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Morris Animal News

Dogs of the sea have a best friend in Morris Animal Foundation

April 6, 2017

With their sparkling personalities and legendary intelligence, bottlenose dolphins are one of the most beloved of all sea creatures (which accounts for their “dogs of the sea” nickname). But, like all marine animals, the health of dolphins is vulnerable to the effects of pollution, climate change and emerging diseases.

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Could your cat have Tritrichomonas foetus infection?

March 23, 2017 Kelly Diehl, DVM, MS, ACVIM

The intestinal parasite Tritrichomonas foetus has been around for a long time, but veterinarians used to think it only caused problems in cattle. Recently, the parasite was recognized as a major cause of diarrhea in cats. Your cat may be infected with this parasite and you might not even know it!

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POSTED IN: Animal health

Innovative housing for shelter cats improves health and well-being

March 16, 2017 Kelly Diehl, DVM, MS, ACVIM

Each year in the United States, nearly 3.4 million cats enter animal shelters. While many cats are reunited with their families, many more are awaiting their forever homes. Keeping those cats healthy and happy is critical to increasing their odds of adoption.

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Toxic foods – tantalizing flavors can spell trouble for our pets

March 2, 2017 Kelly Diehl, DVM, MS, ACVIM

Although it is tempting to share a tasty treat with our pet, many foods that are safe for humans can be toxic for our dogs and cats. As concerned pet parents, it’s important to know which ones are especially problematic.

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POSTED IN: Pet health, Dog health

Better pain relief for cats during spay surgery

February 23, 2017

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.

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5 common signs of heart disease in dogs

February 7, 2017

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.

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How to create a healthy indoor environment for your cat

January 31, 2017

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.

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Timeless races back after persistent pain sidelines her to the paddock

January 24, 2017

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.

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A Child’s Love of Animals; A Family Honoring Their Son’s Dream

January 18, 2017 MAF

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.

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New study links obesity to formation of bladder stones

January 10, 2017

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.

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Thank you to all our donors! Your gifts help save animal lives around the world

January 1, 2017

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.

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POSTED IN: Animal health

Your gifts help save animal lives

December 27, 2016

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.

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POSTED IN: Animal studies

New treatment for deadly poisoning offers gift of life for affected dogs

December 20, 2016

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.

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POSTED IN: Animal health

Lions, tigers and rhinos in AnimalNews 16.4

December 19, 2016

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.

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A gift to make the planet a healthier home for wildlife

December 13, 2016

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.

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POSTED IN: Wildlife health

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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POSTED IN: Equine health

#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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POSTED IN: Canine health

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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POSTED IN: Cat diseases