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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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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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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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Study results address deadly blood clots in cats

October 20, 2016

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.

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I’ve got an itch! The top 5 causes of itchy skin in dogs and cats

September 6, 2016 Kelly Diehl, DVM, MS, ACVIM

If you’ve ever lived with a dog, you’ve probably seen a rear leg start moving when we scratch an ear or belly. Or you have a cat that always seems to scratch its ears. Maybe you’ve heard the jingle jangle of a collar as a back foot comes up to scratch an itchy neck. Although both dogs and cats experience the occasional itch (just like we do), as pet owners it’s important to recognize when an itch is an indication of a more serious problem.

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Buzz off! Protecting your pets from diseases spread by insects

July 26, 2016

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil just around the corner, concerns about the Zika virus have filled the news. But Zika is only one of many diseases, both mild and serious, spread by insects such as mosquitoes and ticks. These vector-borne diseases affect people all over the world, and our dog and cat companions are susceptible to many of these same infections. Pet owners need to be vigilant to keep their pets healthy and happy during the “biting” season.

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Insects not only bug our horses, they spread potentially life-threatening diseases

July 8, 2016

As summer heats up and we head outdoors for fun in the sun, we have to deal with one of the more negative aspects of quality time outside; pesky insects that bite and harass. Horses are no exception to this problem. Not only are insects frustratingly annoying to our horses, they also can carry diseases that infect horses, some of which can be life-threatening.

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Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Wraps up 2016 Campaign

July 5, 2016

On June 30, Morris Animal Foundation’s third Unite to Fight Pet Cancer campaign came to an end. We are proud to announce the foundation successful raised more than $250,000, and met its matching goal of $50,000 with the Blue Buffalo Foundation, all to help in the fight against pet cancer.

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Probiotics and health in horses

June 29, 2016

Probiotic awareness and supplementation (whether through food or supplements) is not only becoming more common in people and small animals, such as cats and dogs, there is growing interest in using probiotics in larger species, including horses.

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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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