The Morris Animal Foundation is sponsoring a lifetime study of Golden Retrievers through the Veterinary College at Colorado State University. the goal of the study is to follow Golden Retrievers throughout their lives, tracking any health problems that may show up. The study is expected to last 10 to 14 years.
To do this study, they need to enroll 3000 Golden Retrievers under the age of two years. This is part of the Canine Lifetime Health Project. Golden Retrievers were chosen as the first breed to concentrate on due to their popularity in the United States.You do not need to live in Colorado as you can participate with your current veterinarian as long as they are willing to sign up as well.
Owners must agree to the following conditions:
- Agree to participate for the life of your dog
- Select a veterinarian who agrees to participate with you
- Complete online questionnaires regarding your dog's food type and feeding habits, environmental exposures, behavior/temperament, disease events, etc.
- Visit your dog's veterinarian for annual exams and sample collection (blood, urine, feces, hair, and toenail clippings)
- When applicable, allow collection of tumor samples for evaluation
- Be willing to consider a necropsy (post mortem examination) when your dog's life ends
Most of the costs will be borne by participants in the study though the Morris Animal Foundation will reimburse owners for up to $75 of the cost per year for sample collection, exam and laboratory fees. You can find answers to other questions and a sign up area here.
Disease trends and risk factors can be tracked in this study. This is a wonderful chance to contribute information that will help dogs of all breeds in the future.