Stem cells show remarkable potential as treatments for a variety of equine disorders from orthopedic injuries to organ regeneration, but we still need to answer many questions to unlock the full potential of these biological superheroes.
On June 28, nearly 300 animal lovers from all around the world strapped on their virtual walking shoes and participated in Morris Animal Foundation’s second annual Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Virtual Walk.
As pastures grow long and luxurious in the summer sun, more horses are spending time outside grazing. Internal parasites love the summer too, and warm weather can increase a horse’s chance of coming in contact with parasites. Appropriate parasite control strategies are an important component in keeping our horses healthy.
Nicole Manriquez clearly remembers the night she first noticed the lump on her Boston terrier Lucy’s leg. The pinkish bump just looked like a mosquito bite, but Nicole, who calls herself an overprotective mom, called her veterinarian first thing Monday morning and took in Lucy.
Patricia Mulvihill has participated in every South Florida K9 Cancer Walk to benefit Morris Animal Foundation since the program began five years ago. This past January, Patricia proudly walked in loving memory of Dolly and Boo, both taken by cancer, as well as for her other dogs Baxter, Shana and Mickey.
The dogs (las perras) were in control in the city of Los Gatos (the City of Cats) during the fifth annual Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk on April 19, held at Vasona Lake Park in Los Gatos, Calif. Almost $115,000 was raised by the nearly 1,000 registered walkers (and their furry companions) to help fund studies at Morris Animal Foundation that will lead to breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of cancer in dogs.
“Tanner’s cancer diagnosis was shocking because he was feeling fine,” said Suzanne Canipe, whose cat Tanner was diagnosed with renal (or kidney) lymphoma in July 2014. Luckily for Suzanne and Tanner, his cancer was found during a routine health checkup. While no pet owner wants to hear a diagnosis of cancer for their pet, finding cancer early usually means a better chance at survival. Tanner’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, said Suzanne, “couldn’t have gone any better than it did.”
Lea Kachler-Leake knows what it’s like to suddenly lose a dog to cancer not just once, but several times over. Lea’s lost six dogs of her own to cancer. She also knows dogs she has tenderly fostered that later succumbed to this disease. “In my many years of rescue, I’ve lost fosters to cancer” Lea said. “Dogs I’ve placed for adoption have died of cancer. I own a pet- sitting business and more of my clients’ pets than I care to count have died of this horrendous disease. I’m so tired of it.”
There are few of us who have not been touched by cancer in our lifetime. Cancer is a leading cause of death and illness in people, but many of us don’t realize that cancer also accounts for nearly 50% of all disease-related pet deaths each year.
When we started recruiting dogs for our Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, we were just a little bit worried. We had a goal of enrolling 3,000 dogs to make sure the study was scientifically strong. But would that many Golden Retriever owners be willing to sign up for a study that required a commitment of, quite literally, their dog’s lifetime?
Creeping up on African buffalo to monitor their health is no easy task; they are big, formidably armed, and don’t take kindly to strangers; but it can be a piece of cake compared to finding funding for wildlife health research.
Morris Animal Foundation is excited to continue our fight against pet cancer by launching year two of our Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Campaign! Cancer continues to be one of the leading causes of death in dogs and cats worldwide. And for many of us, we want to do all we can to help our pets live a healthier tomorrow.
One word describes this year’s San Diego K9 Cancer Walk–commitment! Despite cold and rainy weather, many passionate pet parents took a stand against canine cancer to raise more than $55,000 to help Morris Animal Foundation provide longer, healthier, cancer-free lives for dogs.