Although lymphoma is a common tumor in dogs, causes and risk factors remain unknown. In humans, lymphoma appears to be associated with chemicals in the environment. Researchers want to know if the same holds true for dogs. The team will analyze blood and urine samples from 60 Golden Retriever Lifetime Study dogs diagnosed with lymphoma. Data will be compared to 60 age- and sex-matched healthy dogs from the Study that will serve as a control group. The team hopes to discover if exposure to environmental chemicals is associated with lymphoma, and with early DNA damage or molecular changes in golden retrievers. If successful, findings will shed light on potential modifiable risk factors for the development of lymphoma in dogs.
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lauren Trepanier, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVCP