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January 27, 2023 – Learn about the cat and dog studies we are funding in 2023 and why.

Cat Studies

Intestinal Lymphoma

  • Learn more about how intestinal cells become cancerous.
  • Evaluate steroid pills, chemotherapy or a combination for treating low-grade lymphoma.

Oral Cancer

  • Identify new therapeutic targets for oral squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Conduct clinical trial to assess novel stereotactic radiation therapy.


  • Develop an oral vaccine for sterilization of male cats.
  • Assess a novel, nonsurgical sterilization method for female cats.

Cognitive Dysfunction

  • Study biomarkers, brain abnormalities and behavioral changes.


  • Investigate the genetic basis for painful tooth absorption.


  • Collect health data on outdoor/indoor cats to inform owner educational materials.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis

  • Begin development of a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine.

Dog Studies

Ear Infections

  • Investigate novel prevention strategies and treatments.
  • Conduct clinical trial to assess effectiveness of a new adjunct topical treatment.
  • Test the effectiveness and safety of a new antibiotic.

Brain Health

  • Explore possible links between heavy metal exposures and cognitive decline.


  • Improve early diagnosis and develop genetic screening tests for Doberman pinschers, a high-risk breed.


  • Understand influence of white blood cell mutations on aging, inflammation and disease.
  • Target frailty with exercise to improve quality and length of life.
  • Evaluate if new targeted therapies can slow DNA changes associated with aging.

Bone Cancer

  • Study new immunotherapy approaches for osteosarcoma in giant-breed dogs.

Heart Disease

  • Uncover the genetic basis of subvalvular aortic stenosis in Newfoundland dogs.


  • Develop new non-food reward training practices for working guide dogs to reduce obesity.


  • Investigate if beta-blocking drugs can lower risk of developing cancer.


  • Explore early detection testing method.