Researchers will explore how social factors affect lifestyle choices such as diet selection and physical activity. The team will see if these choices impact cancer risk in golden retrievers enrolled in Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
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Researchers will study factors associated with otitis externa, a common ear infection in dogs, as well as treatments prescribed for this condition, using data from the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
Researchers will study the structure and function of mitochondria (the cells’ energy source) and the role it may play in an emerging form of dilated cardiomyopathy, a common heart disease that affects large- and giant-breed dogs.
Researchers will use behavioral tests and stress hormone analysis to assess a horse’s impulsivity and coping abilities in stressful situations that may lead to mental and physical health issues, poor welfare and/or problematic behaviors.
Researchers will study how changes in the gut’s microbial composition may contribute to chronic intestinal disorders and associated inflammation in dogs and if dietary supplements can help alleviate clinical signs for these patients.
Researchers are studying if hemangiosarcoma subtypes influence how affected dogs respond to treatment – a step toward precision medicine for these patients.
Researchers will develop statistical breeding models to help reduce hemangiosarcoma incidence in dog breeds.