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The Ruff Report: Dogs and Health


Worldwide effort to cure canine cancer

An ambitious global campaign to raise $30 million money to find a cure for cancer in dogs in the next 10 to 20 years and to develop more effective treatments for canines suffering from the disease has been launched by the Morris Animal Foundation.
The Denver-based organization - which funds animal health research that protects, treats and cures companion animals and wildlife - has raised more than $3.5 million in donations and pledges so far, according to a media release. The money is being used to pay for research at many of the world’s leading veterinary, academic and scientific institutions.

The foundation also hopes that the canine cancer research will produce breakthroughs in the prevention, treatment and cure of human cancer, particularly in children.

One in four dogs die of cancer, and the disease is the number one cause of death in dogs over age 2, according to the foundation. Some of the most popular breeds are especially susceptible to cancer. Sixty percent of Golden Retrievers die of the disease.

Many people have made contributions in the names of their dogs who have died from the disease, according to the foundation. Frequently, donations come from children who have raised money in honor of their beloved, cancer-stricken dogs.

Some businesses and institutions have also helped. Pfizer's Animal Health has donated $1.1 million, Pets Best Insurance has pledged $1 million and Golden Retriever Foundation has pledged $500,000.

To help educate dog parents about cancer, the foundation has a special report about cancer on its web site. The report features information and insight from Colorado State University and Cornell University, two of the world's leading colleges of veterinary medicine and canine cancer research.

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First-ever canine cancer drug developed
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Reports about dogs and flea, tick control:
'High-priority' alert issued for flea, tick products
Use of flea, tick products a must despite EPA warning
Stop ticks from dogging - or killing - your pet

Reports about dogs and oral health:
The stinking truth behind smelly dog breath
Good oral care can be a lifesaver

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For pets, your dirty hands are really sickening
Try this fountain of youth for your pet
Your dog is at risk of getting the flu, too

Ear, skin ailments top reasons for vet visits
Pollen poses major health problems for pets
Purebred dogs needlessly suffering, report says
Alarming rise in heartworm a threat to pets
'Speak' to your primary care veterinarian
Dog heart medicine research results promising
Cushing's drug receives FDA approval
Global warming ushers in lethal dog diseases
Paralyzing diseases of dogs, people linked
More reports about dogs and health

Visit www.morrisanimalfoundation.org to see the cancer report and www.curecaninecancer.org for more information about the fund-raising project.

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