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Dog owner and veterinarian show dedication to Golden health

By Ben Snodgress

Golden Retriever owners are as loyal to their breed as their Goldens are to them. That’s why our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study has caught the attention of veterinarians and dog owners across the country, including participants Dr. Michael Lappin and Nancy Bishop in Massachusetts.

“It didn’t take any thought on my part to decide to support the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study,” says Dr. Lappin, who is participating as both an owner and a veterinarian. “For the past 25 years, I have been driven by the need to do as much as I can to help this wonderful breed enjoy a longer, healthier life.”

As a veterinarian and an active member of the Golden Retriever–owning community, Dr. Lappin has seen more than his share of canine cancer.

“The trend has been a decreasing life span, punctuated by sudden, untimely deaths,” he says. “It has been heartbreaking in my 40 years as a practicing veterinarian to see young, seemingly healthy Golden Retrievers struck down in what should be the prime of their lives.”

Dr. Lappin and his client Nancy Bishop share a love of Golden Retrievers and a desire to create a healthy future for the breed, which is why Nancy joined the study with her dog Journey.

“I have been involved in making our beloved Golden Retrievers as healthy as we can since my first Golden Retriever back in the 1980s was diagnosed with hip dysplasia,” says Nancy, who is a breeder, a certified veterinary technician and a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner. “I would have liked to have all my dogs participate in the study, but only Journey met the age requirement.”

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a groundbreaking effort to learn how to prevent cancer and other diseases.
It is the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken to improve the health of dogs. This initiative gives hope to all dog lovers because what is learned about Golden Retrievers will likely help all breeds in the battle against cancer.

“My hope is that the study can gather information that will help generations to come and alleviate some of these diseases, or at least find treatments that will improve the quality of dogs’ lives,” Nancy says. “I am so excited to be part of this groundbreaking study to help my dogs as well as many other dogs worldwide.”


Categories: Canine cancer , Canine health, Veterinary research
June 3, 2013