Morris Animal Foundation's Dog Cancer Research | Dr. Janet Patterson-Kane Deep Dive

Dog Cancer Answers show

Summary: The Morris Animal Foundation has been around for over 70 years. They are the leader in researching not just dog health, but cats and wild animals, as well. Over three thousand dogs have participated in their Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. It’s the largest, most comprehensive canine health study in the U.S. What are they looking for? Answers. Why do so many Goldens get cancer? And do these factors affect other dogs, as well? With comprehensive health exams, samples, and questionnaires, they are researching the following questions: ·        What nutritional factors might lead to dog cancer? ·        What environmental factors might lead to dog cancer? ·        What lifestyle factors might lead to dog cancer? ·        What genetic risk factors might lead to dog cancer? The study has yielded four papers so far, with many more to come. And today’s guest, Janet Patterson-Kane, is overseeing them all. Dr. Patterson-Kane, Chief Scientific Officer at Animal Morris Foundation, joins us on today's show. She discusses our current understanding of dog cancer and the hypotheses she'll test. She also shares how her dog's osteosarcoma diagnosis upended her life -- and inspired her to dig deeper. Links & Resources Mentioned in Today’s Show:  Make a gift to the Stop Cancer Furever campaign here: See the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study here: The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity Subscribe to the email newsletter Dog Cancer News at To join the private Facebook group for readers of Dr. Dressler’s book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide,” go to About Today’s Guest, Dr. Janet Patterson-Kane:  Janet Patterson-Kane Chief Scientific Officer Janet is an expert veterinary and biomedical scientist and key opinion leader. With over 25 years research and clinical experience in the fields of equine, canine, feline, and wildlife disease, and a more recent stint in the biotech industry, Janet has built a worldwide reputation as a rigorous and imaginative scientist. Her work has taken her to the Northern and Southern hemispheres, cell culture laboratories, veterinary hospitals, stables, canine and feline rescue centers, and dugong-infested subtropical waters. The first woman to hold the prestigious Chair of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Glasgow’s Veterinary School, Janet’s groundbreaking research work has been recognized by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (United Kingdom) with a Fellowship for meritorious contributions to knowledge. With her eye firmly on the scientific horizon, Janet now brings her vision, leadership, and perspective to the non-profit sector. Follow Dr. D and The Dog Cancer Survival Guide on the Socials:  ___ Dog Cancer Answers is a Maui Media production in association with Dog Podcast Network This episode is sponsored by the best-selling animal health book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger. Available everywhere fine books are sold. Listen to podcast episode for a special discount code. If you would like to ask a dog cancer related question for one of our expert veterinarians to answer on a future Q&A episode, call our Listener Line at 808-868-3200. Have a guest you think would be great for our show? Contact our producers at Have an inspiring True Tail about your own dog’s cancer journey you think would help other dog lovers? Share your true tail with our producers.