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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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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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Stopping interspecies spread of tuberculosis

March 8, 2016

In the United Kingdom, an ongoing and growing outbreak of tuberculosis in cows has public health officials worried. Cows can spread the disease to humans through dairy products, and in some cases, direct contact. Badgers are known carriers of Mycobacterium bovis (the bacteria that causes tuberculosis in cattle) and are suspected to be major players in spreading disease in the current outbreak.

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Morris Animal Foundation Unite to Fight Pet Cancer

March 8, 2016

Morris Animal Foundation’s third Unite to Fight Pet Cancer campaign is underway, raising awareness about pet cancer and increasing funding for current and future cancer studies. Cancer remains one of the most common causes of death in dogs and cats. Morris Animal Foundation has been actively engaged in pet cancer research for almost 70 years. Our recent successes include a major discovery of cancer risk genes in golden retrievers and the innovative use of a melanoma vaccine in horses.

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Spiders, snakes and all things creepy don't frighten this researcher

February 23, 2016

The hot and humid Florida summers didn’t discourage Brad Ahrens from playing each summer in the swamp behind his grandmother’s house. Dressed up like a safari guide, young Brad was armed with a wildlife guidebook, snake pole, a backpack full of his grandmother’s empty jars, and a healthy love of all things creepy and crawly.

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Be my Valentine – Interesting facts about animal hearts

February 12, 2016

With Valentine’s Day approaching, and gaily colored hearts everywhere, we can’t help but think of love. And who gives us more unconditional love than our animal friends?

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Donor inspired by love of animals to become a Loyal Friend

February 8, 2016

A long-time animal rescue volunteer, trainer and animal lover, Jan Hitchborn originally began giving to Morris Animal Foundation after hearing about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study through her local golden retriever rescue group.

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Inflammation in horses can be too much of a good thing

January 11, 2016

One of the key players in many equine orthopedic diseases is inflammation – a duel-edged sword essential for healing, but detrimental when it goes unchecked. In fact, many of the most devastating illnesses affecting horses have their origin in persistent and excessive inflammatory responses leading to irreversible tissue damage.

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Macaw wasting disease can be diagnosed earlier with combined testing approach

January 5, 2016

Early and effective diagnosis of proventricular dilatation disease, also called macaw wasting disease, is crucial in preventing transmission of infections to other birds. Continued PDD research by the Texas A&M team includes ongoing improvement of diagnostic testing strategies and accuracy as well as working on preventive measures.

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Canine distemper virus crosses species barriers, endangers fragile wildlife populations

December 22, 2015

Spillover, a phenomenon where a virus or other pathogen moves from one species to another, is a popular news topic and a growing problem not only in people but also in wildlife. Canine distemper virus is a growing health challenge that is “spilling over” into different species of animals and placing many of them at risk.

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Holiday ecards a wonderful way to give a gift, make a gift, and make a difference

December 14, 2015

Debi Grunnah has been a long-time supporter of Morris Animal Foundation. She became aware of our mission when her veterinarian made a donation to the foundation in her horse’s name after her horse passed away, and Debi received a memorial card from the foundation.

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Javan rhinos: an ongoing struggle to save a species

December 8, 2015

With fewer than 45 individuals left worldwide, the Javan rhinoceros is thought to be the rarest large mammal on earth. Researchers funded by the Morris Animal Foundation are in a race against time to protect the health of the remaining animals and give them a chance at population recovery. What seems to be standing in their way is a deadly parasite spread by a common fly.

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Season of Hope and future scientists: investing in people to help animals

December 7, 2015

Dr. Josh Stern didn’t know that an after-school job as a kennel boy would lead to a lifelong career in the service of animals. Cleaning cages led to taking dogs to their veterinary appointments, and eventually his doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

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Keep your pets healthy this holiday season

November 25, 2015

The holidays are upon us, and with celebrations comes plenty of seasonal cooking and baking with delicious meals, desserts and food gifts. As we are enjoying the bounty of the season, it’s tempting to share a tasty morsel of special food with our pets. But it’s important to remember that food treats can become food disasters for our companion animals, and wind you up with an unexpected holiday trip to your veterinarian

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Season of Hope - Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

November 16, 2015

For Kristi and Chris Fiala, life just wouldn’t be complete without their golden retrievers. Like many, the Fialas got “hooked” on the breed when they got their first golden, Maggie. Since then, they’ve welcomed Jack, Gracie, Cody and Milton into the family.

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and our pets

November 13, 2015

Staphylococcus aureus, a common bacteria, is found on the skin of humans, but not on animals. Some animals can acquire S. aureus and MRSA from contact with people who are infected with the bacterium. Although research suggests that animals can be colonized by MRSA, they also can clear the infection on their own.

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Season of Hope - taking on osteosarcoma

November 9, 2015

Xanadu, a fun-loving Labrador retriever, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of his right front leg in August 2010. Lisa Dowell chronicled her dog’s ensuing struggle in a blog, documenting the ups and downs associated with chemotherapy – response, relapse, experimental treatments – all the highs and lows.

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Sniffle, snort, sneeze - upper respiratory infections in cats

October 28, 2015

If you’ve ever owned a kitten or gone to a shelter, you’ve likely seen the sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes typical of feline upper respiratory tract infections. Although most of these infections in cats are like colds in people – annoying, but not life-threatening – occasionally they become much more serious.

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