The Mantua Veterinary Clinic recently hosted a clinic to test several factors of canine health. A canine optometrist, Dr. Emily Conway of Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists, performed eye exams on 38 dogs of various breeds to look for heredity disorders in potential breeding dogs.

Dr. Jennifer Kartley of the Aurora, Streetsboro, and Mantua Veterinary Hospitals took blood samples from Golden Retrievers 12 years or older to benefit the Longevity Study being performed by the University of California Davis, in an attempt to locate genes that assist canines in living longer. Seven Goldens participated in the study at this event.

This event was hosted and partially funded by the Cuyahoga Valley Golden Retriever Club in an attempt to promote healthier canines. This group will continue to pay the fee for Golden Retrievers to participate in the study and plans to host a heart clinic in the near future for potential breeding dogs.

The heart clinic will be held Oct. 20 in Rootstown, with exams being performed by cardiologist Robert Hamlin of The Ohio State University. To have a Golden participate in the Longevity Study, or to get a cardiac exam for a breeding dog, contact the club at CVGRC.org for more information.