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Your Gifts in Action

September 7, 2017 Carol Borchert

For the past 69 years, Morris Animal Foundation has been a global leader in funding studies to advance animal health. With the help of generous donors like you, we are improving the health and well-being of dogs, cats, horses and wildlife worldwide.

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New Equine Research Advances Battle Against Cancer

May 18, 2017

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.

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Timeless races back after persistent pain sidelines her to the paddock

January 24, 2017

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.

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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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New Science Could Increase Survival of Sick Foals

July 6, 2012 MAF

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.

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Unique characteristics make horses prone to pain

May 18, 2012 MAF

While the options for alleviating pain in cats and dogs have improved significantly over the past decade or so, there is much to be learned about which drugs will work best for horses’ unique physiology and anatomy.

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Researcher puts safety first in quest for vaccine

February 21, 2012 MAF

When it comes to testing possible vaccines for deadly foal pneumonia, Dr. Stephen A. Hines, of Washington State University, makes animal safety his first priority.

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Unraveling the mysteries of aging in horses

November 28, 2011 MAF

Most scientific research is prompted by the search for tangible answers to some of life’s most fundamental questions. Where did we come from? Why do we look, feel and act the way we do?

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Study Finds that Toxins Don’t Necessarily Lead to Laminitis

November 15, 2011 MAF

Laminitis is a painful disease that often leads to death in affected animals.

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International effort on equine genetics continues making strides

August 22, 2011

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.

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Safer Drug for Pain Relief in Horses with Intestinal Injuries

June 21, 2011 MAF

Flunixin is a drug commonly used to provide much needed pain relief in horses with colic, but the drug also inhibits intestinal healing.

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Strides in Research for Equine Herpesvirus Funded by Morris Animal Foundation

June 1, 2011 MAF

Foundation Is Funding Four Current Studies to Fight Devastating Equine Disease

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Strides in Equine Stem Cell Research

April 21, 2011 MAF

Windy Bill was an exceptional thoroughbred who had spent the first part of his life on the racetrack. He was long-legged, lean and extremely tall.

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Treating pain without inhibiting healing

March 1, 2011

New drug offers new hope for colic patients.

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Findings Pave the Way for Research into Sugar Metabolism and Obesity in Horses

February 14, 2011 MAF

Study Results: Insulin sensitivity indicates how effectively the body metabolizes glucose (sugar). Body composition can influence insulin sensitivity.

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Serum Complement Activity During the Developmental Phase of Equine Laminitis

January 7, 2011 MAF

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.

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Research Indicates that Horses with Pituitary Tumors Are Not at Higher Risk for Blood Clots

December 20, 2010 MAF

MAF Successful Outcome: In pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), a common disease of older horses, the pituitary gland enlarges and forms a benign tumor.

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Determining Likelihood of Positive Outcomes by Studying White Blood Cells of Sick Horses

June 11, 2010 MAF

Although profound improvements have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of horses with gastrointestinal diseases, colic remains the leading cause of death in horses.

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February Study Successes

March 1, 2010 MAF

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Unraveling an Equine Mystery - Tying Up Disease

December 22, 2009 MAF

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