Calling all Golden Retrievers!
We all know that cancer affects an enormous number of people; most of us probably know someone affected by cancer or have participated in some sort of cancer fundraiser, whether it was a walkathon, bake sale or simply writing a check. But cancer isn’t just a major health issue for humans. In fact, cancer is the leading cause of death in all dogs over the age of two and kills more than half of all Golden Retrievers.
Luckily, just as there is cancer research being done for humans, there is also research being done to help improve the health of dogs and minimize their health risks. The Morris Animal Foundation is performing one such observational study, the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, which aims to help researchers discover methods of cancer prevention and treatment in Golden Retrievers.
If you’re a Golden Retriever owner who is over 18 years of age and living in the United States, participating in this study is a wonderful way to help improve the lives of future generations of Golden Retrievers. While participation in the study does require a commitment throughout your dog’s lifetime, involvement is simple and involves selecting a veterinarian, completing online questionnaires and visiting the veterinarian for annual exams and sample collections.
Plus, the participation commitment seems small compared to the enormity of the study’s potential benefits! Participating in the study can help researchers identify factors that could affect a dog’s risk of getting cancer, factors that could increase the risks of other major diseases, methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases, all of which will contribute to the overall health and well-being of dogs everywhere.
If you’d like to learn more about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study or are interested in participating, be sure to visit the Morris Animal Foundation online. You’ll be able to read through frequently asked questions and get a better idea for whether you and your dog are a good match for the study. Go online today and you could be helping Goldens everywhere before you know it!