Morris Foundation for Animals Golden Retriever Research

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.

I have recently registered my dog Carver, a 2 year old Golden Retriever, into the study. I recently recruited Buckley, an 11 month old Golden, belonging to the Nordin family. There may be more clients of University Animal Hospital out there that are enrolled in this program; however, if you own a Golden less than 2 years old and might be interested in getting your pet involved in the project, please feel free to contact me. I am available at 480-968-9275 extension 129 and leave me a voice mail message. The Morris Foundation program can be found on the Internet at


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Dr. Jim Flegenheimer, D.V.M.