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Veterinary Research May Hold Solutions for Chronic Infections

August 29, 2012 MAF

Anyone who has experienced the pain of a urinary tract or bladder infection can empathize with a pet that suffers from chronic infections.

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Drug Decreases Postoperative Bleeding in Greyhounds

August 27, 2012 MAF

More than 25 percent of retired racing Greyhounds experience abnormal bleeding after routine spay/neuter surgery. In people, the drug epsilon aminocaproic acid (EACA) has been used to decrease the need for blood transfusions during certain surgeries. The drug works by strengthening and accelerating clot formation.

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Researchers Identify Conservation Method for Coral

August 20, 2012 MAF

Coral reefs are some of the most beautiful, oldest and most diverse ecosystems on our planet, but they are dying throughout the world because of human impact. The reef- building corals in the Caribbean show the greatest signs of disease-related decline.

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Researchers Determine Global Prevalence of FIV

August 15, 2012 MAF

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline coronavirus (FCoV) are two serious infectious diseases that significantly affect the health of cats worldwide. Mitochondrial genomics has determined that variations in mitochondrial DNA (mitochondria are the energy-producing factories within cells) are associated with differences in disease progression in people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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Stem Cell Therapy Brings Hope to Paralyzed Dogs

July 24, 2012 MAF

Little is known about the effectiveness of stem cell therapies to help treat dogs that have suffered paralyzing injuries—but that promise exists.

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Identifying Drugs to Manage Obesity in Cats

July 23, 2012 MAF

Obesity in cats has reached epidemic proportions: An estimated 20 to 48 percent of owned cats are now overweight. Obese cats are more likely to develop health problems, such as diabetes, skin conditions, heart disease and severe lameness. Researchers at Auburn University investigated whether they could use drugs to act on two protein molecules in the brain, known as melanocortin-3 and melanocortin-4 receptors, to treat obesity in cats.

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Stem Cells May Uncover Disease Mysteries

July 23, 2012 MAF

Learn how Morris Animal Foundation is taking the lead as the largest nonprofit source of funding to identify how stem cells really work.

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Cutting-Edge Science Could Cut Kidney Disease

July 21, 2012 MAF

Did you know that chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the number one killer of cats in the country? Though the disease can be managed if caught in the early stages, it is often not diagnosed until the late stages, leaving few treatment options.

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Morris Animal Foundation Celebrates National Zookeeper Week

July 20, 2012 MAF

National Zookeepers Week is July 15-20 and zoos across the country are celebrating it in a variety of different ways. The week is dedicated to honoring the approximately 7,000 animal care professionals across the country and the work they do in animal care, conservation and education.

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Ready, Set, Go! Annual Agility Trail to Support Canine Cancer Research

July 19, 2012 MAF

It’s time again to rally together for the annual Pepper/Sampson This marks the 12th anniversary of the agility event, which to date has raised more than $144,000 for canine lymphoma research.

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Study Shows High Prevalence of Anemia-Causing Parasite in South American Camelids

July 17, 2012 MAF

Mycoplasma haemolamae is a bacterium that attaches to red blood cells and causes anemia in South American camelids. A recently developed blood test for diagnosing infection indicates that some infected animals do not show clinical signs of anemia.

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Study Addresses Concern Over Interactions Between Anti-Flea and Anti-Parasite Drugs

July 10, 2012 MAF

Drug interactions are a significant cause of death in human patients, but problems caused by drug interactions in dogs have received little attention. Understanding more about potentially harmful drug interactions is a critical component of preventive medicine.

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Fighting for America’s National Bird

July 4, 2012 MAF

In a past Morris Animal Foundation-funded study at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, researchers showed that sevoflurane is safer and more effective than isoflurane in anesthetizing bald eagles.

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Researchers Study Impact of Environment and Stress on Cheetah Health

July 3, 2012 MAF

Captive cheetah populations worldwide are plagued by debilitating diseases and infertility, conditions that are rare in wild cheetahs. Although these condtions were originally thought to be associated with the lack of genetic diversity in captive animals, mounting evidence indicates that chronic stress in response to aspects of the captive environment alters the cheetah’s immune system.

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Morris Animal Foundation Gets Surprise at BlogPaws 2012

June 28, 2012 MAF

Once a year, the nation’s leading online voices in pet health, advocacy, welfare and lifestyle come together at the BlogPaws annual conference, and Morris Animal Foundation staff was delighted to join this year’s event.

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Research Makes Asthma Treatments Safer for Cats

June 19, 2012 MAF

Asthma caused by an inappropriate immune response to inhaled allergens affects an estimated 1 to 5 percent of pet cats. Allergy shots show promise as a potential cure, according to previous Morris Animal Foundation–funded studies; however, they can take months to work, and most cats require concurrent treatment with steroids to control serious symptoms.

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New wildlife studies help a multitude of species worldwide

June 4, 2012 MAF

Part of Morris Animal Foundation’s unique contribution to animal health is that our mission includes helping wildlife. And not only do we fund wildlife health research, but the Foundation is often the only source of funding for wildlife scientists.

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Meisha’s Legacy Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Hope

May 21, 2012 MAF

The Meisha’s Hope Fund, established to advance research into autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on May 25, 2012.

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Chance encounter leads to lifelong puppy love

May 18, 2012 MAF

Diane Tanner can trace her commitment to Morris Animal Foundation back to a youthful joy ride and a serendipitous encounter with a Doberman who changed her life.

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Cancer campaign funds nearly $5 million in research in five years

May 18, 2012 MAF

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