Noted Austin, Texas, Veterinarian Pans for Gold
Dr. John Faught, medical director of the Firehouse Animal Health Center* in Austin, Texas, is looking for a few good Golden Retrievers—Retrievers, that is.
The veterinarian is offering his support to Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the most important observational study ever undertaken to improve canine health. Dr. Faught appears regularly on Austin’s NBC affiliate station, KXAN, and has told Austin viewers about the importance of the study. He says he’s very excited about the study’s potential benefits.
“With this much data being created, we don’t even know yet the extent of knowledge we will gain,” he says. “I believe the study will shed light on cancer and other health issues in Golden Retrievers. What scientists learn from the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study could extend to other breeds and even to human medicine, depending on what links may be found.”
The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is enrolling 3,000 purebred Golden Retrievers younger than 2 years of age and following them throughout their lives. Owners work directly with their dogs’ veterinarians, who perform a study examination and sample collection each year and report their findings about the dog’s health directly to the study team. Owners also complete an annual questionnaire about their dogs.
“We are currently seeing a lot of young Golden Retrievers in our practice. We inform owners about the study and are available as a resource to them,” Dr. Faught says. He adds, “Many Golden Retriever owners have shown interest in becoming a part of the greater community of Golden Retrievers and making a contribution through this study.”
To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.
*The Firehouse Animal Health Center in Austin, Texas, has connections to Morris Animal Foundation’s home in Denver, Colorado. The first Firehouse Animal Health Center was built near downtown Denver in 2004 by Dr. Jed Rogers, and it quickly became a fixture in the neighborhood. The name of the business came from the 100-year-old building, which has always housed a business with the word “firehouse” in its name. Dr. Rogers and his partner, Dr. John Faught, decided to build the newest Firehouse facility in Austin, in the Davenport Village Shopping Center in Westlake.