According to caninelifetimehealth.org 60% of Golden Retrievers will die of cancer; and in general cancer is the leading causer of death in dogs over the age of 2.
What can we do?
- Manage their health with annual check ups.
- Maintain their weight according to standard body condition measurements—remember you should be able to easily feel those ribs but not knobs on the spine.
- Feed them a good quality food
- Exercise them (and why not you too while you’re out there)
- And participate in studies like the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
You may not have a Golden but you probably know someone who does. You may not have lost a dog to cancer but you probably know someone who has. Because Goldens have such a high risk of cancer in their lifetimes this is an ideal breed on which to focus for this study BUT it will offer help and hope to all dogs as the research begins to reveal how to better prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer and other diseases for all dogs.
The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is looking for 3,000 healthy purebred Golden Retrievers under two years old to participate in this study for the lifetime of the dog. This is the largest study of its kind every conducted and the discoveries it yields can benefit all dogs.
The Golden Study is purely observational in nature. Owners will not be asked to change what they feed or how they care for their dogs. Each year, participating dogs will be given in-depth veterinary examinations and owners will be asked to fill out a detailed questionnaire. The foundation covers the costs of the testing that includes analysis of blood work; urinalysis/fecal, heartworm and thyroid tests and the results are available to you and your vet within days. You will only need to pay for the exam itself and Morris Animal Foundation will reimburse you up to $75.00 per annual visit.
Please spread the word and cross-post http://www.caninelifetimehealth.org/about/the-golden-retriever-lifetime-study/.
I have lost two dogs and a cat too to cancer — it affects us all — Goldens or not.