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Update v17-3

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Update v17-3

In our last newsletter, we talked about genetics and its importance as we interpret results from the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. In this issue, we’re going to talk about epigenetics. In short, epigenetics are cellular mechanisms that change gene expression without altering the actual genetic code.>

Health Tip

If your dog crosses paths with a venomous snake, there are a few key things to remember. Snakebites can vary in severity dependent upon the type of snake, the bite location, and amount of venom released. While the mortality rate from snakebites is low, symptoms can be delayed. If your dog is bitten by a snake, see your veterinarian immediately. Prompt action could save your dog from unnecessary discomfort, and possibly save their life.

Team Introduction – Annie Li

By Carol Borchert, Director of Communications

We’d like to introduce you to our newest member of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study team, Volunteer Manager Annie Li. Annie will be helping out our wonderful study volunteers and assisting them in their efforts to promote and support the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Annie is delighted to be part of the team and is looking forward to growing the program in the coming years.>

Understanding Research Studies: A Matter of Design

By Kelly Diehl, DVM, Scientific Writer and Researcher

Improving our understanding of disease or developing new treatments requires careful study design. As a research funding organization, we’re very familiar with different types of medical study design. For Golden Retriever Lifetime Study participants, navigating the terminology, the pros and cons, and the mechanics of different types of studies can be challenging. To help put some context to the scientific study world, let’s start by reviewing some common types of study designs and how the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study fits into these categories.>

Lumps and Bumps

By Sharon Albright, DVM, CCRT, Study Veterinarian

Finding a lump or bump while petting or grooming your dog is common, but knowing what to do next is not always easy. The only way to know for sure if a lump is benign or malignant is to have it surgically removed and examined by a pathologist. But before you rush your dog to surgery, let’s review the steps to take after a new lump or bump is found.>

Health Tip

If your dog crosses paths with a venomous snake, there are a few key things to remember. Snakebites can vary in severity dependent upon the type of snake, the bite location, and amount of venom released. While the mortality rate from snakebites is low, symptoms can be delayed. If your dog is bitten by a snake, see your veterinarian immediately. Prompt action could save your dog from unnecessary discomfort, and possibly save their life.

Event Highlight: Hero Parade and National Specialty

The 2017 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty will be held from September 22 through September 30, 2017, in Salisbury on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore, and at nearby venues in Maryland and Delaware. The theme of this year’s Specialty is “Paws and Claws” and will be hosted by the Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club. The week-long event is a showcase of the versatile golden retriever and boasts many fun activities and events.

The Golden Retriever Club of America generously provides Morris Animal Foundation time in the main show arena to showcase our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Parade of Heroes. The Hero Parade this year is scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from noon to 1 p.m. (time dependent on judge’s lunch break). This annual event provides Morris Animal Foundation and our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study team an opportunity to highlight and honor the dedication of our study participants.

Learn more and sign up to participate in this year’s Parade of Heroes. A donation of $5 is suggested per entry. Deadline for entry is August 23, 2017. Entries are limited to 75 dogs. In addition to the popular parade, special stories will be read during the parade. After the event, remaining story submissions will be available online.

In additional to the Parade of Heroes, Morris Animal Foundation will have a table in the exhibitor area. Stop by and learn more about the progress of the study and the other great work that is made possible through research funded by Morris Animal Foundation. We’ll also be offering a pre-sale of our 2018 Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Hero limited edition calendar for a minimum donation of $25 each.

 

Hero Highlight

When Dr. Gayln Snair first read about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, she had no idea that a special golden retriever was about to enter her life and bring her into the study as both study veterinarian and participant owner. Read More.

Coming Soon: 5-Year Anniversary

It started out as a conversation in the back of a cab between a world-renowned researcher in canine cancer, and a woman whose family name is synonymous with advancing veterinary medicine. They were discussing a large impediment to improving canine health – there were no long-term, prospective studies that focused on understanding the genetic, environmental, nutrition and lifestyle risk factors that may be contributing to disease in our dogs – particularly cancer. >