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Just breathe – study gives hope to horses suffering from asthma

December 1, 2016

Asthma, which cause swelling in the airways and difficulty breathing, is typically thought of as a human disease but also can occur in horses. In fact, equine asthma (recurrent airway obstruction) is one of the most common respiratory problems seen in horses. The disease leads to progressive breathing difficulty, severely impacting the quality of life for horses that suffer from it.

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#GivingTuesday a time to reflect and embrace the spirit of the season

November 29, 2016

Entering its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration to celebrate and encourage giving. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, this year on November 29, and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

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Dr. Morris’s ideas and innovations continue to positively impact pet lives

November 28, 2016

During this year’s Season of Hope, we remember Dr. Mark Morris Sr.’s commitment to helping animals that indirectly suffered from the Great Depression. Dr. Morris discovered that a lack of table scraps during these difficult years led many dog owners to turn to inexpensive commercial foods in order to feed their pets.

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Foundation gives pet-loving family hope despite heartache

November 22, 2016

Jan Deboeuf-Borders and Jeff Borders have a bustling household of furry friends, and a family with plenty of love to go around. As life-long animal lovers, the family has known the joys associated with having lots of four-legged “fur kids” sharing their lives.

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Hope on the horizon for deadly feline disease

November 15, 2016

Felicity Thayer remembers the first time she laid eyes on Toulouse, a tiny, longhaired, dark gray kitten that seemed to appear out of nowhere.

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Fighting back against cancer with new technology

November 8, 2016

Oyl the cat doesn’t care that the hair on his back has turned prematurely grey. Or that his owner, Jordan Borders, has been worried about him.

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A gift of health for the animals we love

November 1, 2016

In cultures, countries and traditions around the world, the winter season is a time of sharing and caring, of family and friends, and of celebration and giving. At Morris Animal Foundation, winter also is our Season of Hope – when your donation helps animals around the world have longer, healthier lives.

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It’s Halloween – What We’re Doing to Make the World Less Scary for Animals

October 31, 2016

Habitat destruction and poaching are considered two of the biggest threats to wildlife species around the world. But there are other major threats that need attention; and these can be difficult to detect until their damage has been wrought – parasites, viruses, bacteria and other agents of infection.

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Study results address deadly blood clots in cats

October 20, 2016

A sudden cry and collapse can signal one of the most dreaded diseases in cats –arterial thromboembolism. Abnormal blood clots form in the blood stream and then lodge in blood vessels, cutting off blood supply and causing sudden pain and collapse.

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Sacramento area residents raise more than $40,000 for canine cancer research

October 11, 2016

On Sunday, October 9, dog lovers from the Greater Sacramento area came together under beautiful skies to walk through California’s Elk Grove Regional Park to raise money and awareness of canine cancer.

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Indianapolis dog lovers walk to fight K9 Cancer

October 10, 2016 MAF

More than 200 people started their engines and took to the streets to walk in the fourth annual Indy K9 Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 2. Nearly $25,000 was raised to help fund studies at Morris Animal Foundation that will lead to advances in the detection, prevention and treatment of canine cancer.

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Indianapolis dog lovers walk to fight K9 Cancer

October 10, 2016

More than 200 people started their engines and took to the streets to walk in the fourth annual Indy K9 Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 2. Nearly $25,000 was raised to help fund studies at Morris Animal Foundation that will lead to advances in the detection, prevention and treatment of canine cancer.

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Loving golden retrievers, and walking to give them a healthier tomorrow

October 5, 2016 Lila Zlotowski

The time has come for Morris Animal Foundation’s 2016 Greater Sacramento K9 Cancer Walk. Bring your family, friends, and furry ones as we walk to fight canine cancer on October 9 in Elk Grove Regional Park, in Elk Grove, Calif.

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Each step for this dog owner honors lost pet

September 27, 2016

Brandy Ludlum fights back the tears as she talks about getting ready for the upcoming Morris Animal Foundation Indy K9 Cancer Walk on October 2, 2016. Brandy will be participating in her fourth walk. However, she’ll be missing a special companion; Heidi, her beloved golden retriever.

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Study helps veterinarians understand persistent infections

September 20, 2016 Carol Borchert

Many pet owners and veterinarians struggle to help pets that just can’t shake an infection. Itchy ears that don’t get better, recurrent urinary tract infections, wounds that never completely heal – all persistent infections that can frustrate even the most caring owner and diligent veterinarian.

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Remembering our animal companions on National Pet Memorial Day

September 9, 2016

Each year, on the second Sunday in September, National Pet Memorial Day remembers and celebrates the bonds we have with our pets, and honors their memory. Falling on September 11 this year, the day is especially poignant.

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I’ve got an itch! The top 5 causes of itchy skin in dogs and cats

September 6, 2016 Kelly Diehl, DVM, MS, ACVIM

If you’ve ever lived with a dog, you’ve probably seen a rear leg start moving when we scratch an ear or belly. Or you have a cat that always seems to scratch its ears. Maybe you’ve heard the jingle jangle of a collar as a back foot comes up to scratch an itchy neck. Although both dogs and cats experience the occasional itch (just like we do), as pet owners it’s important to recognize when an itch is an indication of a more serious problem.

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Like Father, Like Son - The Legacy of Dr. Mark L. Morris Jr.

August 16, 2016

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.

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Building on history: the Foundation celebrates 68 years of improving the lives of animals everywhere

August 1, 2016

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.

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Buzz off! Protecting your pets from diseases spread by insects

July 26, 2016

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.

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