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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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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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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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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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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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Study Shows Genetic Ability to Repair DNA Linked to Predisposition to Cancer

July 12, 2012 MAF

Cancer is the no. 1 cause of death in dogs over the age of 2, and an estimated 60 percent of Golden Retrievers die of cancer. Research in human medicine is beginning to indicate that an individual’s ability to repair DNA correlates with his or her susceptibility to cancer.

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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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Three Veterinary Scholars Rewarded by Morris Animal Foundation

June 27, 2012 MAF

Morris Animal Foundation recently awarded prize money to two veterinary students and a graduate student in recognition of the animal health projects they completed to improve the health and well-being of small companion animals. The prizes were awarded at the Foundation’s small companion animal scientific review meeting held in Denver from June 19 to 23.

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Study Identifies a Better Method for Dosing of Chemotherapy Drugs in Dogs

June 23, 2012 MAF

Currently, chemotherapy doses are calculated based on a dog’s body surface area without taking into consideration other physiological factors that could affect drug metabolism. New research is identifying ways to improve dosing methods.

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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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Big heart, small practice

February 21, 2012 MAF

Mark Twain once said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Twain wasn’t just talking about dogs, of course, but the description sure is a fitting one for pet owners looking for a veterinary practice to fit their needs.

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Morris Animal Foundation Launches Innovative Canine Health Project

February 16, 2012 MAF

Veterinarians Invited to Participate in Largest and Longest Observational Study Ever Undertaken to Advance Veterinary Medicine

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Veterinary teams join us at the WVC Research Symposiums

February 15, 2012 MAF

Morris Animal Foundation will hold “Research that Impacts Your Practice” symposiums at the Western Veterinary Conference.

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January Veterinary Honor Roll

February 7, 2012 MAF

The following veterinarians were honored by their clients for outstanding service and dedication.

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Selected Publications Resulting from Morris Animal Foundation–funded Research

January 1, 2012

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