Canine Life Study project for Golden Retrievers follows the Framingham Heart Study model!
Your pet may qualify to participate in the study
In 1948, a cardiovascular research study laid the ground work for our understanding of the risk factors for human cardiovascular disease. By following three generations of participants, we now know that smoking, high blood pressure and inactivity are the primary scientific reasons behind heart disease. This historic study was the catalyst for many other clinical studies that led to the development of most of the cardiac procedures used today to save lives. Using the Framingham study as a model of excellence to emulate, the Morris Foundation has begun a ground breaking study that they hope will lead to life saving treatments for dogs.
The first study,under the Canine Lifetime Health Project umbrella will focus on identifying the genetic, nutritional and environmental risk factors for cancer and other diseases in Golden Retrievers. Enrollees will be age two and younger. Projected to last 10 to 14 years and enroll up to 3,000 dogs, the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study will be the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken to improve the health of dogs.
Golden Retrievers were chosen because more than half of them die of cancer. Although this study involves only Golden Retrievers, the information collected will improve the health of all dog breeds.
What Is Expected of You?
- Agree to participate for the life of your dog
- Select a veterinarian who agrees to participate with you
- Complete online questionnaires regarding your dog’s food type and feeding habits, environmental exposures, behavior/temperament, disease events, etc.
- Visit your dog’s veterinarian for annual exams and sample collection (blood, urine, feces, hair, and toenail clippings)
- When applicable, allow collection of tumor samples for evaluation
- Be willing to consider a necropsy (post mortem examination) when your dog’s life ends
Note: You are responsible for all costs associated with the annual exam, sample collection and laboratory test results. Morris Animal Foundation will reimburse you for up to $75 of these costs per year after verification that the exam and sample collection has been completed. For more information, go to: https://www.caninelifetimehealth.org/#About/GoldenRetrieverLifetimeStudy