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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bowie, the dancing dog, faces cancer with loving support from his owner

March 15, 2016

This past November, Laurie Sullivan and her golden retriever Bowie performed in a freestyle dance event at the World Canine Freestyle Organization North American Nationals. It wasn’t their first time competing there, and it probably wasn’t their most polished performance. However, for Laurie, it was one of the happiest moments of her life.

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