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From Wolves to Pugs and Great Danes – the Evolution of Man’s Best Friend

October 5, 2017 Carol Borchert

Spend a day watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and it’s hard to believe that a shih tzu shares a common ancestor with an Irish wolfhound. With over 400 recognized breeds, the variety of dogs is mind-boggling. But genetic studies tell us that all dogs trace back to a common ancestor – the gray wolf, Canis lupus.

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In Celebration of National Dog Day – The World is a Better Place, Thanks to Dogs

August 17, 2017 Carol Borchert

We celebrate National Dog Day on August 26, a chance to remember all the reasons we love dogs, but also a chance to help make the world a better place for dogs. Read on to discover some fun facts about dogs, then learn what you can do right now to help all dogs have longer, healthier lives.

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In Memory of Tag – Owner Determined to Help in the Fight Against Canine Cancer

August 3, 2017 Carol Borchert

When Tag, a beloved golden retriever, lost his life to cancer, his devastated owner decided to channel her grief into action. Determined to help change health outcomes for all dogs, she is matching all gifts to the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, now through National Dog Day on August 26.

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A Chance to Change Cancer Treatment

June 15, 2017

Finding out your dog has cancer is a devastating experience for many pet owners. If you also happen to be a veterinarian, emotions collide as you find yourself in the position of both owner and doctor, like Dr. Joe Schmidt and his wife, Sue.

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Dedicated to Finding Cures and Saving Lives

June 5, 2017

For Marla, being a participant in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a labor of love – love for Snickers and for the dogs she’s lost. Snickers, who also is a therapy dog, is a hero in her eyes, as are all the dogs enrolled in the study.

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Dr. Robin Downing Champions Morris Animal Foundation and Unite to Fight Pet Cancer

May 4, 2017

Always a passionate advocate for the animals who share our world, Dr. Downing has long supported the fight against cancer both professionally and in her own pets' lives.

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Join Morris Animal Foundation as We Unite to Fight Pet Cancer

April 25, 2017

Help us fight pet cancer and give our pets a better chance at a longer, healthier life – pets like Rocky, a beloved Dalmatian whose life was cut short by cancer – by making your gift today.

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Toxic foods – tantalizing flavors can spell trouble for our pets

March 2, 2017 Kelly Diehl, DVM, MS, ACVIM

Although it is tempting to share a tasty treat with our pet, many foods that are safe for humans can be toxic for our dogs and cats. As concerned pet parents, it’s important to know which ones are especially problematic.

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5 common signs of heart disease in dogs

February 7, 2017

Heart disease is a common problem in dogs and, like people, can be caused by a variety of underlying diseases including heart valve degeneration, irregular heart rate and rhythm (arrhythmia), and heart muscle disease. In spite of the many types of heart diseases affecting dogs, most share common signs that can alert owners to a problem.

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New study links obesity to formation of bladder stones

January 10, 2017

Keeping our canine companions fit and trim helps keep them healthy. Unfortunately, obesity rates in dogs are climbing to alarming levels. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reports that approximately 54 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, according to its 2015 survey of veterinary healthcare professionals and pet owners.

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Buzz off! Protecting your pets from diseases spread by insects

July 26, 2016

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil just around the corner, concerns about the Zika virus have filled the news. But Zika is only one of many diseases, both mild and serious, spread by insects such as mosquitoes and ticks. These vector-borne diseases affect people all over the world, and our dog and cat companions are susceptible to many of these same infections. Pet owners need to be vigilant to keep their pets healthy and happy during the “biting” season.

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Dog breeds with increased cancer risk

June 21, 2016

While cancer can affect any dog, certain breeds have a known higher risk for certain types of cancer. For owners of these dogs, awareness of their dog’s susceptibility to these cancers can help them better monitor their pet’s health, as well as discuss with their veterinarian preventive measures to reduce, when possible, the likelihood of their dog developing these cancers. Awareness of symptoms also can lead to earlier detection, often with better outcomes for dogs that do develop cancer.

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Her dog's cancer led her to help others through loss

April 20, 2016

Battling cancer one time seems more than enough for any dog and its family. But for Bogey, and many other dogs, cancer can have more than one face. “You think that if your dog has had one cancer, it won’t get another,” said Kim Bradley. “That isn’t a correct assumption, but I thought it when Bogey had his first cancer.”

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HC the cat from unwanted, to beloved, to mourned

April 12, 2016

Laura Mae Sudder was introduced to HC (short for House Cat) when he was a 6-month-old abandoned cat that needed a costly surgery. Laura Mae’s veterinarian thought the two would be a good match, and the next thing Laura Mae knew, she was taking HC home.

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Knoxville K9 Cancer Walk: walking in memory of Ripley, the incredible pug

April 5, 2016

Nancy Dearolf of Knoxville, Tennessee, is all too familiar with canine cancer. As a longtime participant in the Knoxville K9 Cancer Walk, Nancy, along with her wife, Paula, organized Team Ripley in memory of their pug named after “Ripley’s Believe or Not,” because his story was so incredible.

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Osteosarcoma challenges veterinarian, but he is one face of hope against this disease

March 29, 2016

Treating animals with cancer is never easy, particularly if your research focuses on osteosarcoma, one of the most devastating forms of cancer in dogs. Even with the most aggressive treatment, most dogs die within a year of diagnosis. But dogs with this type of cancer not only face greatly shortened lives, they must deal with the pain that accompanies this disease

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Bowie, the dancing dog, faces cancer with loving support from his owner

March 15, 2016

This past November, Laurie Sullivan and her golden retriever Bowie performed in a freestyle dance event at the World Canine Freestyle Organization North American Nationals. It wasn’t their first time competing there, and it probably wasn’t their most polished performance. However, for Laurie, it was one of the happiest moments of her life.

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Season of Hope - Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

November 16, 2015

For Kristi and Chris Fiala, life just wouldn’t be complete without their golden retrievers. Like many, the Fialas got “hooked” on the breed when they got their first golden, Maggie. Since then, they’ve welcomed Jack, Gracie, Cody and Milton into the family.

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and our pets

November 13, 2015

Staphylococcus aureus, a common bacteria, is found on the skin of humans, but not on animals. Some animals can acquire S. aureus and MRSA from contact with people who are infected with the bacterium. Although research suggests that animals can be colonized by MRSA, they also can clear the infection on their own.

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Season of Hope - taking on osteosarcoma

November 9, 2015

Xanadu, a fun-loving Labrador retriever, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of his right front leg in August 2010. Lisa Dowell chronicled her dog’s ensuing struggle in a blog, documenting the ups and downs associated with chemotherapy – response, relapse, experimental treatments – all the highs and lows.

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