Fresh Scoop

Morris Animal Foundation

The science of animal health is ever-changing, and veterinarians need cutting-edge research information to give their patients the best possible care. Each month, join Dr. Kelly Diehl, Scientific Adviser at Morris Animal Foundation, as she interviews Foundation-funded researchers and discusses the clinical implications of their work. Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org.

All Episodes

Dr. Kelly Diehl speaks with Drs. Janny de Grauw and Diane Howard about the challenge of detecting and measuring chronic pain in horses.

Nov 9

34 min

Join Drs. Kelly Diehl and David L. Anderson as they discuss saving the critically endangered Ridgway's hawk from parasitism as well as global health threats to all raptors.

Sep 8

31 min 2 sec

Join Drs. Kelly Diehl and Margaret Gruen as they discuss cognitive dysfunction in dogs (and cats), including signs of decline, monitoring tools and quality of life for both pets and owners.

Aug 11

25 min 32 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl interviews Dr. Annette McCoy, Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine. The two discuss leg fractures in horses and McCoy’s latest Foundation-funded study, which is evaluating the long-term effects of a moderately strenuous exercise plan on bone development in foals. Her team is collecting data for an algorithm they hope to use to design exercise programs for foals to reduce risk of injuries later in life.

Jul 8

29 min 2 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl interviews Dr. Laura Selmic, Associate Professor in Surgical Oncology at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, about her Foundation-funded work to evaluate a new diagnostic tool for use in treating feline injection-site sarcomas. Selmic’s team investigated the use of optical coherence tomography in detecting cancer cells left behind following removal of injection-site sarcomas in client-owned cats undergoing surgery.

Jun 8

24 min 30 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl asks all the questions you've ever had about fiber for your pets, but were afraid to ask, to Dr. Aarti Kathrani, Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the United Kingdom’s Royal Veterinary College. They cover different properties of fiber, its effects on the gastrointestinal tract, and even some disadvantages about dietary fiber use, among other topics.

May 11

28 min 40 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks about hyperthyroidism in cats with Dr. Ellen Behrend, the Joezy Griffin Endowed Professor and Alumni Professor at Auburn University. The two discuss what is known about the disease, methods to diagnose it and treatment options.

Apr 13

34 min 14 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks about salmonella in horses with Dr. Brandy Burgess, an associate professor at the Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia. The two discuss what we know about the bacterial disease, current management strategies and challenges it poses to veterinarians. Dr. Burgess also talks about her current Foundation-funded research, which is determining the duration of salmonella shedding among test-positive horses.

Mar 9

29 min 25 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks about bloat in dogs (also known as gastric dilatation and volvulus) with Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski, an associate professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Rozanski discusses the physiology of bloat, factors affecting prognosis, and prevention. She also covers her Foundation-funded research, which studied how bloat affected blood clotting and heart function.

Feb 9

33 min 2 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Kristyn Vitale, an assistant professor of animal health and behavior at Maine’s Unity College. They share insights on feline behavior, a neglected but important area of cat health and well-being. Dr. Vitale busts popular myths about cat sociability, trainability and more.

Jan 12

34 min 47 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Robin Tinghitella, an associate professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Denver. They discuss Dr. Tinghitella’s new project to investigate if noise pollution is harming cricket populations and, subsequently, the wildlife food chains of which they are an essential part. In this study, crickets will serve as a model for invertebrates to help answer questions about the health and reproductive consequences of noise.

Dec 2020

27 min 54 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Patricia Harris, a European Specialist in Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition. They discuss the equine obesity epidemic and how to determine a horse’s body condition. Dr. Harris also offers advice for owners on how to help their horse lose weight, as well as strategies to prevent obesity.

Nov 2020

43 min 34 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Marge Chandler, the clinical nutritionist for Vets Now Referrals in Glasgow, Scotland. They discuss obesity in pets, the latest science about it and what owners can do to keep their pets trim.

Oct 2020

41 min 12 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Drs. Josh Stern and Ronald Li, Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. They discuss how arterial thromboembolism in cats is treated, as well as their efforts to improve diagnosis and treatments.

Sep 2020

30 min 55 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Anna Jolles, an Associate Professor in Epidemiology at Oregon State University. They discuss tuberculosis in African buffalo and Dr. Jolles’ Foundation-funded work to understand how disease interventions for TB can affect population health in the long run.

Aug 2020

37 min 16 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Annette McCoy, an assistant professor of Equine Surgery at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The two discuss osteochondrosis, a significant health and welfare issue for horses. They also cover Dr. McCoy’s Morris Animal Foundation-funded study to try to identify genetic risk factors for development of the disease.

Jul 2020

36 min 54 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Karen Munana, a professor of veterinary neurology at North Carolina State University. The two discuss seizures in dogs and Dr. Munana’s Foundation-funded study to evaluate the use of a collar-mounted accelerometer to detect seizures in epileptic dogs. The two also do a little seizure myth busting.

Jun 2020

38 min 19 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Vanessa Barrs, a virologist and Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Affairs at the City University of Hong Kong. The two discuss feline viruses and Dr. Barrs’ Foundation-funded study on feline panleukopenia. They also dive into the topic of COVID-19, in relation to pets.

May 2020

30 min 45 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Lauren Schnabel, Associate Professor of Equine Orthopedic Surgery at North Carolina State University. The two discuss Schnabel’s new therapy to combat persistent joint infections in horses, potentially saving them from years of pain. Her team developed a platelet-rich plasma lysate that, when teamed with antibiotics, can eradicate bacterial biofilms common in joint infections.

Apr 2020

25 min 43 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Susan Kutz, a wildlife veterinary parasitologist and Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. The two discuss how climate change impacts Arctic animals through disease. Dr. Kutz also talks about her Foundation-funded research to monitor stress levels and the health of wild musk oxen to help inform conservation strategies.

Mar 2020

30 min 56 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks feline chronic kidney disease with Dr. Jessica Quimby, Associate Professor at The Ohio State University. They discuss the causes of this common disease of older cats and Dr. Quimby talks about her Foundation-funded research on how kidneys age and become damaged.

Feb 2020

29 min 49 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Molly McCue, Associate Dean of Research, and Professor, at the University of Minnesota. They discuss equine metabolic syndrome, a serious and increasingly common disease in horses. Dr. McCue also discusses her Foundation-funded research to better define the syndrome and understand its risk factors.

Jan 2020

33 min 39 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Jody Gookin, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at North Carolina State University, about gall bladder mucoceles, an increasingly common, and potentially deadly, disease of dogs. Dr. Gookin discusses the disease, her research on how mucoceles form and how we might prevent them in the future.

Dec 2019

32 min 56 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Judi Stella, Research Associate at The Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, and a Morris Animal Foundation-funded researcher. The two discuss cat welfare and her research to find strategies shelter managers and private practice veterinarians can use to reduce stress for cats.

Nov 2019

33 min 13 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Valerie McKenzie, Associate Professor in the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a Morris Animal Foundation-funded researcher. The two discuss the worldwide problem of the chytrid fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and Dr. McKenzie’s recent efforts to stop it in boreal toads.  

Oct 2019

36 min 58 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program and the University of California, Davis, and a Morris Animal Foundation-funded researcher. The two discuss the history of animal shelters in the United States and Dr. Hurley explains her study on how to decrease cases of feline respiratory disease in shelter cats.

Sep 2019

40 min 42 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks again to Dr. Missy Simpson, Study Epidemiologist for the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. The two discuss the first substantial findings of the Study, about how spaying or neutering large-breed dogs can put them at a higher risk for obesity and, if done when the dog is young, non-traumatic orthopedic injuries.

Aug 2019

23 min 29 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks about laminitis with Dr. Janet Patterson-Kane, Morris Animal Foundation’s Chief Scientific Officer. The two cover the disease’s scope, current treatment and new research addressing it. They also discuss what horse owners can do to help prevent this debilitating disease.

Jul 2019

25 min 42 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks with Dr. Jordan Karubian, Associate Professor at Tulane University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, about his latest study, which found that mockingbirds exposed to sub-lethal levels of lead in urban areas display heightened aggression. He says the findings highlight the possibility that sub-lethal lead exposure may be common among other wildlife living in urban areas and more work is needed to better understand its full effects.

Jun 2019

29 min 13 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks about equine herpes virus with Dr. Tracy Stokol, Professor of Clinical Pathology at Cornell University. The two cover this devastating disease, as well as Dr. Stokol’s recent Morris Animal Foundation-funded research into certain white blood cells, called monocytes, to help horses fight equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV1) infections.

May 2019

22 min 1 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks about gastric acid secretion issues in dogs and cats with Dr. Katie Tolbert, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Tolbert also discusses her Morris Animal Foundation-funded work to evaluate the effectiveness of a commonly prescribed drug for chronic kidney disease in cats.

Apr 2019

23 min 53 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks about spinal cord injuries and diseases among cats and dogs with Dr. Natasha Olby, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at North Carolina State University. Dr. Olby discusses her Morris Animal Foundation-funded work to find treatments and optimize recovery for these issues.

Mar 2019

28 min 34 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl talks about mitral valve disease in dogs with Dr. Kate Meurs, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Meurs discusses her Morris Animal Foundation-funded study to identify genetic mutations to recognize dogs that would be at risk for developing the disease, and how veterinarians might intervene.

Feb 2019

33 min 24 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl discusses equine eye diseases and genetic testing issues with Dr. Rebecca Bellone, the Director of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at UC, Davis, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction at that university. Dr. Bellone covers some of the most common ocular diseases in horses, genetic testing to detect those diseases and her Morris Animal Foundation-funded work.

Jan 2019

28 min 58 sec

Dr. Kelly Diehl discusses feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski, a veterinary researcher and clinician with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. The ailment is the most common form of heart disease in cats, where the muscle in the heart itself thickens to the point that the heart can no longer function correctly to pump blood through the rest of the body. Ultimately, this can lead to heart failure. Dr. Rozanski details this problem and her Morris Animal Foundation-funded research, which looks at ways to train veterinarians to screen cats for the disease.

Dec 2018

33 min 18 sec

As hunting season begins, Dr. Diehl discusses chronic wasting disease with Dr. Dave Edmunds, a research scientist at Colorado State University’s Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. This is a fatal, neurological disease that affects members of the deer family, which  was first detected in 1967. Dr. Edmunds covers many aspects about the disease, including its history and biology, and his Morris Animal Foundation-funded research to better understand it.

Nov 2018

39 min 7 sec

Join Dr. Kelly Diehl in Fresh Scoop's debut episode as she interviews Missy Simpson, Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Epidemiologist, about the Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. This is the most comprehensive, prospective canine health study in the United States, and follows more than 3,000 golden retrievers, throughout their lives, to identify the nutritional, environmental, lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases in dogs. 

Oct 2018

34 min 15 sec