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A Healthier Tomorrow® for Animals in 2011

Morris Animal Foundation funded nearly 300 animal health studies in 2011. Each study outcome provides critical knowledge that will help advance veterinary medicine for the benefit of companion animals and wildlife worldwide, creating A Healthier Tomorrow for Animals. Our funding helped scientists:

  • Understand strategies to better manage and prevent feline upper respiratory infections in shelters
  • Demonstrate efficacy of the use of a long-acting antibiotic in many different species of wildlife
  • Demonstrate that administering frequent, low-doses of chemotherapy is an effective treatment and causes fewer side effects than conventional chemotherapy for dogs with soft-tissue sarcoma
  • Determine the optimal dose of a new formulation of the pain-relieving drug hydromorphone, which lasts up to four days after a single injection
  • Mentor 80 veterinary students who worked on research projects to improve the health of companion animals and wildlife
  • Develop a genetic test for retinal dysplasia in Labrador Retrievers and Samoyeds
  • Identify a drug for pain relief in horses with intestinal injuries that has fewer side effects
  • Determine that immunizing mares may be the most beneficial way to protect foals against pneumonia
  • Use genetic markers to determine the most effective treatment for feline abdominal lymphoma
  • Develop new techniques for identifying potential colic treatments
  • Better understand the nutritional needs of captive pandas
  • Test the efficacy of a new class of drugs to treat oral squamous cell carcinoma in cats
  • Develop and validate a test that will help researchers monitor the stress levels of wild mammals without requiring their capture  

Posted by MAFon January 12, 2012.

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Submitted by Sue Deneke at: January 31, 2012
Is there any research ongoing in canine arthritis, specifically the spine in giant breeds?