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In Celebration of National Dog Day – The World is a Better Place, Thanks to Dogs

August 17, 2017 Carol Borchert

We celebrate National Dog Day on August 26, a chance to remember all the reasons we love dogs, but also a chance to help make the world a better place for dogs. Read on to discover some fun facts about dogs, then learn what you can do right now to help all dogs have longer, healthier lives.

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Solving the Plague Puzzle Important to Preserving Western Prairie Wildlife Ecosystems

August 10, 2017 Carol Borchert

When a prairie dog colony is decimated by plague, the effects reverberate throughout the entire local ecosystem, from animals to plants and even the soil.

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In Memory of Tag – Owner Determined to Help in the Fight Against Canine Cancer

August 3, 2017 Carol Borchert

When Tag, a beloved golden retriever, lost his life to cancer, his devastated owner decided to channel her grief into action. Determined to help change health outcomes for all dogs, she is matching all gifts to the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, now through National Dog Day on August 26.

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Cuddly Koalas Under Threat From Dual Diseases

July 20, 2017 Carol Borchert

Morris Animal Foundation funded-researchers in Australia are racing to understand the debilitating and sometimes deadly interaction between koala retrovirus (KoRV) and chlamydia infection as koalas continue to be pushed toward extinction.

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Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Campaign Meets Fundraising Goal

July 6, 2017

Our annual campaign to raise funds for cancer research that will lead to new understandings about how to prevent, diagnose earlier, and treat the cancers that take the lives of our pets too soon. The campaign exceeded its fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of our donors and a dollar-for-dollar matching gift (up to $50,000) from the Blue Buffalo Foundation.

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Unite to Fight Pet Cancer: Your Gift Makes the Difference

June 29, 2017

Thank you to all our donors for your generosity during our Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Campaign, which ends on June 30. Your gifts will support pet cancer studies at leading institutions around the world, helping veterinary researchers push for more answers and find more solutions to the broad range of diseases we call cancer.

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A Chance to Change Cancer Treatment

June 15, 2017

Finding out your dog has cancer is a devastating experience for many pet owners. If you also happen to be a veterinarian, emotions collide as you find yourself in the position of both owner and doctor, like Dr. Joe Schmidt and his wife, Sue.

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Catching Cancer in Cats

June 8, 2017

Although we tend to think of viruses causing diseases like the flu or common cold, it’s becoming increasingly clear that viruses have strong links to certain cancers, both in people and animals. Nowhere is this more obvious than in cats, where cancer-causing viruses have been recognized for decades.

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Dedicated to Finding Cures and Saving Lives

June 5, 2017

For Marla, being a participant in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a labor of love – love for Snickers and for the dogs she’s lost. Snickers, who also is a therapy dog, is a hero in her eyes, as are all the dogs enrolled in the study.

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How Does Cancer Affect Wildlife?

May 25, 2017

When considering issues affecting wildlife health, cancer doesn’t immediately come to mind. However, cancer is a problem for many wild animals and poses unique challenges for wildlife biologists, veterinarians and conservationists.

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New Equine Research Advances Battle Against Cancer

May 18, 2017

Cancer is found in diverse animal species, from mice to sharks. Horses are no exception. They share many of the same cancers seen in other animals as well as people; cancers which can be devastating for horses and their owners.

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Your Cat’s Best Defense against Cancer May Be Snuggling with You

May 11, 2017

Many of us do monthly or yearly cancer bump and lump checks on ourselves as part of our overall wellness efforts to catch any potential problems early – sometimes with lifesaving results. The same kind of lump and bump check can be a life-saving routine for our cats, too.

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Dr. Robin Downing Champions Morris Animal Foundation and Unite to Fight Pet Cancer

May 4, 2017

Always a passionate advocate for the animals who share our world, Dr. Downing has long supported the fight against cancer both professionally and in her own pets' lives.

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Hug Your Veterinarian – It’s World Veterinary Day

April 29, 2017

Veterinarians, armed with expertise and a wealth of knowledge, help save animals every minute of every day. To honor the work they do, World Veterinary Day, on April 29, is a day set aside to celebrate and acknowledge the life-saving work carried out by veterinarians all over the world.

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Join Morris Animal Foundation as We Unite to Fight Pet Cancer

April 25, 2017

Help us fight pet cancer and give our pets a better chance at a longer, healthier life – pets like Rocky, a beloved Dalmatian whose life was cut short by cancer – by making your gift today.

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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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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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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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