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2009: A Year of Animal Health Successes

Looking back on the past 12 months, Morris Animal Foundation has accomplished so much on behalf of the animals we love. A few highlights from 2009 include:

Evaluating a Potential Cancer-fighting Drug: A Foundation funded-study found that the widely used chemotherapy drug doxorubicin, combined with taurolidine, is more effective than either drug alone. This new treatment should provide dogs with a brighter future in their fight against bone cancer.

Testing Alternative Treatment for Gastrointestinal Disease: The Foundation funded a study to look at a novel probiotic to treat inflammatory bowel disease, the most common cause of chronic vomiting and diarrhea in cats. Read more.

Providing Safer Pain Relief for Colic Patients: Colic is a major cause of death in horses, but the drug commonly used to treat pain associated with colic also inhibits intestinal healing. A fellowship training grant revealed that robenacoxib does not inhibit intestinal healing. The researchers are now determining the safest and most effective dose of robenacoxib for postsurgical treatment of horses with colic.

Advancing Knowledge of How Red Tide Affects Marine Life: Harmful algal blooms, called red tides, have poisoned and killed marine life living off the coast of Florida. Researchers learned critical information that is helping marine life rehabilitators treat affected sea turtles and sea birds. Read more.

Preserving the Last Wild Horses from Extinction: Foundation funding helped a young researcher develop reproductive protocols that are being used to save the Przewalski’s horse from extinction. The knowledge is also helping other equid species. Read more.

Categories: Animal health, Animal studies, Animal welfare, Bird health , Canine health, Cat health, Dog health, Equine health, Feline health, Horse health, Llama health, Pet health, Wildlife health
December 14, 2009