The issue is that the genetic factors are so complex that one line of dogs doesn't offer statistically significant information. So one or two incidences of cancer don't necessarily mean that the line is actually more prone than any other. Also, different cancers may have completely different causes, so one dog with osteo, one with hemangio, and one with lympho may have completely unrelated factors.I always wondered after reading these articles about how cancer is sometimes inheritable and sometimes not what a breeder does when one of their bitches/dogs dies of cancer and they have younger prospects from that dog/bitch through their current lines. Do they cut the line off completely or do they think it is a fluke?
I've heard that some people are starting to do that, but I don't know about Hovan in particular. There are definitely correlations between long-term inflammatory processes and many types of cancer, which is probably one of the reasons that obesity and chronic infections have strong correlations to increased rates of cancer.IMO, Rhonda is a phenominal person who has made huge donations to the golden breed, both monetarily and intellectually. I am hoping to show the Tito Monster to her in Louisville in March, not because I think he will win but because I will consider it a huge honor to see and hopefully meet her.
Does anyone know anything about her current research into anti-inflammatories and cancer? A non-reliable source told me she is giving each of her young dogs a baby aspirin daily to prevent inflammation.
I believe there's some evidence that NSAIDs actually modify the body's inflammatory response over time if they're used long term, so even if cancer risk is increased by inflammation, the long-term use of an anti-inflammatory drug may not actually reduce the risk overall, and may have other unintended consequences.I asked my vet about it and he went into a long unintelligible (to me) explanation that anti-inflammatories over time can cause inflammation, I have NO clue what he was explaining to me, but he also thought the research was of interest.
There are some long term studies doing basically this as are some breeders I know with their own lones. I know I have shared this before but think again it is appropiate here. When I lost my Kizmet, of my breeding, almost 3 years ago I was very concerned for her littermates and possible future generations. This is the response I got grom Dr. Modiano who was still in Colorado at the time. there just is no simple answers when it comes to cancer.I wonder if they can do a family tree sort of thing.
Get people who know the lines to report the data and do a big mapping of the trees.
I know you can see genetic issues in families easier this way. Mark the names by color or note numbers for cancers, hip issues, etc. And maybe visually you see a link.
Like are cancers more common in dogs who were breed with young moms and older dads showing issues over slightly older moms and younger dads. etc. (just making up an example) or the more litters a mom has the later litters have more health issues?
Frozen is good, because it is flash frozen at it's peak and maintains the beneficial nutrients. Even fresh, once picked, is only good for about a week. And there is no telling how long it has been since fresh produce at the market was picked. And for the same reason, frozen is better than canned.Great, great article! I am going out to buy some fresh broc or cabbage today. Do you think it can be frozen stuff? I also found the info about age of death and height very interesting. I wonder if that might have something to do with early spay/neuter, since early spay/neuter is associated with taller dogs too. Maybe if my Dexy was a few inches shorter, he could have lived to be 14.