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Science has the power to change the world

October 12, 2012 MAF

When Dr. Mark Morris Sr. established Morris Animal Foundation in 1948, he envisioned a world in which scientific discoveries would lead to healthy lives for animals.

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Cool Cats Deserve Cool Science

October 9, 2012 MAF

Being as cool as they are, cats deserve their fair share when it comes to health research. Morris Animal Foundation is funding scientists from across the globe who are using cutting-edge technologies to change the way veterinarians diagnose and treat cats. These new studies are really something to “purr” about.

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A View From the Field: Chimps in Uganda

October 8, 2012 MAF

In recent years, infectious diseases have threatened the health of Africa’s endangered apes. Social interactions and behaviors may play a role in spreading disease among wild primates, but very few scientists have looked into these relationships.

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Research Improves Parrot Health

October 2, 2012 MAF

Most veterinarians are aware that Morris Animal Foundation funds research to improve canine and feline health. But you may not realize that we also invest in projects that benefit exotic pets, including amphibians, reptiles and birds. One of the most popular common exotic pets found in homes are parrots, a species Morris Animal Foundation has been instrumental in helping throughout the years.

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Orvis Takes a “Shot” Against Canine Cancer

September 23, 2012 MAF

Cancer is a disease that touches many of us. Canine cancer is the No. 1 cause of death of dogs over the age of 2. About 50 percent of dogs will develop the disease in their lifetime, and one in four will die from it. Many dog-loving people and companies, including The Orvis Company, are taking a stand against this horrible disease.

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Science Heads Toward a Future Without FIP

September 18, 2012 MAF

Luvey was a sweet calico that Ann Hardy adopted as a kitten. As Luvey aged she experienced chronic urinary issues. After seeing many veterinarians and a behaviorist over an eight-year period, Luvey was diagnosed with a congenital bladder deformity. She had surgery but afterward developed signs of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a fatal disease. The veterinarian believed the virus may have been dormant and was triggered by the stress of surgery

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New Circle of Discovery Honors Foundation Supporters

September 10, 2012 MAF

Imagine a future in which a dog with cancer lives a long life with the people who love him. Early diagnostic tools identify kidney disease, so a cat can be effectively treated and years are added to her life. Horses are free of laminitis because researchers find ways to prevent this common disease. An endangered rhino population is thriving because of reproductive interventions.

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Researchers Help Horses Stay a Hoof Ahead of Disease

August 30, 2012 MAF

Treating disease in horses is never an easy task. They are large and often headstrong animals with a complicated physiology to match. Although advancements in equine health have made large strides in recent decades, still, no treatment plan is more effective—or less expensive—than preventing disease from happening in the first place. That’s why several recent Morris Animal Foundation–funded studies are focusing on equine disease prevention.

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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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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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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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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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