Monday, July 02, 2012

Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

A few weeks ago Kipling was officially enrolled in the pilot launch of  Morris Animal Foundation's Canine Lifetime Health Study which currently focuses on Golden Retrievers. To be eligible for enrollment a participant needs to be under two years of age, a purebred golden retriever with a documented 3-generation pedigree have a veterinarian who is willing to participate in the study and the owner must agree to supply MAF with medical records and submit annual samples for lab analysis.

In exchange MAF/CLHS pays for all of the lab work and reimburses a portion of the appointment costs.

Today was Kipling's appointment for his first round of labs. He says he had a super-fun time at day camp - even if they did take large samples of blood and knock him out for x-rays (OFA prelims) :-)

I'm so grateful to Morris Animal Foundation for undertaking this effort. The initial questionnaire alone was daunting - the amount of information they are collecting, the depth of the questions that they asked - everything from temperament to food to habits (does your dog eat grass?). I hope we get some good answers. If you have an eligible dog please enroll in the study, MAF expects to open the study to an additional 3,000 eligible dogs later this summer following the 50 dog pilot.

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