A Golden Retriever – There is Nothing Better
Golden Retriever lover Sandy Higgins is no stranger to canine cancer. As a veterinarian at Parkway Veterinary Hospital in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, Dr. Higgins routinely diagnoses and treats cancer in her patients.
Knowing about the strong connection between cancer and Golden Retrievers, she recently enrolled her own dog, Tessie, in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study as a way to give back to the breed she adores. Tessie, a spunky 10-month-old, is Dr. Higgins’ sixth Golden Retriever.
“If someone asks me what a good family dog would be, I always first and foremost recommend a Golden Retriever. There is nothing better!” she says. Dr. Higgins goes on to state that she always counsels owners on the diseases Golden Retrievers are prone to, including cancer.
Dr. Higgins has not only had to deal with cancer in her patients, but she has lost three of her own Golden Retrievers to the disease, including one that succumbed at the tender age of 5 years. Having lost her own pets and many Golden Retriever patients to cancer over the past 20 years she’s spent as a veterinarian, Dr. Higgins felt obligated to help pursue more information about cancer in such a beloved breed.
“If I can help contribute not only to their longevity, but to their long-term health, and try to minimize their potential to develop a deadly disease, my participation in this study will be well worthwhile” she says.
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