No. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a closed cohort. Enrollment began in 2012 and ended in 2015 when we reached full enrollment of 3,000 dogs (the actual number was 3,044). We are now collecting data on our enrolled dogs – our cohort – until the end of the Study.
We currently have no plans to do a similar study (a long-term, prospective study) in other breeds of dogs or cats. Morris Animal Foundation funds many other types of health studies, including clinical trials and genetic studies, in other dog breeds as well as general canine health studies and many feline studies, too.
Four scientific papers have been published. One paper focuses on the structure of the Study, and another on the baseline demographics of the cohort. A recently published paper from Embark Inc., which used data from the Study, showed the effect of inbreeding on fertility. The fourth paper looks at the relationship between timing of spay/neuter and the development of obesity and non-traumatic orthopedic injury. As scientific/epidemiological findings develop over time, we will publish this information in scientific journals and share on our website, through email, in press releases and on social media.
You can sign up to receive the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study email. This monthly digital update gives you the latest information on the Study, as well as scientific highlights and a chance to meet some of our enrolled participants.
The Study team – 855.4GR.DOGS (855.447.3647) – is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST. Or, send an email with your question to [email protected].
Yes. Any and all data collected on these dogs is beneficial. Please contact the Study team at 855.4GR.DOGS (855.447.3647) or [email protected] as soon as possible to learn how to resume Study participation.
Once a dog is in the Study, the annual study visits should occur at approximately the same time each year. It is possible to request a change to the dog’s Study visit annual target date by contacting the Study team at 855.4GR.DOGS (855.447.3647) and requesting an, “anniversary date change.”
We recommend not changing your dog’s anniversary date frequently, but establish a time of year that sets you up for success in completing your Study visit requirement. Please discuss any schedule changes with your veterinarian to determine the best scheduling option.
Dogs may not have any food for 12 hours prior to the annual Study exam. They may have water during that time.
Laboratory results from each annual Study visit are uploaded to your veterinarian’s study account within three to five business days. You also can view these results on your dog’s Lab Results tab at morrisanimalfoundation.org/golden-retriever-lifetime-study once the veterinarian has shared the results with you.
The Golden Age project is a new, optional part of the Study. Golden Age is a brief questionnaire about your dog’s mobility and behavior that you’ll be responding to every six months to help track subtle, health-related changes in your Study dog. We’ll use the data generated to guide new research into normal and abnormal dog aging processes. You will continue as normal with your Annual Owner Questionnaire for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
No, this is optional. You may opt in at any time. You may wish to discuss opting in with your Study veterinarian ahead of time, as they will need to complete a separate questionnaire (similar to the one you’ll complete) about your dog, but only once a year with your dog’s Annual Study Visit.
You can opt in by logging into your Study portal page at https://grls.morrisanimalfoundation.org/. There you’ll find an educational video about the Golden Age questionnaire and will be given the option to opt in your Study dog(s). You can opt out at any time.
To opt out of Golden Age, please contact the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Team.
Your dog’s score reflects tabulations from the answers you gave in the questionnaire and will likely change over time with your dog’s health-related changes. What we hope to learn is what the score can tell us about your dog’s health, if this scoring tool can be used to assess and predict health outcomes, and if it proves valuable for monitoring. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health as related to the factors addressed in the questionnaire, we encourage you to discuss them with your veterinarian.
You can access the training webinar at any time on the Golden Age page through your Study Portal. You can find the link on the left-hand side of your portal page.