Your Gifts in Action
For nearly 70 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.
Clinical Trial for Upper Respiratory Disease
Feline herpesvirus is highly contagious and one of the major causes of flu-like, upper-respiratory infections in cats, especially those living in high density populations such as shelters. University of California, Davis, researchers are testing a cost-effective antiviral treatment to prevent herpesvirus-related upper respiratory outbreaks in shelter cats. This new treatment may help reduce euthanasia rates due to illness and improve overall health and adoptability of cats worldwide.
Potential Extra Health Boost from Rabies Vaccine
Rabies is a vaccine-preventable disease, but remains a serious threat to people and animals in developing regions of the world. University of Pretoria researchers analyzed data of dogs in a rabies-endemic area of South Africa. The team discovered that dogs vaccinated with the rabies vaccine as part of vaccination campaigns were less likely to die from all other causes compared to unvaccinated dogs. This suggests the rabies vaccine may help boost the immune system against other diseases and infections. (Vaccine, July 2017)
Cancer Screening Test Available
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of tumor in the horse and the most frequent tumor of the horse’s eye. University of California, Davis, researchers identified a genetic mutation for this cancer in Haflinger horses which resulted in a DNA-based screening test for this breed. This new test will help identify horses at higher risk of developing SCC and assist in breeding decisions to help reduce the incidence of this cancer in Haflinger horses. (International Journal of Cancer,July 2017)
Tuberculosis Management in Deer
In the United States, millions of white-tailed and mule deer serve as a reservoir for bovine tuberculosis (BT), complicating BT eradication efforts in this country. University of Minnesota researchers developed a new, cost-effective diagnostic test to help rapidly assess BT prevalence in deer. This improved testing method will aid wildlife managers in early detection, monitoring and intervention strategies to help control this infection in deer. (American Journal of Veterinary Research, June 2017)