'Golden key' to unlocking canine cancer?
Retrievers to help find cancer cure
- Duration 3:18
- Date Jan 26, 2013
Retrievers to help find cancer cure
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It's -- pretty shocking statistic one out of every three dogs in this country will get cancer and once they do unfortunately.
There's not a lot you can do about it -- group of researchers out in Colorado -- trying to change that.
They're about to study 3000.
Sure bred gold or chambers over the course of their lifetimes.
They hope to find a cure.
Joining us now is doctor David Hayworth he's -- CEO of Morris animal foundation just messenger with his Golden Retriever -- we thank you both for coming on.
-- -- doctor how.
Do you deal now with a dog with cancers -- anything -- can be done.
Oh sure there's lots of things -- to be done.
Cancer used to be a death sentence but you're just like in humans we're back in the sixties there were very many good options now.
They're specialists -- veterinary oncologists that can help you through that prep process.
It's still not a good disease to have but we're learning more every day and hopefully with this study we're gonna learn a lot more.
There's really nothing more upsetting them getting a diagnosis like that.
Of your dog so so just what it to tell me about your your gold right -- -- so what's his name in and done and how does he fit into this house.
This is really and me is to server two years old.
He is our our family's third Golden Retriever over the years and we've had other the other -- Golden's aunt died of cancer.
So we are passionate about the idea of trying to find cures for it and find better solutions to minimize -- Marines -- on the first dogs enrolled in the study of -- people it's the issue who are helping.
Remorse and -- foundation.
So as a -- what what are you learning so far from the study when he -- one.
Well you have to start with the idea that there is no National Institutes of Health for veterinary medicine so everything that we learned.
Either has to be gleaned from human research research meant for humans or it has to be funded by an organization like Morris animal foundation where actually the largest of those funding organizations we've been around for a really long time.
As of this study is this really building on.
A huge back history of of studies that we've funded over.
Over sixty years or hoping to learn from the study are the genetic the nutritional and the environmental causes for cancer or diabetes or obesity -- Osteoarthritis for any disease that we see in dogs.
And we're really hopeful -- is the the biggest veterinary study that's ever been run and we like think -- -- probably the most significant so there have been huge extensions -- the average human lifespan over the last hundred years as you know have there been similar ones with dogs.
If you take the average lifespan yes but you got to remember same reason the extensions of the human lifespan of if not mostly dealt with childhood diseases.
Same thing goes with with dogs dogs live.
You know now 1214 years but you almost never hear dogs running -- street are being off leash those kinds of things are really are fading.
But what we're finding now -- the medical problems.
Cancer is is huge as you pointed out -- in fact lost my fourteen year old yellow lab in November to its to its chances are really the worst and if there's if there's anything else -- he fixes patches has got to be in the top it was gentlemen thank you Louis thank you.
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