Apr 3, 2023
Dog Cancer True Tail: Golden Retriever Hero Indy | Kim Peri & Dr. Mike Lappin #210
Kim Peri is a Golden Retriever lover with a passion for philanthropy and paying it forward. Dr. Mike Lappin is a veterinarian with Goldens and determination to better the health of his breed. How did they meet? Because of Indy the Golden, and an Eagles concert.
Listen in to hear what it is like to be involved in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study as a dog lover and as a veterinarian, as well as some of the things that we have learned so far. The study is ongoing – originally it was going to end when 500 of the enrolled Goldens had been diagnosed with cancer, but it has now been extended to follow all of the enrolled Goldens for their entire lives.
Unfortunately, Indy is one of the Golden Heroes who died of cancer. But the blood work and surveys that he and the other Goldens have contributed are giving researchers lots of information to identify environmental and genetic risk factors for cancer.
Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:
Morris Animal Foundation’s Dog Cancer Research podcast episode: https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/trials-and-research/morris-animal-foundations-dog-cancer-research-dr-janet-patterson-kane-deep-dive/
Golden Retriever Lifetime Study: https://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/golden-retriever-lifetime-study
Golden Retriever DNA Repository: https://grca.org/about-the-breed/health-research/dna-repository/
OFA DNA Repository: https://ofa.org/about/dna-repository/
The Golden Retriever Foundation: https://goldenretrieverfoundation.org/GRF/
Canine Valley Fever Project: http://www.caninevalleyfeverproject.com/
PetDx Clinical Studies: https://petdx.com/clinical-studies/
What to Know About Lymphoma podcast episode
Pollution and Cancer in Dogs podcast episode
AKC Canine Health Foundation Funds Dog Cancer Research podcast episode
A Blood Test for Dog Cancer? Meet OncoK9 podcast episode
About Today’s Guest, Kimberly Peri:
I grew up in a NW suburb of Chicago, IL and I have lived in Phoenix, AZ for about 24 years. I have been owned by Golden Retrievers for almost 30 years. Until recently, all of my Goldens have been from rescue organizations.
I am very active and compete in many competitive performance sports with my dogs such as conformation, dock diving, scent work, fast CAT, and surfing.
I am a Senior Risk Manager for a large financial services firm. I am studying to become an Animal Accupressure Practitioner and will finish my studies in 2023, and I am a certified Level 2 Reiki Practioner. I have a deep passion for animals and philanthropy. I am the former President of the Valle del Sol Golden Retriever Club in Phoenix, AZ.
About Today’s Guest, Dr. Mike Lappin:
Graduated Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, June 1972.
Private Small Animal (Dog & Cat) Practice: 1972 to present. Yes, that is 50 years!
Have served on Board of Directors: Golden Retriever Foundation
Have served on Board of Directors: Yankee Golden Retriever Club
Have been Veterinarian enrolled in Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study since the beginning of the study, and also have a Hero, Isaac #64, enrolled.
Married and currently owned by four Golden Retrievers, their ages are 9 months to 11 years.
Currently training two dogs in Canine Nosework, in multiple venues.
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