The more information you have about your dog, the better-prepared you are in terms of giving it the right kind of care. And while dogs cannot sit down and provide a narrative of their thoughts and other characteristics, the DNA usually does the talking. However, it is important to use a good DNA test kit that will help you obtain the kind of information you need about your dog’s breed ancestry. The Wisdom Panel 2.5 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit can help you in such an endeavor.
The Wisdom Panel 2.5 was released at the same time with the Wisdom Panel 2.0 in 2013. The only difference between the two is that the WP 2.5 now includes a test for the MDR1 gene mutation, allowing pet parents to have an idea if their dog is multi-drug sensitive or not.
That being said, what you get from a WP 2.0 you can also get from the 2.5. But if you’re interested in knowing whether your dog will be susceptible to multi-drug hypersensitivity, then the WP 2.5 is clearly for you. Otherwise, the WP 2.0 should be enough.
The Wisdom Panel 2.5 comes with everything you get from the 2.0 including 321 genetic markers and about 200 different dog breeds. It definitely is a limited database which could account for the largely inaccurate DNA analyses. There are dog DNA tests in the market that come with at least 250 different breeds in their database as well as 200,000 different genetic markers to give you more accurate results when it comes to the genetic composition of any dog. Regardless, 200 breeds should be fine especially if you’re confident about the ancestry of your hound.
Just like other dog DNA tests, the WP 2.5 is very easy to accomplish. It comes complete with everything you need to obtain a sample from your dog’s cheek for DNA testing and analysis. It also comes with a prepaid shipping label so you’ll never have to worry anymore about sending the sample to Mars Vet. Best of all, you’ll get the DNA report you need in a matter of 2 to 3 weeks.
The veterinary support of Mars is also commendable with resident veterinarians going out of their way to explain discrepancies in the results or even discuss what the DNA test results mean for your dog. Adult predicted weight and breed insights are already standards in these kinds of dog tests so you’ll get them, too, with the WP 2.5.
The Wisdom Panel 2.5 may have been the best in the field during its heyday, but it has been clearly overshadowed by newer and more comprehensive DNA tests for dogs.
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