WARNING: Scientific Study Releases Shocking Statistic About Golden Retrievers… Owners Devastated


A study based in Colorado has discovered the unthinkable — that golden retrievers die of cancer more than any other breed.

One of the world’s friendliest and most loyal breeds of dog is cut down by the worst of diseases. But, why are goldens more prone?

And – is there anything that can be done?

Scientists are studying the popular breed to find out why their lifespans have gotten shorter over the years and why the breed is so prone to the disease.

Back in the 1970’s, golden retrievers could live up to 16 or 17 years old.

But nowadays, they usually only live to be 9 or 10. Golden retrievers die of bone cancer, lymphoma and a cancer of the blood vessels more than any other breed in the country.

The Colorado-based Morris Animal Foundation gathered 3,000 purebred golden retrievers in order to produce a study.

The foundation says the review of health conditions and environmental factors facing goldens across the U.S. can help other breeds and even people, because humans carry 95 percent of the same DNA. I did not know that. Wow.
The vets haven’t learned enough yet to really improve the goldens’ life span, but key factors could lie anywhere, said Dr. Michael Lappin.

Early exams showed 33 percent of the dogs, which are 1 to 5 years old, had skin disease or ear infections; 17 percent had gastrointestinal illnesses; and 11 percent had urinary disease.

Sad Pup.
Sad Pup.

Picture taken from: https://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/

The dogs get medication to treat the conditions, but vets can’t treat them differently because it would skew the results, Lappin said.

Marla Yetka of Denver says her nearly 2-year-old golden retriever, Snickers, joined the study and has been suffering from skin problems. Yetka uses oatmeal shampoo on her pet, but she’s looking forward to talking with other participants about their remedies.

‘I have too many friends who have lost goldens,’ she said. ‘Is it what we are feeding them, their environments, their breeding?’

The vets collect blood, waste, and hair and nail samples annually to test if the dogs get sick, hoping to uncover a common thread or early warning sign among dogs that develop cancer or other diseases.

Doctors also check for changes in temperature, blood pressure, energy, diet, sleeping patterns or other factors that could explain illnesses.

So far, seven goldens have died of conditions such as cancer and gastrointestinal problems, and one was hit by a car, Haworth said. Another dropped out when its owner died.

The dogs come from every state; about half are male and half are female; and half are fixed and half are not.

Those who brought dogs into the study, including both veterinarians, hope goldens get a shot at the longer life they used to enjoy.

The information for this article was originally from http://www.dailymail.co.uk. Check your local charities that also fight against cancer, whether people or animal related.

  • Janet Kso

    This is not new information- Vet have known for years that Goldens and German Shepherd’s are the two breeds that get cancer more than any other breed. When I asked one of our vets why so many dogs are getting cancer she was honest and said vaccines.
    Dogs are getting too many vaccines too soon in life and too many at once. I know a breeder that has an older country vet that told her they do not need any vaccines after the age of 8. Another vet that I knew came out to our farm and told me your vet will hate me but dogs don’t need heartworm all year every year- they are overdosed for the profit, and it is not true that if you miss one you need a heartworm test. They can be protected by taking one every other day and be fine. I know now I would never give a dog everything at once when they are so little because the vet says they need it. My golden recently tore his cruciate and we were told surgery would fix it. I would never put my 12 year old golden that is very sensitive to anesthesia through an operation he could survive without it. It’s been about 3 months and he has been walking on it after the first week.

    • Doug

      What heart worm meds are given every day????? It’s either once a month or once every six months depending on product. Just like flea meds..

      • Janet Kso

        I never said every day on heartworm. Go back and read my post.

  • Julie Ross

    The picture that you stole for your cover photo is not yours and you are not authorized to use it.

  • David Andruczyk

    it’s the FOOD dammit… Read the labels!

  • Janet

    Vaccinations and food.

  • Michael M

    I admit frustration as there doesn’t seem to be any ideal source for owner information on their animals. When I say this, I say there are multiple “answers” to a given question leading to even more confusion. We can’t even get a good explanation on which “dog foods” are safe for dogs or if there are stipulations etc. Again, various sources very different answers.

  • Hayden71

    Genetically they must be more predisposed to disease such as cancer, but I guarantee that the food and vaccines they are given are likely contributors.

    • Tina

      Then why did they use to have longer lifespans?

  • Jay Swavely

    i dont buy the vaccination argument! Other dogs eat the same food. It is a DNA issue!

  • captoscar

    I also lost a golden retriever to throat cancer. I remember when she was a puppy I noticed a lump in her ear, I took her to the vet and he told me that she had a little tumor. They operated on her and removed the tumor but he told me the chances were that the cancer would come back. This was back in the 90s. She died Christmas Day 7 years later throat cancer. That really hurt

  • Kimberly Castonguay

    I personally believe the problem lies with the breeding. These beautiful, kind, loving animals have become so popular that they have fallen prey to so many backyard and unscrupulous breeders who only want some easy money, that it has taken it’s toll on the breed. I am on my 9th golden. All have been neutered and in my life simply to be the loving pampered pets they deserve. Six I purchased as puppies and 3 were rescues. I have 4 right now, two 8 month puppies, one is 5 and one is 8-1/2. Out of the 5 that crossed the Rainbow Bridge, I lost 4 to cancer and one to diabetes. I have tried different diets, including raw, grain free, and a high quality food. None of that seems to help. They all end up breaking our hearts far too soon.

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