Scientists Searching for 10,000 Dogs For Aging Project

November 21, 2019

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The most unfair thing about owning a dog is how short your pet's life span is compared to yours. We all want our dogs to live long, healthy, happy lives, and that's the focus of a massive data-gathering project that is currently recruiting. The national Dog Aging Project plans to track 10,000 pets across the U.S. for 10 years to learn why some live longer, healthier lives than others. The project is recruiting now, looking for owners of all types of dogs to nominate their pets to take part in the citizen scientist project. The goal is to understand how genes, lifestyle and environment play a part in aging. When you and your dog become part of the project, you'll be asked to fill out surveys about your dog's health and experiences. You'll send a saliva sample for genetic testing. You may be asked to complete specific activities with your pet and then report back about he performed. You may be asked to have your veterinarian send blood, urine and other samples at your annual visit. To nominate your dog, visit dogagingproject.org and complete the nomination form, which takes 2 to 8 minutes. Researchers will contact you if they pick your pooch. CLICK HERE to start.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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