Have you heard about the Morris Animal Foundation’s big research project called the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study? 3,000 Goldens, their owners, and veterinarians have signed on to participate in a major health study that seeks to understand the mechanisms of cancer and other diseases in dogs. Researchers hope that the work conducted in this study will lead to better health outcomes for all dogs.
Why conduct a canine cancer study using Golden Retrievers? Sadly, according to the Morris Animal Foundation, 60% of Golden Retrievers will die of cancer. But cancer impacts all sizes, shapes, and breeds of dogs. The Foundation reports that half of all dogs in the U.S. over the age of 10 will die of cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 2.
Sobering facts for dog lovers everywhere. That’s why this long-term study is so important. Over the next 10-14 years, researchers will collect detailed data from the 3,000 Goldens in the study to learn more about canine cancer and hopefully develop improved prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options in the future.
Interested in learning more? The Morris Animal Foundation has lots of great information about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study on its website. While they’ve recruited all of the Goldens needed for the study, you can still get updates on the progress of the research and contribute to the project by visiting the website.
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