Discovering More About Why Dogs Develop Cancer Using The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study with Dr. Kelly Diehl

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Welcome to another episode of Your Dog Wants You To Know This! 
 
Here, you’ll get expert veterinary advice each week with me, Dr. Lori Cesario. I'm a board Certified Veterinary Oncologist and owner of the Canine Cancer Academy. This week we’re going to discuss the research process and connections to why cancer develops in certain dog breeds.
 
Are you curious why certain dogs develop cancer? Why cancer is so common in dogs or how you might be able to decrease cancer risk for your dog? This week I'm very excited to bring you Dr. Kelly Diehl, a Board Certified Veterinary Internist and Senior Director of Science and Communication for the Morris Animal Foundation, where she has been for six and half years. Now fully engaged in one of the largest canine study, called the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. 
 
In this episode you’ll learn more about:
  • This study follows over 3,000 Golden Retrievers over the course of their lifetime.
  • One of the largest, most comprehensive canine, prospective studies to date.
  • The risk of cancer is actually 60% in the golden retriever breed.
  • We have at least one dog in each of the 48 contiguous United States.
  • Documentation is taken is great detail on the nutritional, environmental and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases.
  • The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is projected to cost roughly $32 million dollars.
 
Listen in for more details about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and learn more about why the study is tracking whether these dogs live in an environment with carpet, whether they eat vegetables, whether they swim in ponds, or live with a smoker, and how this data is being collected and processed to determine what causes cancer in dogs. 
 
 
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