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Golden Retriever Lifetime Study to Track Health

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By    |   Friday, 15 Dec 2017 10:42 AM

A golden retriever lifetime study could shed light on the links between the dogs' health and their genetics, diets, environment, and lifestyles, and could help other breeds.

Some 3,000 golden retrievers are part of the study conducted by Colorado State University and the Morris Animal Foundation, where they will be examined for nearly their entire lives. The dogs enrolled in the lifetime study before they turned 2 years old, The Washington Post reported.

"The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is following our enrolled dogs throughout their lifetimes," Susan Albright, a veterinarian with the Morris Animal Foundation said in a statement on its website.

"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 – unfortunately, there is no way around it."

Researchers said they hope to find insights into causes of cancers not only to golden retrievers, but other breeds and maybe even humans, per the newspaper.

"(Some of) these dogs will get cancer as they age … but in the meantime, they are doing everything that dogs do," Rodney Page, a veterinary oncologist who runs Colorado State's Flint Animal Cancer Center told the Post.

Researchers told the newspaper that they are tracking even small things, like where they sleep, whether their lawns are treated with pesticides, whether their teeth get brushed and more.

"Some of these things seem kind of silly, but you never know what you're going to identify as a significant risk factor with an outcome that you could easily change," Page continued.

Researchers told The Washington Post that there were several practical considerations in picking golden retrievers for the study. First, since they are the third most popular dog in the U.S. among owners, it was easier to find the 3,000 subjects needed for the study, noted the newspaper.

Secondly, they have smitten owners who pay close attention to their health, which was needed so researchers can gather details about the dogs' activities.

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