescue addition to our family, Holly. We’d had lengthy family discussions about what her possible breeds could be, especially since she has such a fiercely loyal, but otherwise shy and timid personality.
Holly all grown up!
I knew if I was this excited, some of you would be as well, so we are so pleased to announce our giveaway in collaboration with Wisdom Panel®. Two lucky readers will receive a kit to find out the lineage of their best friend, too, and all you have to do to win is take your best guess at Holly’s results!*
We spoke with the people at Wisdom Panel® to get some background on this wonderful product.
“The value of Wisdom Panel® is that by owners understanding the breeds that make up their dog’s ancestry they can have better insight into their dog’s behaviors, possible breed-related health issues, and overall nutritional needs,” explains Angela Hughes, DVM PhD, Veterinary Geneticist with Mars Veterinary. “These insights can help owners tailor a training program that helps to encourage positive behaviors and provide their vet with important breed information for health records and nutritional guidance.”
Wisdom Panel® customers have also learned that discovering their dogs’ ancestry has more than just superficial benefits. Katie Maldonado, DVM, MPH, MS, who is the Customer Care Manager with Mars Veterinary, tells us her most meaningful experience to date.
“We recently had a call from a customer who had tested their dog and found Shar Pei in her ancestry. Shortly thereafter the dog became very ill, very quickly. The owner took her to the vet and they began running tests but could not diagnose the cause of the illness. Right as they were about to begin another round of very costly testing, the owner told the vet that they had recently done a DNA test. As soon as the vet heard Shar Pei in the results, he had an “Ah ha!” moment and diagnosed Shar Pei fever. The dog was quickly treated and the owner was not out what may have been thousands on more testing.”
To learn more about the Wisdom Panel® kits and processes, head over to their website.
*To enter our giveaway, head over to Facebook and leave a comment on the official post with your best guess at Holly’s background. If multiple correct entries are received, a drawing will be held to determine the winners. Contest ends Sept. 14.
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