CSU study focuses on helping dogs live longer

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Scientists at Colorado State University are looking for a few good dogs.

Actually, they're looking for about 3,000 golden retrievers.

"This is the most exciting study to ever happen in veterinarian medicine," said chief scientific officer Wayne Jensen of the Morris Animal Foundation, "And we're gonna’ follow them for their entire lives."

It's the largest and longest observational study that's ever been done on dogs.

The golden retriever was chosen as cancer is extremely prevalent in the breed. It's the number one cause of death in these dogs over the age of two.

"As they age and develop particular diseases, we will collect that data, and then be able to go back and associate those things that happened early in their life with the development of the disease later in their life." said Jensen.

Golden retriever owner Josh Mesinger is more than willing to be in this study with his best friend Louie, "This research that's being done and this study over the next 10 to 15 years will benefit the lives of golden retrievers in the future."

It is hoped by the researchers that the study results could help identify risk factors of cancer in humans, too.  That's man's best friend, coming through again.

To participate in the study about increasing the lifespan of your dog, visit CanineLifeTimeHealth.org.

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