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Golden Study Celebrates Its Second Year

August 29, 2014

I’m writing today while Bridger, my 16-month-old furry child, is lying on my feet. Bridger is an enthusiastic, unapologetic ball of energy and joy, all contained in a beautiful Golden Retriever body. And, even though he doesn’t know it, he is a hero for all dogs. Bridger is a participant in Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, which enters its third year in September.

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Keeping a Close Eye on our Cat Companions

August 22, 2014

Cats are masters at hiding illness, so even the most subtle changes can indicate a serious health problem, including cancer. Cats with illness may show few, if any, clinical signs until it has progressed to the advanced stages. The importance of early detection and routine preventive care are critical to keeping your cat healthy.

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Javan Rhinoceros: Working Together to Save a Species

August 15, 2014

We have all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Did you know it also takes a village to save a species from extinction? Groups of skilled researchers, wildlife managers and government officials working together with organizations, such as Morris Animal Foundation are all needed to ensure species survival. The Javan rhinoceros is one such species that needs help from the research village.

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High-Status Chimps Could Help Prevent Disease Spread

July 28, 2014

No other species is closer to humans than the chimpanzee, which shares 95 to 98 percent of our genetic blueprint. Like us, they live in family units and create complex social communities. Also like us, their close interactions with one another can lead to illness.

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Study Sheds New Light on Feline Blood Disorder

July 2, 2014

Determining the meaning behind feline blood test results is often a challenge. Especially difficult for veterinarians can be trying to interpret why a cat has lymphocytosis, a condition in which the numbers of lymphocytes (one type of white blood cell) increase beyond the normal range.

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Morris Animal Foundation Has Brazil on the Brain

July 1, 2014

The eyes of the world have been fixed upon Brazil and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as nations from around the world send teams to compete for soccer’s, or rather football’s, crown jewel. Morris Animal Foundation has also sent teams to Brazil in the past. One team in particular used our funding to study the health of the maned wolf, South America’s largest canid.

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Why Do Brood Mares Develop Colic?

June 30, 2014

Any mother knows that giving birth is a painful process, but imagine if shortly afterwards, your bowel twisted, causing you excruciating pain?

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We’re Halfway There: Celebrating Our 1,500th-Dog Milestone

June 18, 2014

It is with great excitement that we introduce you to Brooks, the 1,500th Golden Retriever to enroll in the study...

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Does Lead in New Orleans Have Mockingbirds Singing the Blues?

June 16, 2014

Mockingbirds are known for their ability to mimic other birds’ songs, and now it seems the northern mockingbirds living in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans may be learning to sing the blues, too.

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Did You Know… Genetics Research Will Improve Alpaca Health

May 30, 2014

Did you know that alpacas were domesticated in South America thousands of years ago? These gentle, friendly herd animals are part of the camelid family, which also includes camels, llamas, vicuña and guanacos.

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What’s Black, White and Endangered?

May 19, 2014

With roughly 1,600 panda bears left in the wild and fewer than 400 in captivity, these animals need help to survive. Morris Animal Foundation has been helping to improve panda health since 2000...

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Happy National Wildlife Week! We're Going Ape Over Great Apes

March 14, 2014

Our love affair with the endangered mountain gorillas of east-central Africa began nearly 30 years ago. To mark National Wildlife Week, we thought we’d share a bit about these majestic creatures and our role in saving them from extinction...

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Morris Animal Foundation Celebrates Anniversary with Matching Gift

September 30, 2013

Morris Animal Foundation would like to thank our loyal donors for your generous donations! Because of you, we surpassed the goal we set for our 65th Anniversary Matching Gift Challenge. Thousands of animal lovers across the country dug deep and gave generously to put us over the top, ensuring we received a...

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Dog owner and veterinarian show dedication to Golden health

July 2, 2013

Golden Retriever owners are as loyal to their breed as Goldens are to their owners. That's why Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study caught the attention of veterinarians and dog owners across the country, including Dr. Michael Lappin and Nancy Bishop of Massachusetts.

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From Bats to Elephants to Sea Lions: New Studies Will Help Species Worldwide

May 23, 2013

“There’s nobody else out there that provides veterinary wildlife dollars to the extent that Morris Animal Foundation does,” says Dr. Mark Stetter, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University and a former chair of Morris Animal Foundation’s Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board.

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Upcoming Human-Animal Bond Research Funding Opportunities

May 2, 2013

Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) has announced funding will be made available for high-quality research designed to better understand the human and animal health benefits of the human-animal bond in seven areas.

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Research Identifies Most Effective Knee Surgery

August 6, 2012 MAF

Cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) disease, a condition common in dogs, occurs when an important ligament in the knee joint tears. Such a tear can result in partial or even complete joint instability, pain and lameness. Breeds commonly affected by CCL disease include Newfoundlands, Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers, American Staffordshire Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Mastiffs, Akitas and Saint Bernards.

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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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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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