Berner-Garde Foundation Repository

Just Freeze It

Tumor tissue samples submitted to the BMD Repository can be crucial keys to researchers looking for genetic causes of cancers. Because this type of submission happens at a very emotional time for owners, the BMD Repository has instituted their "Just Freeze It" campaign to make things simpler and easier at this difficult time. IF YOUR DOG IS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, JUST FREEZE IT. This is truly all that you and your vet need to know to submit a tumor tissue sample to the Repository. Collect a sample and JUST FREEZE IT. It can remain frozen until you and your vet have gathered all the information necessary to ship it to the Repository safely and when you are emotionally ready to do so.


Five Steps For Tumor Submission

  1. During an operation to remove a tumor mass or very shortly after your dog has died, have your vet remove a sample of the tumor tissue about one cubic inch in size.

  2. If there has not been a laboratory diagnosis of the exact type of tumor, then the sample needs to be split in half so that one sample can be sent in for a definitive diagnosis. This is done by the "diagnosis" sample being collected as formalin fixed tissue. Your Vet will know what this is.

  3. The remaining tumor sample that will be sent to the repository needs to be frozen. This can easily be done in the freezer your vet will have in their office.

  4. If diagnosis on the exact type of tumor needs to be done, the formalin fixed tissue sample can be sent to the lab your vet uses or to the diagnostic center at Michigan State University. 

  5. After you have had some time to recover from your loss, you can then work with your vet to ship the frozen tumor sample to the BMD Repository.  Kits can be obtained from the following members.


Frozen Tissue Sample Kit Locations

Brycie Marine               Oshkosh, WI 920.235.0131 or E-mail:

Peggy Granger             Elkhorn, WI 262.742.3695 or E-mail:

Lois Leidahl-March      Des Plaines, IL 847.635-9263 or E-mail:

Joanne Brault               Fond du Lac, WI 920.922.2351 or E-mail:

Mary Alice & Carl

          Eschweiler          Hartland, WI 262.367.6564 or E-mail:

Dawn Perry                   Milwaukee, WI 414.975.3534 or E-mail:

For more information contact any of the above members or go to