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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 A plethora of heartworm preventatives

September 1, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Heartworm disease, which is spread by mosquitoes, can irreversibly damage the heart, lungs and blood vessels of your dog, cat or ferret. Treatment of this frequently fatal disease is very hard on dogs and next to impossible in cats and ferrets. That’s why heartworm prevention is so important. […]

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Audio Fighting fleas with benefits

September 1, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Fleas can cause more than just itching. Some carry tapeworms that can lead to weight loss in dogs and cats. Certain tapeworms develop, in part, inside fleas. When grooming, your four-legged friend may accidentally eat one of these fleas, along with its tiny tapeworm. Inside your pet’s digestive […]

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Audio Prevent, don’t provoke, canine distemper

September 1, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you think canine distemper is rare these days, hold on. While vaccination programs have largely kept this devastating disease under control in pets, it still lurks in wildlife. All it takes is an unvaccinated dog confronting a raccoon, a skunk or another dog with distemper for the […]

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Audio Prevent, don’t provoke, canine distemper

September 1, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you think canine distemper is rare these days, hold on. While vaccination programs have largely kept this devastating disease under control in pets, it still lurks in wildlife. All it takes is an unvaccinated dog confronting a raccoon, a skunk or another dog with distemper for the […]

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Audio The exotic side of veterinary care

September 1, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Over 10 percent of U.S. families have warm and fuzzy animal companions other than dogs, cats, horses or birds. Some of these exotic pets include rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and ferrets. And just like many families with dogs and cats, lots of people with exotic companion mammals want […]

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Audio Creature comforts for the ride

September 1, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Just because you dig road trips doesn’t mean your pet does. Many pets simply prefer the comforts of home. But if your furry friend is coming on vacation, you can make the experience more bearable. If your pet has car jitters, slowly driving around the block a few […]

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Audio How to collar data

September 1, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download We use smart devices every day, but it looks like they’ve gone to the dogs (and cats). That’s actually a good thing. Today’s wireless technology allows very small tracking gadgets to fit into pet-friendly accessories. These tiny devices can transmit data to a smartphone app so that pet […]

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Audio Temperatures that go up may not come down

September 1, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If this message saves just one more life, it bears repeating: the heat generated inside of parked cars can be deadly to our pets. And this doesn’t just apply to hot summer days. A recent study showed just how quickly the inside temperature of a car can rise, […]

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Audio Just take a hike

September 1, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you and your hound want to just take a hike, here are some tips to heed before setting off. Before anything else, ask your veterinarian if your pooch is fit for trekking. Also, make sure your dog is trained to heed your commands, which can literally be […]

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Audio Masking life

September 1, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s a heartbreaking fact that many pets die in house fires each year. Estimates range from 40 thousand to 150 thousand deaths annually in the United States alone. People know to run outside when a fire erupts but a pet’s instinct is to hide. So not surprisingly, most […]

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