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Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

Update v17-2

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Update v17-2

As we get further into the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, study participants will be hearing more about genetic research. Many of us are familiar with the genetic screening tests breeders use to see if their dogs are good candidates for breeding, but the genetic story is so much bigger than that! >

Health Tip

Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a parasitic filarial worm that is spread to dogs (and other pets) through mosquito bites. Heartworm disease can be fatal, and cases have been seen in all 50 states. The parasite can be acquired year-round in most regions, so the American Heartworm Society recommends yearly testing for heartworm as well as year-round prevention. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study includes the heartworm test as part of a study dog’s annual lab work. Your veterinarian can advise you on recommended preventives for your dog.

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Team Introduction

Dr. Rodney Page

By Sharon Albright, DVM, CCRT, Study Veterinarian

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is one of the most ambitious studies ever undertaken in veterinary medicine. It takes an extraordinary person to shepherd a program that has over 3,000 canine participants, hundreds of dog owners and supporters, and hundreds of thousands of data points, and we’re lucky to have Dr. Rodney Page as the principal investigator for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.>

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Understanding:

New Advances in Cancer Treatments

By Kelly Diehl, DVM, Scientific Writer and Researcher

Cancer remains an important cause of illness and death in dogs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 6 million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year. Several surveys, including a recent survey of CLHP participants, reveal that cancer is a top concern for dog owners. The good news for dog owners is that new treatment strategies to fight human cancer are making their way into veterinary medicine, giving hope to the many dogs diagnosed with cancer each year. >

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Pet Grief

By Carol Borchert, Director of Communications

It’s not uncommon after the loss of one pet for owners to be concerned about the well-being of any remaining pets. The loss of a companion animal can be a difficult life event for pet owners, but the loss also may affect other animals in the household. A recent Morris Animal Foundation-funded study of owner-reported observations indicates there are a number of common behavioral changes to look for in dogs and cats after a companion animal in their home dies.>

Health Tip

Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a parasitic filarial worm that is spread to dogs (and other pets) through mosquito bites. Heartworm disease can be fatal, and cases have been seen in all 50 states. The parasite can be acquired year-round in most regions, so the American Heartworm Society recommends yearly testing for heartworm as well as year-round prevention. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study includes the heartworm test as part of a study dog’s annual lab work. Your veterinarian can advise you on recommended preventives for your dog.

Study Resources

By Erin Searfoss, Study Director

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Wondering about the latest data from the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study? Need help with an annual questionnaire? Want to see where the team is traveling to next? All these questions are answered on the study website.

Improving communication with our study participants is an ongoing process. We recently updated the Resources section for our various constituents. The hope is that the respective sections for study participants, veterinarians and volunteers will serve as a digital library of useful information.

Each time you go to the website, you’ll see new featured stories or highlighted events. The team is dedicated to providing helpful information and keeping that information up to date. We encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the various facets of the site. For example, Frequently Asked Questions is another great source for study participants. You’ll find answers to many of the most common questions we’ve heard from participants over the course of the study.

How we interact with each other, gain information, and learn new things is constantly evolving. Our website is designed with one thought in mind – to communicate with you, our visitors. If you have any suggestions about the website, we would love to hear from you. Please send your comments to the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study team by email at grdogs@caninelifetimehealth.org.

Volunteer of the Year

“Our mom, Gail Ingrish, has always been Best-in-Show in our view. We’re so happy that, this year, she’s Best-in-Show in yours.” Read More.

Fundraising Highlight: Generous End-of-Year Giving

The generosity of donors around the world and in Colorado shone especially brightly on #Giving Tuesday, held November 29, and Colorado Gives Day, held December 6, last year. Almost $50,000 was raised between both giving days to support critical animal health research at Morris Animal Foundation. >