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Dog breeds with increased cancer risk

June 21, 2016

While cancer can affect any dog, certain breeds have a known higher risk for certain types of cancer. For owners of these dogs, awareness of their dog’s susceptibility to these cancers can help them better monitor their pet’s health, as well as discuss with their veterinarian preventive measures to reduce, when possible, the likelihood of their dog developing these cancers. Awareness of symptoms also can lead to earlier detection, often with better outcomes for dogs that do develop cancer.

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From badgers to frogs - probiotics in the fight against diseases

June 17, 2016

Turn on the television, listen to the radio, or surf the internet and you’re likely to find something about probiotics and prebiotics. The last 20 years have seen an explosion of interest in and use of these products in both human and veterinary medicine. Now researchers are turning their attention to tackling wildlife diseases with probiotic therapies.

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New horizons in the fight against feline lymphoma inspire researcher

June 1, 2016

In human medicine, our growing knowledge about the role of viruses as a cause of certain cancers has led to the development of vaccines as preventives, including against cervical cancer in women. Cancer-causing viruses also are becoming better known in veterinary medicine, and researchers are looking for likely viral culprits, including those that may play a role in the development of feline lymphoma.

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Virtual walking around the world

May 23, 2016

On May 22, more than 300 animal lovers from around the world laced up their shoes, grabbed a leash and a friend (or two, or three, or more), and participated in Morris Animal Foundation’s third annual Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Virtual Walk. Nearly $50,000 was raised to support the best, most innovative research to stop pet cancer from taking more lives.

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Walking in memory of those lost to cancer, with hope for a better future

May 20, 2016

Judi Schachte’s voice catches as she tells the story of how she came to participate in Morris Animal Foundation’s Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Virtual Walk, coming on Sunday, May 22. Her story is one of terrible tragedy, but also of hope and perseverance.

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Foundation partners with Orvis for first Northern Virginia K9 Cancer Walk

May 17, 2016

Nearly 180 animal lovers gathered on Sunday, May 15, for the first Northern Virginia K9 Cancer Walk presented by Orvis in Leesburg, Virginia. Participants enjoyed a sunny if windy day as they strolled their way through beautiful Morven Park.

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Cancer treatment decisions can be challenging for people and their pets

May 11, 2016

Learning that a beloved pet has cancer can be devastating. In addition to dealing with the emotional turmoil that accompanies this diagnosis, many owners also must make decisions about treatment options. Surgery is a common treatment method, but it can be an agonizing choice for owners, particularly if the surgery is radical, such as amputation.

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Lead volunteer ready for first Northern Virginia K9 Cancer Walk

May 11, 2016

Spend five minutes with Cathy Caples, and you’ll feel like you’re talking with an old friend. Cathy is the lead volunteer for the first Northern Virginia K9 Cancer Walk, taking place this Sunday, May 15, at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia

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Taking on equine melanoma and winning

May 10, 2016

Randy Walker of eastern Tennessee was looking for a competition roping horse for his son, Johnny. Caddy fit the bill. She was a beautiful gray quarter horse mare and a champion competitor. When Randy went to pick up Caddy, he noted a small knot on her head, but was assured it was nothing.

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On World Veterinary Day, a recognition of our veterinary scientists

April 29, 2016

We’ve said it before but it bears repeating; there is a growing shortage of trained veterinary scientists. In honor of World Veterinary Day, we would like to recognize our fellowship recipients, past and present.

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The "City of Cats" goes to the dogs and sets new fundraising record

April 26, 2016

Dog lovers from California's South Bay area took a stroll around the beautiful lake at Vasona Lake Park on Sunday, April 24, for the sixth annual Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk. Nearly 1,000 participants raised more than $135,000, a new record for this event.

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National DNA Day - 5 fun feline genetics facts

April 25, 2016

Morris Animal Foundation first dipped its paw into the cat genetic pool in 1962, when the foundation funded its first genetic study in cats. New analytic tools developed since that time have resulted in an explosion of new genetic studies. In the last decade alone, the foundation has funded 44 cat genetic studies. Here are some interesting genetic facts that make our feline friends unique!

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Her dog's cancer led her to help others through loss

April 20, 2016

Battling cancer one time seems more than enough for any dog and its family. But for Bogey, and many other dogs, cancer can have more than one face. “You think that if your dog has had one cancer, it won’t get another,” said Kim Bradley. “That isn’t a correct assumption, but I thought it when Bogey had his first cancer.”

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Lace up your shoes for the 2016 Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk

April 19, 2016

Christine Alves is a busy person. A member of German Shepherds of the Bay Area, one of the leading teams participating in the Morris Animal Foundation Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk on April 24, on any given day you can find her hanging up posters promoting the walk, or leaving cards at business encouraging people to register.

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Knoxville K9 Cancer Walk raises nearly $30,000 for cancer research

April 14, 2016

Dog lovers from Knoxville, Tennessee, joined together on Sunday, April 10, for the fifth annual Knoxville K9 Cancer Walk. Despite chilly weather, more than 200 people gathered in The Cove at Concord Park to raise money for the fight against canine cancer.

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HC the cat from unwanted, to beloved, to mourned

April 12, 2016

Laura Mae Sudder was introduced to HC (short for House Cat) when he was a 6-month-old abandoned cat that needed a costly surgery. Laura Mae’s veterinarian thought the two would be a good match, and the next thing Laura Mae knew, she was taking HC home.

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Knoxville K9 Cancer Walk: walking in memory of Ripley, the incredible pug

April 5, 2016

Nancy Dearolf of Knoxville, Tennessee, is all too familiar with canine cancer. As a longtime participant in the Knoxville K9 Cancer Walk, Nancy, along with her wife, Paula, organized Team Ripley in memory of their pug named after “Ripley’s Believe or Not,” because his story was so incredible.

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Osteosarcoma challenges veterinarian, but he is one face of hope against this disease

March 29, 2016

Treating animals with cancer is never easy, particularly if your research focuses on osteosarcoma, one of the most devastating forms of cancer in dogs. Even with the most aggressive treatment, most dogs die within a year of diagnosis. But dogs with this type of cancer not only face greatly shortened lives, they must deal with the pain that accompanies this disease

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Tuberculosis a threat to endangered wild elephant populations

March 24, 2016

March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day, a day set aside to raise awareness of one of the deadliest infectious diseases of people worldwide. Tuberculosis also is a major health threat to many animals, and is a growing problem in both African and Asian elephants, threatening their long-term health as individuals and as species.

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Five things you might not think about (but should) when adopting a puppy

March 23, 2016

With their boundless energy, enthusiasm and adorable antics, puppies are hard to resist. On March 23, National Puppy Day, a day of celebration for all puppies add to our lives, here are five things to keep in mind when you are considering bringing a puppy into your home.

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