Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Golden Retriever Lifetime Health Study

If you have a Golden Retriever under 2 years of age, The Morris Animal Foundation invites you to enroll in a study of your dog's health over its lifetime:

This is the email I received from them today:

In September of last year, Morris Animal Foundation launched the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the largest observational study ever conducted in veterinary medicine. The study seeks to recruit 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 development of cancer and other important diseases.
“This is the most exciting study to ever happen in veterinary medicine,” said Morris Animal Foundation’s chief scientific officer, Dr. Wayne Jensen. “We will collect data as these Golden Retrievers age and be able to associate events that happened early in their life with the development of disease later in their life.”
Owners of purebred Golden Retrievers under 2 years of age who live in the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) can apply for the study by registering at After registering, you will receive an email invitation to apply for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. 
Betty White, a big MAF supporter, with friends
The Morris Animal Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to funding research for the benefit of animals worldwide. Since their founding in 1948, they have invested over $30,000,000 in projects that have led to
     Improved treatments for several different canine cancers
     The development of the vaccine for parvovirus
     Diets to manage canine kidney disease
     The first vaccine for feline leukemia
     A successful therapy for eye cancer in horses
     Veterinary care for mountain gorillas
     ...and many other important projects.
I have enrolled Caitlin in the Canine Lifetime Health Project, so I get updates on what they are doing, and, should they have an appropriate project to which she can contribute, I will certainly apply for her to participate.

They are hoping for 3000 Golden Retrievers to participate in the current study. The owners and their vets will provide information on the dogs' diet and health and other information, in the hope of finding causes and cures for cancers and other diseases. About 300 Golden Retrievers are enrolled so far.