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Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

Update v17-1

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Update v17-1

For every cell in your dog’s body (and yours, too!), there are more than 10 microbes living in or on them, including bacteria, viruses, and other single-celled organisms. All of these organisms are collectively known as the microbiome and they affect your dog’s health in countless ways, both for good and bad. Any body system that is not sterile (free from microbes) has a microbiome, so dogs have a microbial ecosystem in their gut and mouth, on their skin, inside their nose, and in their reproductive tracts. A robust microbiome plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy dog.>

Health Tip

Ferocious Frostbite
It’s easy to think that pets, with their warm fur coats, are less vulnerable to winter’s chill. However, our pets are far from immune to the cold. When the air temperature or wind chill factor drops below 32°F (0°C), it is cold enough for frostbite to occur. Frostbite can destroy the vascular supply to tissues and cause loss of tissue, particularly on the paws, ears, and tail, and a wet or sick dog can be more susceptible. When it’s cold, limit your dog’s outdoor time.

Understanding:

Cancer Imaging Technology

By Sharon Albright, DVM, CCRT, Study Veterinarian

When physicians and veterinarians see a sick patient, they can learn only so much from a physical examination. Sometimes they need to “see” what’s going on inside. Since the late 1800s, imaging techniques have enabled us to look inside the body. Over time, old techniques have been refined and new tools developed. Let’s explore the various types of diagnostic imaging used in canine oncology today.>

Q & A:

Interview with Carla Faust Bare

By Kelly Diehl, DVM, Scientific Writer and Researcher

For participants in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, filling out the yearly questionnaire can be a daunting task. Carla Faust Bare is owner of Edin, Hero Dog #1001, and just completed her third questionnaire. An avid study participant, Carla spent most of her working career as a technical writer for a large international environmental engineering company. We recently caught up with Carla and asked her to help explain the rationale behind many of our questionnaire’s environmentally focused questions.>

Introducing Ann Jeglum

VMD Diplomate, AVCIM, Oncology

By Nancy Kay Clark, Study Participants Manager

Dr. Ann Jeglum is a member of our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Scientific Steering Committee, which provides expertise and guidance for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. She’s also a study veterinarian, with six of her own patients enrolled in the study, giving her a unique perspective and valuable insights that inform her role on the committee. >

Health Tip

Ferocious Frostbite
It’s easy to think that pets, with their warm fur coats, are less vulnerable to winter’s chill. However, our pets are far from immune to the cold. When the air temperature or wind chill factor drops below 32°F (0°C), it is cold enough for frostbite to occur. Frostbite can destroy the vascular supply to tissues and cause loss of tissue, particularly on the paws, ears, and tail, and a wet or sick dog can be more susceptible. When it’s cold, limit your dog’s outdoor time.

Charity Miles

Taking a walk with your dog is not only good for you and your dog, it also can benefit the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study! If you sign up with Charity Miles, your mileage is tracked and transformed into giving. Charity Miles is a social media-driven app that connects individuals and their favorite charities with corporate sponsors to create social change through physical activity.

We currently are wait listed for inclusion as a sponsored charity in Charity Miles, and need your help to boost our chances of being selected. Priority is given to applicants who have teams with the most physically active members. Our team name is #morrisanimalfoundation. Charity Miles will measure your activity and donate money to the supported charity of your choice. Based on how far you go, you earn money provided by the corporate advertising sponsors of Charity Miles.

We know that exercising has benefits not only to us but to our dogs, too. Walking also strengthens the emotional bonds between owners and pets. With the New Year upon us, begin with a step toward a healthier lifestyle and support the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Start today by downloading the free Charity Miles app and join the #morrisanimalfoundation team.

Meet Hero #1750

Because every dog matters — in case you missed it, meet Hero Dog #1750.

Fundraising Highlight: The National Specialty

The 2016 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty was held October 2-9 in beautiful Placerville, California. The week-long event is a combination competition, educational program, and social event for the golden retriever community. The event also gives Morris Animal Foundation and our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study team an opportunity to raise critical funds and, most importantly, to meet with some of our golden retriever hero dogs. >