Would you and your Golden Retriever like to join PenBay Vets in preventing cancer and other diseases in dogs?

You and your Golden Retriever can be heroes. Help cure canine cancer by joining 3,000 other Golden puppies and their owners in the most important observational study ever undertaken for canine health.

PenBay Vets has become a participating veterinary hospital in Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. This study is a groundbreaking effort to learn how to better prevent cancer and other diseases in dogs. It is the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken for dogs, enrolling up to 3,000 Golden Retrievers and lasting 10 to 14 years. Although restricted to Golden Retrievers, results from this study will benefit all dogs.

Why Should You Participate?

More than half of Golden Retrievers die from cancer, and it is the leading cause of death in all dogs over the age of 2. By participating, you will help scientists:

  • Identify genetic, environmental and nutritional risk factors for cancer and other major health problems in dogs
  • Learn how to better prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and other canine diseases
  • Help create a brighter, healthier future for all dogs

Who Can Participate?

  • Golden Retriever owners over 18 years of age and living in the contiguous United States
  • Golden Retrievers that are healthy and under 2 years of age at the time of application
  • Golden Retrievers that have a three-generation pedigree

What Is Expected of Participants?

The study’s success depends on highly committed Golden Retriever owners. You will need to

  • Participate in the study for the life of your dog
  • Complete online questionnaires regarding your dog’s diet and environment
  • Take your dog to its veterinarian for annual examinations and sample collections (blood, urine, feces, hair and toenail clippings)*
  • Microchip your dog
  • Allow collection of tumor samples for evaluation, when applicable

*Owners are responsible for all costs associated with the annual examinations, sample collection, laboratory tests and microchip. Morris Animal Foundation will reimburse owners $75 per year to help offset these costs.

You can learn more and register your Golden for the study here: http://www.caninelifetimehealth.org/

or call Dr. Bjorn Lee for more information 594-8300


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