Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit that funds studies to improve veterinary science. It works to help dogs, horses, wildlife, and cats, of course! Morris’ studies have helped to improve cat health in some of the following ways:
- Discovered a better diet for diabetic cats
- Researched how to keep cats in shelters healthier
- Participated in the development of the first feline leukemia vaccine
Morris has many new studies to help improve the future health of cats, too:
- One study will work to learn more about different types of mammary cancer in cats. The Creative Cat has done its part to keep its readers aware of feline breast cancer, so now there’s a chance to help increase knowledge in this area. Researchers will look into whether mammary cancers can be separated based on DNA defects. Having this information could lead to better treatments for cats with cancer.
- Another Morris Animal Foundation study will also help in the fight against cancer. This study will look into oral cancer that affects cats. The drug dasatanib, which is used as a treatment for oral cancer in humans, will be tested in its ability to help cats. Currently, there are not many treatments available that can help cats with oral cancer, so this drug could be very important.
- A third study involves looking at a treatment for eye problems caused by feline herpesvirus-1. Researchers will test long-term effects of cidofovir, a drug that has been used successfully to treat short-term herpesvirus infections in cats. Long-term use of this drug may have negative effects, but it could also keep the herpesvirus at bay.
Morris has many other new studies that it hopes will help cats in the future. Join us in the fight to help animals and donate today.
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I’m very pleased to have been asked by a writer for the Morris Animal Foundation to host a guest blog post. If you’re not familiar this organization supporting research for animals of all species all over the world, please visit their website and read about all they do on behalf of research for cats, a species sadly lacking in supported research, as well as other pets, wildlife and farm animals.
About the Morris Animal Foundation,”Where science meets HOPE”
“Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science that advances veterinary medicine for companion animals, horses and wildlife. We are a global leader in animal health science, and our funding helps more species in more places than any other organization in the world.
Since our founding in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $70 million toward 2,000+ studies, and these studies have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures for animals. Some of the breakthroughs funded through the Foundation have become gold standards in veterinary care.”
Author Bio: This is a guest post by Katie F. on behalf of Morris Animal Foundation. Visit morrisanimalfoundation.org/ to learn more about the animal health research that Morris Animal Foundation participates in.
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