Golden Retriever Lifetime Study
In September 2012, Morris Animal Foundation launched the largest prospective research study ever conducted in veterinary medicine. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is recruiting 3,000 purebred Golden Retrievers, their owners and their veterinarians into a lifelong observational study to evaluate the influence of genetics, diet and environment on the incidence of cancer and other diseases.
Every year, for the lifetime of their enrolled dog, owners will complete a detailed online questionnaire about their dog and they must take their dogs to their veterinarian annually for a physical examination and collection of blood, urine, feces, hair and nail clippings.
The veterinarian enters the exam results into an online database and ships samples to a biorepository for long-term storage, where they will be made available to future researchers for additional studies.
Morris Animal Foundation still needs the help of dedicated veterinarians to reach the recruitment goal of 3,000 dogs.
Dogs eligible for enrollment
· Must be a healthy, purebred Golden Retriever
· Have a verifiable three-generation pedigree
· Be younger than 2 years of age
· Reside in the contiguous United States
You can register yourself as a veterinarian willing to participate, and you can also increase awareness with the following steps:
1. Review your client database for owners of Golden Retrievers younger than 2 years of age
2. Contact those owners and encourage them to apply to the study
3. Help us spread the word – tell your clients and colleagues about the study and provide brochures in your waiting room
For more information or to become part of research history. Visit https://www.caninelifetimehealth.org/ or email 4Dogs@CanineLifetimeHealth.org .