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National Pet Obesity Awareness Day draws attention to expanding problem

October 7, 2015

We all know that being overweight can seriously impact our health and that of our pets. One of the complications of excess body weight is shortness of breath with accompanying sleep apnea.

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When it comes to pain medication, birds of a feather do not flock together

September 22, 2015

A raptor soaring through the sky is an iconic image of strength and beauty, but life can be dangerous for these magnificent birds.

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Controlling rabies outbreaks in developing countries

September 22, 2015

Dr. Darryn Knobel was troubled by the high incidence of canine rabies in certain impoverished areas in his country. The disease posed a significant risk to both humans and dogs, and the potential spread to other communities and wildlife was a concern.

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Understanding pet loss and grief

August 25, 2015

Our capacity as human beings to love correlates to our capacity to grieve. Because of how we come to love our pets, we experience profound loss when one of them becomes ill or dies.

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Harnessing the power of stem cells for horses

August 11, 2015

Stem cells show remarkable potential as treatments for a variety of equine disorders from orthopedic injuries to organ regeneration, but we still need to answer many questions to unlock the full potential of these biological superheroes.

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Morris Animal Foundation "gives a hoot" to protect owlets

July 31, 2015

Scops owls are some of the smallest owls in Europe, with a wide habitat ranging from Spain to Russia, and from country to city.

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Boxers and cancer

May 27, 2015

A recent cancer survey in 435 dogs found that brain cancer is more common in dogs than previously reported, and boxers are one of the most commonly affected dogs.

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South Africa, a Long Way From Oregon

March 18, 2015

Creeping up on African buffalo to monitor their health is no easy task; they are big, formidably armed, and don’t take kindly to strangers; but it can be a piece of cake compared to finding funding for wildlife health research.

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Staff Members Make a Difference, One Month at a Time

February 4, 2015

Sitting from my office desk and peering at my colleagues busily working away, I smile thinking about the meaningful work we each contribute to every day. Staff members at Morris Animal Foundation come from different backgrounds and experiences, but we have something very special in common: We are all striving to create a better and brighter future for the animals we love.

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Jackass Penguins? Student Works to help the African Penguins

January 21, 2015

Known as the jackass penguin because of its donkey-like bray, the African penguin once flourished. Unfortunately, this penguin species—the only one to breed in Africa—has suffered severe population declines in recent years and is currently classified as endangered. Current numbers are estimated at only 10 percent of the more than 1.45 million adult penguins that existed at the start of the 20th century.

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The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project and Morris Animal Foundation

January 21, 2015

By the early to mid-1980s, fewer than 300 mountain gorillas were known to still exist in the world. Zoologist and primatologist Dr. Dian Fossey, who studied mountain gorillas exclusively in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, wanted to change those numbers.

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Celebrating the Past, While Looking Toward the Future

January 15, 2015

At a time when most veterinarians were working with farmers and agricultural animals, Dr. Mark Morris, Sr, catered to companion animals and their owners. In 1929, he established one of the very first exclusively companion animal veterinary clinics in the country, Raritan Animal Hospital in Edison, New Jersey. In addition to being at the forefront of providing companion animals with outstanding veterinary care, Dr. Morris also felt that nutrition could be used to manage various health conditions that affected animals.

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Happy National Bird Day: We Celebrate 25 Years of Helping Birds

January 4, 2015

Owning a companion bird is no small task. One of the many pets that “owned” me was an adorable cockatiel named Frosty. She was 3 years old when I adopted her. Unfortunately, inbreeding for her unusual white and black coloring contributed to her many health problems. When I met her, she was housed in a cage designed for a much smaller bird, leaving her inadequate room to move around. She was obese, could not fly and could barely walk.

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It’s Not Too Late to Send the Perfect Gift!

December 24, 2014

Looking for the perfect last-minute gift for the animal lovers in your life? Honor your friends and family members by sending Morris Animal Foundation holiday eCards.

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Season of Hope: Parker Puts His Talents to Work Against Cancer

December 22, 2014

At only 7 years of age, he’s already accomplished so much. Parker’s a professional animal model and actor, a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners and he competes in agility in his spare time. He can skateboard, surf and even play a very bad rendition of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on the keyboard—if you listen very carefully and have a lot of imagination.

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Hairy Situation for Polar Bears

December 3, 2014

Imagine the stress of your entire neighborhood rapidly changing—the main roads moving or switching direction and your food source, the grocery store, closing or moving further away. For polar bears, their vast Arctic home ranges are literally melting away.

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Chronic Wasting Disease: A Serious Concern in North American Wildlife

November 26, 2014

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a contagious neurological disease that poses a significant threat to wild populations of deer, elk and moose. It causes lesions in the brains of infected animals and leads to a drastic decrease in body condition, visible behavioral abnormalities and ultimately death. CWD has been identified in 20 states and two Canadian provinces.

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Everyone Loves Turtles, Especially Students!

November 14, 2014

Leatherbacks, Kemp’s ridley, Hawksbill, Eastern Box, Green Sea and Blanding’s are just a few of the many species of turtles Morris Animal Foundation has helped since 2000.

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Foundation Announces Four New Veterinary Fellowships for Advanced Study

October 22, 2014

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Fellowships for Advanced Study are four-year grants designed to financially support veterinarians while they return to school for training to gain a PhD in a field of animal health research. The Foundation recently granted four new Veterinary Fellowships for Advanced Study (learn more about them below), which brings the total number of current fellowships to 12.

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Ask the Expert: Dr. Lisa Belden

October 1, 2014

Frogs, toads, newts. Did you know these amphibians fill an important ecological niche—and that their populations are declining rapidly worldwide?

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