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IMHA: When the Body Attacks Itself

October 29, 2014

When Meisha was diagnosed with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) at the age of 3, her owner Joanne Dickson, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, had never heard of the disease. More than two decades later, Joanne is an expert on IMHA, having put massive efforts into raising awareness and research funds.

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Arthritis and Our Pets, How We Are Offering Hope

October 28, 2014

For many of us, the leaves are beginning to fall from our trees, days are becoming shorter and the air is becoming a little crisper. But the one thing that remains the same year-round is that our pets provide us unconditional companionship and loyalty.

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What’s in Your Dog’s Blood? Let Us Explain.

October 27, 2014

Although diseases and medical conditions can’t always be diagnosed with blood tests alone, they do provide veterinarians with telltale signs that help them identify minor and major health issues.

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Foundation Announces Four New Veterinary Fellowships for Advanced Study

October 22, 2014

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Fellowships for Advanced Study are four-year grants designed to financially support veterinarians while they return to school for training to gain a PhD in a field of animal health research. The Foundation recently granted four new Veterinary Fellowships for Advanced Study (learn more about them below), which brings the total number of current fellowships to 12.

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University Spotlight: Tufts University

October 20, 2014

Located in North Grafton, Massachusetts, a short drive from Boston, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University began offering its doctor of veterinary medicine curriculum in 1978. Just five years later, Morris Animal Foundation funded its very first animal health study at Tufts University, a project that examined treatment for feline leukemia.

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Every day was the happiest day of her life

October 20, 2014

To Tracy and Andy Dauterman, Cami was no ordinary dog. As most Golden Retriever owners can attest, Cami was an adorable and rambunctious puppy who loved nothing more than to chase lizards and play splash in the pool, but wherever she went, Cami always seemed to attract the attention of perfect strangers that would admire her pretty and happy face.

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Elk Grove Leading the Way to Fight Cancer

October 17, 2014

One woman started with a vision of raising awareness and funds for canine cancer research. She was tired of experiencing the heartache and loss…now ten years later...she has helped thousands of dog lovers around the country raise more than $1 million to support Morris Animal Foundations dream of one day finding a cure for canine cancer.

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Are Bats Scary?

October 15, 2014

As Halloween approaches, bats appear everywhere—from cheerful paper cutouts adorning windows to giant lawn decorations.

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Every Year Is the Year of the Horse at Our Foundation

October 13, 2014

When I think of freedom, one of the images that instantly comes to mind is that of a horse running free. Anyone who’s spent time around these beautiful animals knows that it isn’t that they merely like to run, they live to run.

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A Hero with a Winning Smile

October 10, 2014

Puzzle (aka the Wuz, Puz Wuz or the Wuzzle) first came into the lives of Kari and her family in April 2013, after Kari changed careers from exotic animal trainer to dog trainer and behavior therapist for children with developmental disabilities.

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A Special Sssss-omething About Snakes!

October 8, 2014

When we hear the word “snake,” lots of images may pop into our heads, some of which may be negative: Slimy, poisonous, scary or deadly. Yet snakes perform an important function in the...

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Did you know?

October 6, 2014 Jean Vore

Dog vaccine offers first potential therapeutic treatment for horses with melanoma...

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Happy World Animal Day!

October 3, 2014

Mountain gorillas, Siberian tigers, California condors, giant pandas, saiga antelope, North Atlantic right whales and Asian elephants. What do these amazing creatures have in common?

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Osteoarthritis in Cats

October 2, 2014

As we mentioned last month, cats are masters at hiding their illnesses, so as pet owners we need to keep close watch on their behavior. As Morris Animal Foundation continues to fund impactful science to help our feline friends lead longer, healthier lives, we would like to share an update with you about one of our studies.

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Ask the Expert: Dr. Lisa Belden

October 1, 2014

Frogs, toads, newts. Did you know these amphibians fill an important ecological niche—and that their populations are declining rapidly worldwide?

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From the Desk of Dr. Brown

September 29, 2014

Crossing the country for my first job as a veterinarian, I left the university fully armed with the latest information on the nutritional management of disease in my animal patients. I couldn’t have imagined treating patients with health conditions—ranging from kidney and urinary tract disease, diabetes and obesity to gastrointestinal disorders and allergies—without being able to open my medical bag of nutritional therapies...

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Ready, Set, Go! Elk Grove, Calif., Gears Up for Annual K9 Cancer Walk

September 29, 2014

It’s that time of year again for the 6th annual Elk Grove K9 Cancer Walk benefiting Morris Animal Foundation. This flagship event will take place on Sunday, October 12, at Elk Grove Regional Park in California. The goal is to raise $65,000 for Morris Animal Foundation’s ongoing fight against canine cancer.

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East Tennessee Walks with a Purpose

September 26, 2014 Robin Rhea

As pet parents, we know that our dogs expect to be walked regularly. Whether the walks are meant to give us exercise, take us on an adventure or bring us peace of mind, the bottom line is that our walks together happen...

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Happy Sea Otter Awareness Week!

September 24, 2014

When it comes to adorable looking wildlife, sea otters are certainly toward the top of the list. Once hunted to the verge of extinction for their lush fur (the densest of all animals), California sea otters are now a protected species, though still listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Certain populations of Northern sea otters are listed as endangered.

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Wildlife Can Get Cancer, Too

September 18, 2014

The Tasmanian devil is more than a cartoon character. This carnivorous scavenger plays an important role in the ecosystem of the island of Tasmania, but the species is now in trouble.

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