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Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

Update v18-1

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Update v18-1

Do you ever wonder how we manage sample collection for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study? To help owners, veterinarians and participants submit the correct samples, the study team provides individualized kits for all study sample collection occasions. Let’s look at each type of kit and how it should be used:

Annual Study Kit
The annual study kit ships to the owner after the owner questionnaire is completed. Owner questionnaires are available on the online study portal 30 days before your dog’s study anniversary. Contact the study team at GRDogs@caninelifetimehealth.org or 855.4GR.DOGS (855.447.3647) if you need to change a dog’s anniversary date.

On-hand Biopsy Kit
Odd study-year kits (study year 3, 5, 7, etc.) also contain an on-hand biopsy kit. This biopsy kit should be kept intact in its large plastic bag at the veterinary clinic or a safe place in your home, and be used to biopsy a suspected malignancy. Please note that a strong suspicion of malignancy is required to use a study biopsy kit. Review the Biopsy Decision Tree to determine if study involvement is appropriate.

(Please note that at the time of biopsy, blood/urine/feces/hair/nails are collected similar to an annual study examination.)

On-demand biopsy kit
Biopsy kits can be obtained when needed by online request under the Study Veterinarian Resources tab at caninelifetimehealth.org or by contacting the study team at 855.4GR.DOGS (855.447.3647). Veterinarians are encouraged to consult with the study team about biopsy submission, but our goal is to make resources available even in an emergency.

(Please note that at the time of biopsy, blood/urine/feces/hair/nails are collected similar to an annual study examination.)

On-hand Necropsy Kit  (only one available per dog)
On-hand necropsy kits were distributed to the owner of each participant that consented to a necropsy as of the June 28, 2017, deadline. These kits contain instructions, patient-specific labels, and shipping supplies that will never expire in a zipped plastic folder.

The Necropsy Client Consent form* and on-hand kit are offered as a pre-planning tool, so that at the time of death, information can be presented to the attending veterinarian with minimal effort by a grieving owner.

  • Consent status can be changed at any time.
  • Having an on-hand necropsy kit does not obligate an owner to go through with a necropsy.
  • If consent changes from “no” to “yes” after October 2017, an on-hand kit will be distributed within three to four months.
  • Please keep on-hand kits with each dog’s caretaker in a secure location (such as with vaccine and health certificates in your home or RV) since it will only be created one time. If an on-hand kit becomes damaged or misplaced, instructions may be downloaded or printed at caninelifetimehealth.org, but additional supplies will not be shipped until required by a veterinarian.

The Necropsy Client Consent form can be found at the bottom of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study tab for each enrolled dog.  A printable version is available to include in your dog’s medical records if desired.

On-demand Necropsy Kit
Complete necropsy kits can be obtained when needed by online request under the Study Veterinarian Resources tab at caninelifetimehealth.org or by contacting the study team at 855.4GR.DOGS (855.447.3647).  Veterinarians are encouraged to consult with the study team about this procedure as needed, but our goal is to make resources available even in an emergency.

Diagnosis Kit
At the time of malignancy diagnosis and BEFORE treatment is started, blood/urine/feces/hair/nails are collected similar to an annual study examination. Diagnosis kits are shipped directly to the veterinarian when a dog is diagnosed with any malignancy without using a study biopsy kit or if the diagnosis is not amenable to biopsy. Diagnosis kits are similar to the annual study kit, but contents are specifically coded for each diagnosis.

Please note that lymph node biopsy is required to diagnose lymphoma. Fine needle aspirate or cytology is insufficient. Please collect a lymph node biopsy prior to starting treatment for suspected lymphoma.

Reminder – Tubes in each study kit are specifically coded for the patient and type of sample collection (e.g. annual visit, biopsy, diagnosis, etc.) and should not be intermixed. Please call the study team if you need additional supplies.

 

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