Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr. was a visionary veterinarian who foresaw the need for dedicated scientific research if the practice of veterinary medicine was to move forward. It was to advance this endeavor in improving animal health that, in 1948, he founded Morris Animal Foundation. Through the Foundation, and his breakthroughs in nutrition, leadership of the American Animal Hospital Association, and so many other veterinary achievements, Dr. Morris became an iconic figure for generations of veterinarians.
When Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr., an ambitious and passionate newly graduated veterinarian, walked into his first private practice job in 1926, little did he realize he was embarking on a journey that would lead to improved lives for animals, large and small, around the world.
With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil just around the corner, concerns about the Zika virus have filled the news. But Zika is only one of many diseases, both mild and serious, spread by insects such as mosquitoes and ticks. These vector-borne diseases affect people all over the world, and our dog and cat companions are susceptible to many of these same infections. Pet owners need to be vigilant to keep their pets healthy and happy during the “biting” season.
As summer heats up and we head outdoors for fun in the sun, we have to deal with one of the more negative aspects of quality time outside; pesky insects that bite and harass. Horses are no exception to this problem. Not only are insects frustratingly annoying to our horses, they also can carry diseases that infect horses, some of which can be life-threatening.
On June 30, Morris Animal Foundation’s third Unite to Fight Pet Cancer campaign came to an end. We are proud to announce the foundation successful raised more than $250,000, and met its matching goal of $50,000 with the Blue Buffalo Foundation, all to help in the fight against pet cancer.
Probiotic awareness and supplementation (whether through food or supplements) is not only becoming more common in people and small animals, such as cats and dogs, there is growing interest in using probiotics in larger species, including horses.
While cancer can affect any dog, certain breeds have a known higher risk for certain types of cancer. For owners of these dogs, awareness of their dog’s susceptibility to these cancers can help them better monitor their pet’s health, as well as discuss with their veterinarian preventive measures to reduce, when possible, the likelihood of their dog developing these cancers. Awareness of symptoms also can lead to earlier detection, often with better outcomes for dogs that do develop cancer.
Turn on the television, listen to the radio, or surf the internet and you’re likely to find something about probiotics and prebiotics. The last 20 years have seen an explosion of interest in and use of these products in both human and veterinary medicine. Now researchers are turning their attention to tackling wildlife diseases with probiotic therapies.
In human medicine, our growing knowledge about the role of viruses as a cause of certain cancers has led to the development of vaccines as preventives, including against cervical cancer in women. Cancer-causing viruses also are becoming better known in veterinary medicine, and researchers are looking for likely viral culprits, including those that may play a role in the development of feline lymphoma.
On May 22, more than 300 animal lovers from around the world laced up their shoes, grabbed a leash and a friend (or two, or three, or more), and participated in Morris Animal Foundation’s third annual Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Virtual Walk. Nearly $50,000 was raised to support the best, most innovative research to stop pet cancer from taking more lives.
Judi Schachte’s voice catches as she tells the story of how she came to participate in Morris Animal Foundation’s Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Virtual Walk, coming on Sunday, May 22. Her story is one of terrible tragedy, but also of hope and perseverance.
Nearly 180 animal lovers gathered on Sunday, May 15, for the first Northern Virginia K9 Cancer Walk presented by Orvis in Leesburg, Virginia. Participants enjoyed a sunny if windy day as they strolled their way through beautiful Morven Park.
Spend five minutes with Cathy Caples, and you’ll feel like you’re talking with an old friend. Cathy is the lead volunteer for the first Northern Virginia K9 Cancer Walk, taking place this Sunday, May 15, at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia
Learning that a beloved pet has cancer can be devastating. In addition to dealing with the emotional turmoil that accompanies this diagnosis, many owners also must make decisions about treatment options. Surgery is a common treatment method, but it can be an agonizing choice for owners, particularly if the surgery is radical, such as amputation.
Randy Walker of eastern Tennessee was looking for a competition roping horse for his son, Johnny. Caddy fit the bill. She was a beautiful gray quarter horse mare and a champion competitor. When Randy went to pick up Caddy, he noted a small knot on her head, but was assured it was nothing.
We’ve said it before but it bears repeating; there is a growing shortage of trained veterinary scientists. In honor of World Veterinary Day, we would like to recognize our fellowship recipients, past and present.
Dog lovers from California's South Bay area took a stroll around the beautiful lake at Vasona Lake Park on Sunday, April 24, for the sixth annual Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk. Nearly 1,000 participants raised more than $135,000, a new record for this event.
Morris Animal Foundation first dipped its paw into the cat genetic pool in 1962, when the foundation funded its first genetic study in cats. New analytic tools developed since that time have resulted in an explosion of new genetic studies. In the last decade alone, the foundation has funded 44 cat genetic studies. Here are some interesting genetic facts that make our feline friends unique!
Battling cancer one time seems more than enough for any dog and its family. But for Bogey, and many other dogs, cancer can have more than one face. “You think that if your dog has had one cancer, it won’t get another,” said Kim Bradley. “That isn’t a correct assumption, but I thought it when Bogey had his first cancer.”
Christine Alves is a busy person. A member of German Shepherds of the Bay Area, one of the leading teams participating in the Morris Animal Foundation Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk on April 24, on any given day you can find her hanging up posters promoting the walk, or leaving cards at business encouraging people to register.