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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.



Stress Mimics Illness in Shelter Cats

Illnesses top the list of reasons some shelter cats are euthanized, and stress is a major risk factor for disease development and progression. Purdue University researchers looked at how cage size and enrichment, including toys, influenced stress in shelter cats. They found that cage size mattered less than providing enrichment and places to hide in reducing stress. Researchers also identified inexpensive and practical ways for shelters to lower stress in cats and improve their overall health. (Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, May 2017)


Understanding Aggressive Mast Cell Disease

Mast cell tumors account for up to 20 percent of all skin cancers in dogs.These tumors vary widely from localized masses that can be removed with surgery, to aggressive masses that rapidly spread to other organs. North Carolina State University researchers identified genetic signature differences between aggressive and nonaggressive mast cell tumors. These signatures may aid in more rapid diagnosis and treatment of these common but poorly understood tumors, and improve prognosis. (Chromosome Research, January 2017)


Promising New Surgical Technique

Laryngoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to correct recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN), a progressive deterioration of the nerve supply to the muscles of the larynx. This condition, most commonly treated in horses, leads to narrowing of the upper airway opening and breathing difficulty. University of Illinois researchers showed that a new surgical technique using a self-locking suture button outperformed the currently used laryngoplasty technique in equine patients. (Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society, November 2016)


Pneumonia Breakthrough for Bighorn Sheep

Infectious pneumonia is responsible for a dramatic decline of bighorn sheep. Montana State University researchers uncovered how the pneumonia spreads and persists in some herds, causing high lamb mortality. This new information helped the team develop disease models to test new prevention strategies. One strategy is showing improvements in lamb survival and may lead to a management solution that helps infected herds. (Ecology, September 2016)

Categories: Cat health, Animal studies, Wildlife health, Equine health, Dog health, Horse health, Animal health, Veterinary news, Canine health
September 7, 2017