Monday, December 30, 2013

Help Keep Golden Retrievers (and Other Dogs) Happy, Healthy and Cancer-Free!

Cancer is something no one wants to talk about, but it is the number one cause of death for dogs older than two years of age.  Morris Animal Foundation has launched the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study to find out more about how to stop the cancer epidemic.  

This study will focus on Golden Retrievers, but its findings should apply to other dog breeds.  Additional major diseases will also be looked at through this study.  Questionnaires and annual exams will make up a large part of the discovery process of what causes cancer and other diseases in dogs.   

Morris needs dogs and their owners to sign up to be a part of this initiative.  We would really appreciate any help along the way in this quest to prevent cancer!

Qualifications to Sign up for the Study:

  •  Golden Retriever owners must be over 18 years old and reside in the contiguous United States in order to participate.
  •  Golden Retrievers must be healthy and less than two years old. 
  •  Golden Retrievers also must have a three-generation pedigree.

For more information about this study, visit the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Katie F. on behalf of Morris Animal Foundation. Visit to learn more about the animal health research that Morris Animal Foundation participates in.

Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.


  1. I wish them good luck with their study!

  2. Thank you for posting up the information.

  3. I love Morris. I think this is such a great idea for a study and hope they find lots of great info that will help dogs and their people in the future!

  4. I think I this on another blog recently. Great idea, hope they can learn and find some answers!

  5. Great idea. Cancer sucks. Cancer was one of the things that might have caused my beloved Sephi to pass on. :(

  6. We lost one of our labs to liver cancer. It totally sucks. Hope they find a cure. Wouldn't that be awesome! Happy New Year!

  7. I read that goldens have a 60% chance of getting cancer. Our golden Brooks died of cancer last year. So far Ike seems okay, but for a while the vet thought he might have leukemia. I am so glad Morris is trying to find out why goldens have a higher rate of cancer than other dogs. But sadly, other dogs get it enough. Please join our Give Cancer the Paw blog hop on Feb. 6!


Go ahead... bark at us!