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Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

Update v17-4

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Update v17-4

In our 17.2 Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Update, we talked about genetics. Genomics take these concepts and moves them toward a better understanding of health and disease. Genetics and genomics are not interchangeable: genetics is the study of the effects a single gene has on an individual. Genomics refers to the collective of all an individual’s genes, and all of the sequences and interactions contained therein. A useful analogy is to think of the genome as a library and DNA as a set of encyclopedias within that library. Genetics studies the encyclopedias and genomics studies the entire library, including the information in the books, the way they are arranged, and what books get borrowed together.>

Health Tip

Traveling with your dog during the winter holidays requires some special considerations. Just as you may store an emergency kit for yourself in your vehicle, include one for your dog. Dog emergency kits should include extra food, water, medications and warm bedding. It’s also a good idea to carry wipes to clean road salt and antifreeze residue off of your dog’s feet. Carry copies of any medical records that may be helpful. Before you leave, research veterinarians along your route and at your final destination, in case your dog needs veterinary care.

Team Introduction – Dr. Elaine Ostrander

By Missy Simpson, DVM, PhD, Epidemiologist

Genetic analysis is an important component of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. To learn more, we caught up with a member of our scientific steering committee, Elaine Ostrander, PhD. Dr. Ostrander is Chief of the Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute and a distinguished investigator at the National Institutes of Health.>

Understanding Cancer Treatment: Stereotactic Radiation

By Kelly Diehl, DVM, Scientific Writer and Researcher

If you or a loved one (including the furry variety) have been diagnosed with cancer, chances are good that radiation therapy might have been part of the treatment process. Radiation has been used as a treatment for cancers in people and animals for more than 100 years, beginning just after the discovery of radiation in the late 19th century. However, recent technological advances have made radiation therapy safer and more effective. >

Necropsy Kit

By Sharon Albright, DVM, CCRT, Study Veterinarian

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is following our enrolled dogs throughout their lifetimes. That means that we will not only witness their amazing lives but, sadly, we will mourn their deaths. Some dogs will die younger, and some will live into old age – sadly, there is no way around it. No matter the case, owners have an important decision to make regarding whether or not to consent to a necropsy; the term for an autopsy on an animal.>

Health Tip

Traveling with your dog during the winter holidays requires some special considerations. Just as you may store an emergency kit for yourself in your vehicle, include one for your dog. Dog emergency kits should include extra food, water, medications and warm bedding. It’s also a good idea to carry wipes to clean road salt and antifreeze residue off of your dog’s feet. Carry copies of any medical records that may be helpful. Before you leave, research veterinarians along your route and at your final destination, in case your dog needs veterinary care.

Fundraising Highlight: Calendar Sales

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study team and volunteers are excited to announce the 2018 Golden Retriever Lifetime Study calendar, now available for order. This volunteer-driven fundraiser features hero dogs whose owners submitted photos for our calendar pin-up competition and, as you can imagine, selecting our calendar dogs was not easy! After all, have you met a golden retriever that isn’t photogenic?

The calendar highlights over 60 different hero dogs. It’s a great way to help you remember your dog’s upcoming study examination, celebrate holidays throughout the year, learn some study and canine tips and tidbits, and enjoy gorgeous photos of study heroes. And, it makes a great gift for the holidays for all your golden retriever-loving friends and family.

Best of all, your calendar purchase supports the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study — the largest and most comprehensive observational canine study in veterinary medicine in the United States.

Don’t miss out on this limited time opportunity to order a beautiful calendar, while helping us reach our fundraising goal of $20,000. Order your 2018 Golden Retriever Lifetime Study calendar today!

Hero Highlight: Laurel and Hardy Jackson, Heroes 652 & 651

Carl Jackson, of Williamsburg, Virginia, has two dogs enrolled in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, Laurel and Hardy. We asked Carl to share a little bit about his dogs and his life. Read More.

Fear Free for Owners

For the past year, Morris Animal Foundation has shared information about the Fear Free certification program with study veterinarians – a training designed to teach veterinary teams skills that will help them reduce feelings of fear, anxiety and stress for pets and their owners at the veterinary clinic. Now, pet owners can become a Fear Free Happy Homes member. >