Submitted by Thomas Gus on Tue, 01/13/2015 – 3:32pm
Hi, this is Dr. Jim Flegenheimer, veterinarian at University Animal Hospital in Tempe, AZ and I would like to tell you about a very exciting and wonderful study that is in progress for Golden Retrievers sponsored by the Morris Animal Foundation. It is a groundbreaking research project with the goal of preventing cancer and other diseases in dogs. Although only Golden Retrievers are being enrolled, this may provide the framework for research in other breeds, and at the least will improve the health of other breeds too. The study will identify the impact of genetic, nutritional, behavioral and environmental influences involved with certain diseases. The goal is to have 3,000 dogs involved in the study, of which presently just over 2,000 are currently registered. Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over 2 years of age and Golden Retrievers have a higher risk of developing cancer than most other breeds; therefore, they became the chosen breed.