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August 1, 2019 – What’s your dog been rolling in? Here, at Morris Animal Foundation, we are rolling in golden retrievers! The Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is about to start its 8th year. We have collected years of lifestyle, nutrition and health data along with hundreds of thousands of samples – blood, hair, nails, and lots of poop – from our cohort of 3,000+ golden retrievers. And the fun is just beginning.

Many of the dogs in the Study are just entering their middle-aged years and we continue to collect data and samples as they age. This will allow us to create a robust snapshot of the dog’s health lifecycle from pups, under the age of two, throughout their lifetimes. We also are starting to dive into the Study data to help answer some early life health questions, such as what the data tell us about spay and neuter.

August 26 is National Dog Day, a day to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure, and to celebrate how our furry friends impact our daily lives. From August 1 to 26, please join a special anonymous Morris Animal Foundation donor to support the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Your gift will help us give back to the dogs that make each and every day every bit better.  Now it’s our turn to make their lives better too, and this Study is poised to do just that.

Thanks to our donor’s generosity and vision, for a third year in a row, donations during Morris Animal Foundation’s National Dog Day campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, now through August 26, up to $50,000.

When our donor lost her beloved golden retriever Cody to cancer, she was overcome with grief. She wanted to make an impactful gift that could help other dogs have longer, healthier lives. She became a dedicated supporter of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, recognizing the lifelong potential of this groundbreaking work.

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, which began in 2012, is one of the most extensive investigations ever undertaken in veterinary medicine. The $32 million study gathers information on more than 3,000 golden retrievers throughout their lives to identify the nutritional, environmental, lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases in dogs. Its primary goal is to reveal potential risk factors that may lead to the development of four types of cancers common in golden retrievers – hemangiosarcoma, mast cell tumors, and lymphoma and osteosarcoma, two cancers which are dramatically similar to the same cancers in humans.

Please consider making a gift today. Your support will help researchers find solutions for cancers and other serious health issues facing our dogs, including better health screens, diagnostics and treatments.

We are entering the golden era of canine health research. Like a motherload in a mine, the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study data is deep and rich. As we collect and analyze more and more data and samples, what we find will help shape veterinary care for our dogs, today and tomorrow.