Golden Retriever Study Opens for Enrollment

Enrollment has begun for the expansive Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, according to Morris Animal Foundation, which is sponsoring the research.

Posted: September 26, 2012, 4 p.m. EDT

Golden RetrieverThe Denver-based foundation aims to enroll 3,000 Golden Retrievers during the next two years.

To qualify, dogs must be in good health and under 2 years old.

The landmark study will track its subjects over their entire lives while their owners and veterinarians document health, nutritional and environmental information. Researchers will use the data to identify ways to better prevent cancer and other diseases in Golden Retrievers.

Information gathered from the study could benefit all dog breeds, the foundation reported Tuesday.

"This study requires a long-term commitment from dog owners and their veterinarians,” says study director Michael Guy, DVM, MS, Ph.D. "We have the potential to learn valuable information that will not only improve canine health but will also significantly advance the entire field of veterinary medicine.”

The foundation enrolled 50 dogs this spring as part of a soft launch and now is opening the study for full enrollment.

The study is part of the foundation’s overarching Canine Lifetime Health Project, which aims to fund studies that address the prevention and treatment of canine diseases.

Sponsors include the Morris family, Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Petco, Pfizer Animal Health, VCA Antech, the Hadley & Marion Stuart Foundation, and Mars Veterinary.

For more information on registering your dog, click here.


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Mark   Erie, Colorado

1/27/2013 6:06:56 PM

My Golden is just over 6 years old and while he is healthy, I find myself worrying more and more about his health. It is tragic what some breeders have done to dog breeds in the name of money. And the health problems that are a result of careless greed. Hopefully this study can help locate and maybe isolate some of the less health lines. And improve the breeds quality of life, along with lessoning the heartache felt families grieving the loss of their Golden.

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Carolyn   Farmington, Connecticut

1/25/2013 2:54:27 PM

I lost my 12 year old, male, Golden to arthritis in his spine this past July. I wish my 5 year old, female Golden was eligible for the study. I wish the foundation well.

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Melian and Tiny   Etna, CA

9/29/2012 11:26:42 PM

Sounds like a great idea!

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