Cancer is found in diverse animal species, from mice to sharks. Horses are no exception. They share many of the same cancers seen in other animals as well as people; cancers which can be devastating for horses and their owners.
Recurrent lameness and swelling in Timeless the Quarter Horse's right forelimb had left her limping and in pain. The source? A persistent infection of unknown origins she wasn’t able fight off. Morris Animal Foundation-funded researcher Dr. Steven Zedler used a new, non-invasive, imaging technology to identify the source of the infection for surgery and helped Timeless make a full recovery.
Sepsis is the no. 1 cause of death in newborn foals. This life-threatening condition impairs several bodily functions, including energy metabolism. This study examined the levels of two important energy-regulating hormones, insulin and leptin, in foals with sepsis.
A major Morris Animal Foundation initiative was begun five years ago and is still going strong in advancing the health of horses through genetics research. In 2006, an international team of equine researchers began sequencing and assembling the horse genome, which was completed in early 2007.
Study Results: Student Identifies New Avenues to Study Laminitis Prevention Laminitis is a crippling disease of the equine hoof that causes intense and severe pain when horses put all of their weight on the affected leg.
Since 2004, when an equine influenza virus jumped the species barrier from horses to dogs, canine influenza has quickly spread throughout the American dog population and has become an emerging threat to dogs.