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September 19, 2016 – This study is gathering valuable data from each of our study dogs during their lives, but at the time of death, there is even more we can learn. To help gather this additional information, and make it as easy as possible for owners and veterinarians, we soon will be distributing Golden Retriever Lifetime Study necropsy kits to those owners who have consented to a necropsy on their study profile.

Owners will receive one packet per dog with full instructions, labels and shipping supplies for samples collected during a necropsy. Since emergencies happen, this kit should remain with each dog’s caregiver so that it can be provided to any veterinarian who may perform the necropsy – your regular study veterinarian, a specialist, emergency clinic veterinarian, or a local pathologist. Make sure your necropsy consent form is up to date on your dog’s study webpage, and remember that your preferences can be changed at any time.

While no one wants to think about their beloved dog’s end of life, please discuss necropsy options with your study veterinarian now, so that your wishes are carried out when the time comes. And we hope that won’t be for a very long time.

Necropsy kits will be shipped "to those owners who have consented to a necropsy on their study profile."