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New Initiative Looks at Long-term Canine Health

By Michael Guy, DVM, MS, PHD

Veterinarians invited to participate in landmark study

Morris Animal Foundation recently launched a study that may become the most influential veterinary study to date—and we want your help.

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is the first study under the Foundation’s Canine Lifetime Health Project, an initiative that offers dog lovers and veterinarians the opportunity to join a nationwide effort to create a healthier tomorrow for dogs and to participate in studies that improve canine health.

We are currently recruiting 3,000 Golden Retrievers—along with their owners and veterinarians—into this lifelong, longitudinal study to determine the incidence of cancer and other important canine diseases. Enrollment information can be found at www.Caninelifetimehealth.org.

As a participating veterinarian, you would be asked to do the following for your client’s participating Golden Retriever:

  • Perform a health screening examination and review the dog’s history to determine its eligibility for the study
  • Perform a complete physical examination annually and report findings
  • Annually, collect samples of blood,urine, stool, hair and nail clippings and ship them to laboratories for analysis and long-term biorepository storage.

Once a year, owners will complete online questionnaires regarding their dogs’ health, travel history, diet, environment and reproductive history. Owners and veterinarians will also use the online system to record important details regarding other veterinary visits during the year

Ranger—the first Golden Retriever to become officially enrolled in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

Participating in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is an excellent way for you to strengthen a long-term relationship with your clients. Dedicated dog owners participating in this study will need a similarly dedicated veterinarian to provide their dog’s care.

This is also an opportunity for you to reach out to clients who own Golden Retrievers and to Golden Retriever owners in your community who are not yet your clients.

If you do not wish to participate in the study, but would like to stay informed, we invite you to sign up. You will receive email updates on the project and will be notified of new studies involving other breeds under the Canine Lifetime Health Project.


Posted by MAF on October 24, 2012.

Categories: Canine cancer , Canine health, Veterinary research

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Submitted by Dojidog at: November 16, 2012
Too bad you are limiting to 2y/o and under. There is a wealth of information to be gained for older dogs who owners have reversed cancer and from owners that understand it is preventative rather than corrective that will prevail. Good luck with helping the golden kids.