DENVER, CO: A new study is being conducted in Colorado and it’s being hailed as the first of its kind in the United States. With cancer as the leading cause of death in all dogs, the well-known Morris Animal Foundation (MAF), is beginning a long-term study to hopefully change the lives and health of dogs for generations to come. The Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University is assisting in the study.
This is great news for pet owners who have lost a dog to cancer. The study, however, will take 10-14 years to determine what role genetics and environmental conditions play in a dog’s life. Current dog owners may not benefit from this new study, however, future dog owners will.
The study is called The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study as golden retrievers will be the major focus. Golden retrievers have a very high cancer risk rate as more than half of them die from cancer. The MAF currently has about 300 golden retrievers enrolled in the study, and their goal is to have 3,000 participants from the contiguous United States.
The Study Needs More Participants
If you own a golden retriever that’s under two years of age and would like to participate in this study, please visit this link at the Morris Animal Foundation. Your dog’s health will be tracked throughout its lifetime. Veterinarians interested in participating in this study, should also follow the link to sign up.
Dog cancer has unfortunately become so common with our pets, that the FDA approved the first drug for treating canine cancer in June of 2009. The treatment of cancer in dogs uses many of the same methods available for human cancers, such as radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and hypothermia.
According to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University, cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over two years of age. Many breeds are at high risk for cancer including golden retrievers, boxers, Bernese Mountain dogs, and flat-coated retrievers. There are some breeds that are more prone to certain types of cancers.
Statistics on Canine Cancer
Current statistics are not promising for dog owners, and that’s the reason for this study. If today’s dogs can give researchers some insight into this disease, future dogs may have a better chance of surviving or preventing cancer. Currently, VPI Pet Insurance shows the following statistics on canine cancer:
- Dogs are four times more likely to develop breast cancer than humans
- Dogs are eight times more likely to develop bone cancer than humans
- Dogs are thirty-five times more likely to develop skin cancer than humans
- Mouth cancer is the fourth leading cause of deaths in dogs
At Rainbow’sBridge.com, you’ll find a special chat room for pet owners who have pets with cancer. Many countries can participate in the chat room, including the US, UK, Central Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The chat room is open once a week at specific times. The US can visit on Wednesday evenings, while Tuesday’s are for all other countries. For more information, please visit Rainbow’sBridge.
Morris Animal Foundation
The Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in animal health science. They are a nonprofit based in Denver, Colorado. Their vision is simple: A healthier tomorrow for animals. Researchers at MAF are committed to finding breakthrough veterinary medicines, treatments, and diagnostics for pets, horses, and wildlife. Many animal studies are conducted here, and they’ve had many breakthrough results in animal care. If you’d like to know more on the Morris Animal Foundation, just visit the link.
If you’d like to give a donation to the study, you can follow the above link to donate.
References: Morris Animal Foundation