I have personally witnessed many Golden Retrievers come down with cancer in the past. And I've now "met" several online blogging friends who have experienced cancer with their own Goldens. It's heartbreaking when our beloved pets become sick, but there are ways to help.
The Morris Animal Foundation is currently conducting the largest and longest observational study ever that is dedicated to improving the health of dogs. The study is called the "Golden Retriever Lifetime Study" and will last 10-14 years and involve 3,000 Golden Retriever dogs. The study will not only help researchers understand cancer in Golden Retrievers better, but will help them understand cancer in all dogs. The study will also help researcher's learn how to prevent other diseases.
If you are over the age of 18, live in the United States and have a Golden Retriever, you may be eligible to participate in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Click here to learn more about how to participate in this program.
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Still not sure if you should join? Here are some compelling reasons why you should enroll your Golden Retriever in this groundbreaking research project:
- Identify ways in which genetics, environment and diet may affect a dog's risk for cancer
- Determine risk factors for other major health disorders in Golden Retrievers
- Learn how to better prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and other canine diseases
- Improve the health of future generations of Golden Retrievers and help create a healthier tomorrow for all dogs
I think it's amazing that the Morris Animal Foundation has put this study together and hope that they are able to gain valuable knowledge from it. Thank you to those who have already enrolled in this project and to those of you who will enroll in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
We may not have the answers to beat cancer just yet, but one day maybe we can figure out a much needed solution.