Golden Retriever Lifetime Study
"The WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is proud to announce that Dr.
Farnsworth, Dr. Mickas, and Dr. Turbeville of our Community Practice Service
have signed up to participate in the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever
Purpose of Study
The purpose of this study is to identify risk factors for cancer and other
major health problems in Golden Retrievers by gathering genetic, environmental
and nutritional information about participating dogs. Information gained from
this study will help veterinarians learn how to better prevent, diagnose and
treat cancer and other diseases. Morris Animal Foundation hopes to enroll 3,000
dogs in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study (GRLS). This study will continue
for 10 to 14 years and while it only includes Golden Retrievers, all dogs will
benefit from the information gained.
Participants will help to make history by being a part of the longest and
largest study ever designed to gather information about the health of Golden
Retrievers over their entire lifetimes. This information will, in turn, help to
improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases in
dogs. Morris Animal Foundation will reimburse owners $75 per year to help
offset the costs associated with annual exams and sample collection.
In order to qualify for GRLS, Golden
Retrievers need to be under two years
old and healthy at the time of
application. They must be purebred with
a verifiable three-generation pedigree.
Owners of qualifying dogs must be over
18 years old and living in the
contiguous United States.
Each year, when enrolled dogs have their annual exam and vaccinations, blood,
urine, feces, hair and nail samples will be collected by the veterinarian and
sent to the Morris Animal Foundation laboratory. If, in the event that an
enrolled dog becomes ill or injured, relevant samples will also be collected and
sent for evaluation.
Owners are asked to microchip their dog upon entrance into the study
and to participate in the study for the lifetime of their dog. They are
required to complete yearly online questionnaires about their dog's diet
and environment and bring their dog to WSU-VTH for annual examinations
and sample collections. If participating owners move, Morris Animal
Foundation requests that they try to locate a veterinarian who is
willing to participate in the study. In the event that their dog gets
cancer, owners need to agree to allow Morris Animal Foundation to have
tumor samples. Owners are responsible for the costs associated with
their dog’s microchip, annual exams, sample collection and laboratory
For more information please contact Valorie Wiss, Clinical Studies
Coordinator. (Office: 509-335-0798, Cell: 509-432-5345 or
If you are interested in participating in the Golden
Retriever Lifetime Study and do not live near the WSU-VTH, you can ask your
local veterinarian to participate. For information on how your veterinarian can
sign up, please visit