By Nick McGurk
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KUSA) - It's being called the first-of-its-kind cancer study on dogs. It's a study that will track golden retrievers over their entire lives and use the findings to try and determine why some get cancer.
The national study, funded by The Morris Animal Foundation in Denver, is in need of golden retrievers under 2-years-old.
The study is based out of Colorado with the help of the Flint Animal Cancer Center at CSU. The dog's health will be tracked over the course of the study.
Golden retrievers are the dogs of choice, partly because they are so prevalent.
"They have unfortunately a high-risk of developing cancer," Dr. Rodney Page, with the Flint Animal Cancer Center at CSU, said.
Now, researches have roughly 500 dogs signed up for the study. The goal is 3,000.
"A landmark study that will change the lives and the health of dogs for generations," Page said. "This is the largest and first study of its kind in veterinary medicine."
Cancer is estimated to be the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of two, according to Colorado State University.
The study will last somewhere in the range of 10 to 15 years, according to Page. He says it will be fascinating to determine what role genetics and environmental exposure have on dogs.
"And in many cases we believe that we'll find clues to the development of cancer in people," he added.
If you want more information, or if you want to apply for the study, please visit http://www.caninelifetimehealth.org/.