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Being in the Study Has Made Me a Better Dog Owner

August 1, 2014

Susan Marie runs a small Golden Retriever rescue and says she’s been rescuing all kinds of animals pretty much since she could walk. Other than one recent 6-month period over the past 40 years, she says, “I have never been without a Golden since my first.”

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High-Status Chimps Could Help Prevent Disease Spread

July 28, 2014

No other species is closer to humans than the chimpanzee, which shares 95 to 98 percent of our genetic blueprint. Like us, they live in family units and create complex social communities. Also like us, their close interactions with one another can lead to illness.

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POSTED IN: Animal studies


Chance to Help Improve the Lives of Dogs

July 24, 2014

In May 2013, their 8-year-old Golden Retriever, Lily, had been diagnosed with oral cancer. As the family struggled to come to terms with Lily’s diagnosis, their 10-year-old Golden Retriever, Max, died suddenly six weeks later from hemangiosarcoma. Lily spiraled into a deep depression and succumbed to her disease on September 11, less than three months after Max’s passing.

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The Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative

July 24, 2014

Everyone knows that having animals in our lives is good for us. It is a foregone conclusion, right? What could be better for us than having a furry head to scratch, having a dog (or cat) to walk, or just seeing a wild animal running free? These are all manifestations of the human-animal bond, but the surprising truth is that there is actually very little hard data that says animals are good for our health. That may not sound very important. After all, who needs data when so many of us already “know” it for a fact?

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Students Learn Lessons in Cooking and Giving

July 21, 2014

Earlier this year, Morris Animal Foundation received a generous donation of $233 from the students, families and staff of Monsignor Gadoury School in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

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Study Offers Hope for Horses with Melanoma

July 18, 2014

The tumor starts like so many skin cancers do: a small black bump on the skin. It is easy to overlook, since it isn’t irritating, oozing or interfering with movement. Slowly, the tumor grows, but much of the growth occurs below the skin. Over time the tumor is noted but doesn't seem a cause for concern; if it is growing so slowly, how could it be a problem? Then one day, doctors discover the tumor is much bigger than previously thought and has spread throughout the body.

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We Couldn’t Do It Without You!

July 16, 2014

The sounds of “Happy New Year” have been heard ringing throughout the Morris Animal Foundation office in Denver recently. Before you suggest we double check our calendars, let me explain...

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Remembering Helps Heal the Heart

July 14, 2014

Do you remember the first time you lost a beloved pet? I bet you do. It doesn't matter how old you are or how many losses you’ve suffered, dealing with a faithful companion’s death is never easy.

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Working to Preserve the World’s Coral

July 11, 2014

Coral reefs are some of the most beautiful, oldest and most diverse ecosystems on our planet, but they are dying throughout the world because of human impact. The reef- building corals in the Caribbean show the greatest signs of disease-related decline.

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POSTED IN: Wildlife health


Cancer: a Real Threat to Pets

July 9, 2014

Cancer poses a very serious threat to all of our pets. Six million new pet cancer diagnoses are made every year, and countless families experience the devastating effects of this deadly disease...

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Study Sheds New Light on Feline Blood Disorder

July 2, 2014

Determining the meaning behind feline blood test results is often a challenge. Especially difficult for veterinarians can be trying to interpret why a cat has lymphocytosis, a condition in which the numbers of lymphocytes (one type of white blood cell) increase beyond the normal range.

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Ways for You to #UniteToFight Against Pet Cancer

July 2, 2014

Morris Animal Foundation is excited to continue our fight against pet cancer with our ongoing Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Campaign! Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in dogs and cats worldwide. Hopefully, you’ve already downloaded our free pet cancer guides. If not, take a moment to do so now. By arming yourself with the knowledge in our guides, you take an important step in learning how to protect your pet...

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Morris Animal Foundation Has Brazil on the Brain

July 1, 2014

The eyes of the world have been fixed upon Brazil and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as nations from around the world send teams to compete for soccer’s, or rather football’s, crown jewel. Morris Animal Foundation has also sent teams to Brazil in the past. One team in particular used our funding to study the health of the maned wolf, South America’s largest canid.

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Why Do Brood Mares Develop Colic?

June 30, 2014

Any mother knows that giving birth is a painful process, but imagine if shortly afterwards, your bowel twisted, causing you excruciating pain?

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Passionate Pet Parents #UnitetoFight Cancer

June 24, 2014

More than 400 pet lovers from around the world joined together for the first-ever Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Virtual Walk on Sunday, June 22. Participants from nearly 50 states and five countries raised nearly $60,000 to help fight cancer and give dogs and cats longer, healthier, cancer-free lives.

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We’re Halfway There: Celebrating Our 1,500th-Dog Milestone

June 18, 2014

It is with great excitement that we introduce you to Brooks, the 1,500th Golden Retriever to enroll in the study...

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Manny, the Famous Frenchie, Joins the Fight Against Pet Cancer

June 17, 2014

It’s not every day you bring a new puppy into your home—let alone one that becomes famous. That’s exactly what happened to Jon and Amber Huang after they added Manny, a French Bulldog, to their family...

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POSTED IN: Canine cancer


Does Lead in New Orleans Have Mockingbirds Singing the Blues?

June 16, 2014

Mockingbirds are known for their ability to mimic other birds’ songs, and now it seems the northern mockingbirds living in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans may be learning to sing the blues, too.

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Celebrating 64 Years of Funding Feline Health Research

June 13, 2014

Since funding our first feline nutrition study in 1950, Morris Animal Foundation has supported 330 studies designed to improve the lives of our feline friends. Of those, 39 have been devoted to examining feline cancer, including studies to better understand and combat leukemia and skin cancer, both of which are highly prevalent in cats.

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“Golden” Leader Nominated for National Veterinary Technician Award

June 13, 2014

Morris Animal Foundation’s Erin Searfoss has been nominated for the inaugural American Humane Association Hero Veterinary Technician AwardTM, presented by Zoetis. This special award program was established in part to help recognize the people behind keeping our pets healthy.

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POSTED IN: Veterinary news