There is something about having a pet that makes me feel complete. Perhaps it’s because I have been a pet owner for as long as I can remember, but more likely it’s because of how much a dog loves its owner. There is something so comforting about knowing my pups will always be waiting at home by the door with a wag of their tail to greet me. Unfortunately, I’ve learned through the years that there is more to caring for pets than just showering them with love.
Within this post, I’ll share some tips on how to keep your pet safe, as well as how to provide the best care possible for your furry friends. Many of them you will already know, while one in particular may surprise you. It pertains to all breeds, including mixed-breeds, so keep reading.
Summer Pet Tips:
Hot Paws: Dogs love to take walks with their owners. It’s a fun time to get exercise for both dogs and owners and spend quality time bonding. However, walking during the hot summer months can be very hard on a dogs little paws. To help keep your dog safe on walks, keep them in grassy areas or move your walks to the evening when the cement has had time to cool off.
Water: While it is always imperative for pets to have fresh water, it becomes extremely important during summer months. Be sure that clean water is accessible to your pet at all times. I have seen pet owners that use buckets to provide water. In theory this works, but it must be changed out frequently to keep it fresh.
Cars: Most of us have pets that enjoy a nice car ride, especially when it’s a pretty day outside. I am all for taking pets along to run through a drive thru or go check the mail even on a sunny day, BUT….. If you are going to make a stop that requires you leaving the car, leave your fur babies at home. Even a short stop can be long enough to be deadly to a pet. It’s not worth the risk I can promise you.
Wisdom Panel 3.0
Some of the best dogs I have ever owned were ones that I had no idea what their breed was. Oh, I had a few ideas as to what they were mixed with, but it was never confirmed. To be honest, I didn’t care what breed of dog they were. All I knew was that they loved me and I loved them.
One thing I never realized was that knowing the genetic makeup of a dog can be a life saver.
So why is it important?
With millions of mixed breeds in the world learning about the breeds ancestry can help provide information on nutrition, training and overall healthcare. Especially in mixed-breeds it’s important to be able to lookout for any breed specific health concerns or common issues that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Wisdom Panel 3.0 by Mars Veterinary is a canine DNA test that covers over 250 different breeds. These breeds include mixed-breeds, designer breeds and purebred dogs. It is a simple DNA test that can be done in the comfort of your pets home by quickly swabbing between the gum and cheek for 15 seconds. Once received by the lab, you will have results within approximately 2-3 weeks. The Wisdom Panel 3.0 provides information back to the great-grandparent level, MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening, and a predicted weight profile.
MDR1 Genetic Mutation Screening
In case you are like me and don’t know what a MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening is, here is a quick rundown.
According to information provide by Mars Veterinary, 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 and enhancing the excretion/elimination of many drugs used in dogs.
For more information on breeds and drugs affected by the MDR1 mutation, visit http://www.wisdompanel.com/MDR1_Disease_Screening or talk with your pets veterinarian.
Wisdom Panel is hosting several events that will be offering discounted DNA kits. If you attend the event with your pet and do the DNA test on-site, the cost is $39.99. If you prefer to take the kit home, the cost is $49.99. Here is a list of upcoming events that you will be able to attend for the discounted prices.
- June 4-7: GoPRO Mountain Games in Vail, CO – Swabbing on site
- August 1st: Amazing Pet Expo in Austin, TX – Swabbing on site
- TBD October: Mars Pet Adoption Fair in Franklin, TN – Swabbing on site
- December 5th: Amazing Pet Expo Holiday in Los Angeles CA. – Swabbing on site.
Visit Wisdom Panel online for information or to purchase a kit.
Nobody expects their beloved furry friend to escape from their home and go missing. The sad truth is that is happens! In the past two months alone, my kids and I have found 2 dogs that got out of their families house on accident. One family was having work done and the workers let him out and the other I am not sure how he got loose.
Thank goodness that the first little fellow had a microchip, because he wasn’t wearing a collar. As soon as we got him into the car, we were able to run him to a local vet and have him scanned for a microchip. In less than 45 minutes, he was back home with his family and safe.
Getting microchipped is a smart way to provide peace of mind to you as the owner and to your pet. It is relatively inexpensive and can be done quickly and easily at your local vet. Animal shelters or low cost spay and neuter clinics very often provide the service as well at a reduced cost.
Keeping pets safe and providing them with the best life possible is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. If you have tips or things that pet owners should know, please leave them below in the comments.
This post was sponsored by Mars Veterinary for Wisdom Panel 3.0. All opinions are 100% my own, including the cute little guys in the pictures.