The treatment of pain in cats has long been challenging, not only because cats tend to hide their pain (a throwback to their not-so-distant wild ancestry), but because many common pain-relieving drugs used in veterinary medicine are dangerous to cats.
Heart disease is a common problem in dogs and, like people, can be caused by a variety of underlying diseases including heart valve degeneration, irregular heart rate and rhythm (arrhythmia), and heart muscle disease. In spite of the many types of heart diseases affecting dogs, most share common signs that can alert owners to a problem.
Watch a cat jump on a kitchen counter or stalk a catnip mouse and you’re seeing traces of the cat’s ancient cousins. Recent genetic studies show that domestic cats are only partially domesticated, meaning that many traits of their wild ancestors are still lurking in our feline companions.
Recurrent lameness and swelling in Timeless the Quarter Horse's right forelimb had left her limping and in pain. The source? A persistent infection of unknown origins she wasn’t able fight off. Morris Animal Foundation-funded researcher Dr. Steven Zedler used a new, non-invasive, imaging technology to identify the source of the infection for surgery and helped Timeless make a full recovery.
Most kids love animals in a big, warm and wonderful way. But Ben Cote took that love to a whole new level. After losing a fight with childhood cancer, his parents were determined to help see his dreams of helping animals come true.
Keeping our canine companions fit and trim helps keep them healthy. Unfortunately, obesity rates in dogs are climbing to alarming levels. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reports that approximately 54 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, according to its 2015 survey of veterinary healthcare professionals and pet owners.
On December 31, we wrapped up our annual Season of Hope. Thank you to everyone who made a donation during this time, and throughout the year, to help animals around the world have longer, healthier lives.
The end of the year is a great time to reflect on and celebrate our successes. Your contributions have helped us fund life-saving animal health research in 2016, and improve the health and veterinary care for dogs, cats, horses and wildlife around the world. Here are a few study highlights from the past year, made possible by your generous support.
Noses to the ground, dogs will sniff out and eat just about anything. Jimbo, an overeager Jack Russell terrier (is there any other kind?) was one of those dogs. His nose got him in trouble by finding metaldehyde-containing slug baits that he happily consumed.
Spillover diseases is our lead story in the newest edition of AnimalNews, where you can keep up to date on the latest Morris Animal Foundation research and success stories. You’ll learn about the studies your gifts are helping to fund, along with updates on many of our programs, including the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
You don’t have to look very hard to find a story about environmental neglect and human health. The backstory to these reports is that caring for the environment and creating a healthier world will not only help us, but the cherished animals with whom we share the planet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.