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Animal Airwaves is a daily radio series that features one-minute segments relating to animal health. Each module focuses on different topic of interests to the owners of animals of all types, ranging from consumer tips offering insights into animal behavior, to veterinary patient care breakthroughs and trends. A production of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, HSC communications staff and WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Animal Airwaves appears three times each day in the local public radio coverage area.

Animal Airwaves—Live is an hour-long call-in show that airs between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays on WUFT-FM in Gainesville. The show features faculty members from the UF Veterinary Hospitals who address a variety of topics relating to pet health care, including companion animals, exotic pets and horses. Call in your questions to 352-392-8989 during the show or email questions about whatever topic is being discussed that day to animalairwaves@wuft.org.

Listeners can also tune into the show online for live streaming during the broadcast at: http://www.wuftfm.org/stream/

Learn more about the UF Veterinary Hospitals by visiting www.vethospitals.ufl.edu

Recent Episodes

Audio Rabies on the range

June 1, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen the topic of rabies comes up, it’s often in the context of small animals. But in some locales, increasing numbers of cattle are also contracting rabies — with signs that often differ from those in dogs and cats. Instead of becoming aggressive, a cow with rabies tends to […]

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Audio The “cone of shame” gets a makeover

June 1, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re a pet parent, your buddy may have experienced the “cone of shame” —that lampshade-like structure worn around the neck to prevent wound-licking and face-scratching. But the cone also interferes with healthy behavior, such as eating, playing and lying down. It’s not that animals are ashamed to wear […]

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Audio Mything facts about cats

June 1, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCats can be mysterious, which may be why they inspire myths. But here are some feline fables we’re setting straight. Cats have an amazing ability to right themselves in midair and land on their feet. But there’s a limit. Just visit a veterinary hospital in warm weather to see […]

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Audio The cancer connection between pooches and people

June 1, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn the United States, cancer is second only to heart disease as the leading cause of human deaths. Similarly, cancer is blamed for nearly 50 percent of deaths in dogs over 10 years of age. Since we’re in this together, can people and pooches help each other out? It’s […]

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Audio All tied up and no place to go

June 1, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download“Tying up” is a syndrome that can stop an equine athlete cold. So just what causes this dreaded disorder — and can it be prevented? Tying up refers to painful muscle cramps induced by exercise. Some of the causes include excessive training; inadequate dietary levels of electrolytes, vitamin and […]

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Audio Goodwill ambassadors gallop in

June 1, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you were on the pediatric ward of a prominent New York City hospital recently, you may have seen young patients cheered by a goodwill ambassador. No two-legged varieties here — this guy was a furry 32 inches tall with four legs and a tail. A therapy dog? Guess […]

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Audio Genes that don’t fit

June 1, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor thousands of years, we humans have been breeding dogs for certain physical and behavioral traits. But along with the good, we’ve also gotten the bad. Over the past two centuries, much of the focus has been on breeding for physical — make that cosmetic — traits. And line […]

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Audio Staying away from pretty poisons

June 1, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s getting to be the time when we can enjoy flowering shrubs like oleander and azalea. Even animals can’t stay away — and that’s the problem. For dogs, cats, horses and goats, azalea and oleander are pretty poisons. Oleander contains an agent similar to digoxin [di-jox-in], which has powerful […]

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Audio Brace yourself for this

June 1, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThese days, our pets have teeth cleanings, dental chew treats and their own toothbrushes and toothpastes. Pet dental care sure is a larger concern than it was in the past. So what would you say to — braces for pets? No joke. If teeth are misaligned, a dog or […]

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Audio Flu news for pets

June 1, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe all know how the flu can spread among people like wildfire. But can you give your flu to your pet as well? The risk of that happening is very low, but it’s not nonexistent. Flu — that is, influenza — viruses are masters at mutating then jumping from […]

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