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“Keep your paws where we can see them.” This is Piloto, a dog who is achieving worldwide fame for being a totally law abiding citizen. When police in Brazil moved in for a drug bust, Pilato barked at them as they burst onto the scene. But when the perps obeyed the command to lie on the ground, the dog joined them. Officers recovered a large amount of marijuana and cocaine as well as scales for…
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom 3.0 Panel. Opinions are those of the author.
So, if I showed you a picture of a dog, you may be able to tell me a little about him or her.
You would often be able to make some generalizations about temperament-
Or adult size-
But what about when it’s not entirely obvious, as is the case with my friend Karen’s adorable dog Ramone?
He’s been labelled everything from shar-pei to Bernese Mountain Dog to pit bull. Karen doesn’t care, because she evaluated him on an individual basis before deciding he was just perfect, which is what groups with extensive adoption experience like the ASPCA recommend anyway.
On the other hand, there are some good reasons to know the genetic history of a dog beyond the simple novelty of it all. Shelters who have used DNA testing such as the Wisdom panel have found potential adopters really like having a bit of extra information in front of them. For example, my friend adopted a pup about a year ago with a projected weight of 30 pounds who looked pretty similar to these guys:
As of his first birthday, he just topped 50 strapping pounds and still growing.
Or what if you have a dog who might be part Australian shepherd but you’re not sure and he has Demodex? It would be nice to know if he has the MDR1 mutation before taking your chances on a course of ivermectin treatment.
When Mars Veterinary Wisdom panels first came out a while back, people (myself included) had mixed reactions. What started out as a novelty has grown to have some real use. As our knowledge of the canine genome has evolved, so too has the role of DNA testing in dogs, everything from keeping dogs in homes when a misinformed landlord says, “but he LOOKS like a pit bull!” to increasing shelter adoption rates to helping HOAs bust the person who isn’t picking up after their dog’s business in the common area.
The latest version, Wisdom Panel 3.0, has the added benefit of screening for the MDR1 mutation, a test licensed for home use for the first time to Mars Veterinary by Washington State University. The MDR1 mutation is known to affect particular breeds and results in some very specific drug sensitivities.
Over the next six months, the Wisdom Panel Swab-a-thon Tour will be partnering with communities and shelters to swab the DNA of a number of their dogs, with the reports showcased to help match the pets to compatible homes. (I am really excited about the way this is helping shelter pets!) They will also be offering the product to consumers at the events.
The regular test runs $ 84.99, but the Swab-a-thons will offer discounts to pet owners during the events. On April 10, 11, & 12th Wisdom Panel will be hosting the first Swab-a-thon at the America’s Family Pet Expo in Costa Mesa, California. Visitors to the Wisdom Panel booth can take home a discounted kit for $ 49.99. 3 weeks later, you get a report and the results of the MDR1 test for you to discuss with your vet.
Happy sleuthing! Isn’t science neat?
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I went out yesterday fully equipped for the first time to take some pictures using off camera flash. This is what I learned:
- Carrying a lightstand, umbrella and speed-light in one hand and your camera in the other leaves no available hand to pick up poop.
- There is a very small pocket of light that your subject needs to be in. Coulee is fantastic at taking directions but she doesn’t know how to move forward 2 steps or back 1 step… we have to work out a targeting system.
- Umbrellas catch the slightest breeze and fall over – a sandbag, or something is definitely needed. As is another arm to carry that with.
- Putting her on something is a great way to get her to be exactly where you need her to be.
- An assistant would really make things go smoother/faster.
- I have a lot more to learn.
When we first heard about DNA poop testing, we thought it was more than a little funny. It might catch on here and there, but it’s not like any of our dog-loving meccas such as Seattle would really go in for it.
Well, Seattle has really gone in for it.
According to the Seattle Times, a company called BioPet Vet Lab, out of Knoxville, Tenn., has its PooPrints testing kits in 26 apartment and condo complexes and homeowner associations in greater Seattle.
It turns out that Seattleites are not the best at picking up poop. Perhaps it’s the rain. Why else would you let your dog poop in the elevator?
Um, what? The elevator?
Indeed: “There was poop inside the elevators, in the carpeted hallways, up on the roof,” Erin Atkinson, the property manager at Potala Village Apartments, told the Times.
“They’re lazy, I guess,” Atkinson said about the dog owners. “I don’t know why.”
Atkinson's building is among the 26 that has poop testing; she said her complex has about two dozen dogs, and tenants pay a one-time fee of $ 29.95 for DNA testing, which involves rubbing a swab in a dog's inner cheek.
It's been happening since February 2014, and it's been working: One owner was fined five times in one week, for a total of $ 500, before he changed his ways.
"Now people clean up after their dogs,” Atkinson said.
The process by which the poop perpetrators are fingered is sort of gross -- hence the steep fines. It involves collecting the poop in a very particular way. There's even a video tutorial. You see, you need to take a scraping from the "outer crust" of the poop -- “the most cellular-rich area," instructs the narrator of the video.
Also, a good DNA solution has a “milkshake consistency."
After collection, suddenly introspective and contemplative building managers bag up the sample and send it to BioPet, who matches it up with the correct dog.
The residents of Atkinson's building don't have a problem with the testing, which is not surprising considering the turmoil the complex must have gone through during the elevator-and-hallway poop events of an earlier era.
Resident Peggy Williams, who owns a dog named Hershey, is embracing the new technology.
“I thought it was weird, but if that is what it takes.”
Via the Seattle Times
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Love it. Wish I lived there so I could volunteer.
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