‘Animal Airwaves’ Category

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.

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Audio Saving dogs from drowning

Aug 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAfter a dog drowned last summer at a Miami-Dade beach, county officials provided American Red Cross training in canine resuscitation for their beach lifeguards. Because of anatomic differences between species, CPR—or cardiopulmonary resuscitation—is different when used for dogs instead of humans. So using techniques developed for people won’t necessarily […]

Audio Heartworm disease: the odds are not in your favor

Aug 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEven if mosquitoes seem few and far between where you live, don’t be fooled into thinking your pet does not need heartworm preventative. Heartworm disease requires only one animal with infected blood and a hungry mosquito to pass that infection on to your furry friend. For example, many coyotes […]

Audio When your adopted pooch dreads the doctor

Aug 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs you get to know your newly adopted pooch, you’ll have some surprises in store. One of those may be your buddy’s fear of the veterinary clinic. If your dog turns into a quaking pool of JELL-O the first time you have an appointment, it could be that clinic […]

Audio The constant threat of tetanus

Aug 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTetanus has killed horses for hundreds of years, and it remains a threat today. The big difference is that nowadays horses can be protected against tetanus by a safe and effective vaccine. The bacteria responsible for tetanus produce a toxin that attacks nerves. Because these bacteria can survive indefinitely […]

Audio Not quite the cat’s meow

Aug 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEven with the most tuned-in cat parents, cats tend to communicate on a totally different wavelength. In contrast to their chatty humans, they rely mainly on nonverbal signals. The quintessential ‘meow’ isn’t something that cats respond to—they use it to get our attention. That said, there are ways to […]

Audio A lifeline for canine care

Aug 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOver the past decade, a canine lifeline has grown from the southern to the northern United States. It began after Hurricane Katrina when shelter workers rescued pets and found them homes in the North. Folks then realized the same process might work to save dogs from overcrowded southern shelters. […]

Audio Choosing a flea and tick preventative for your pet

Aug 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNobody like fleas or ticks—and not just because they’re annoying. They can spread dangerous diseases as well. But knowing which flea and tick preventative is safe for your pet is important, because these medicines can have serious health consequences. Start by asking your veterinarian to recommend a safe and […]

Audio Inmates helping their canine soulmates

Aug 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHave you noticed that when humans who are down on their luck help challenged animals, it’s usually a win-win situation? Every two months at a state correctional institution in Pennsylvania, six dogs are brought in from a local shelter and assigned to a pair of inmates. Most of the […]

Audio With dogs and kids, safety comes first

Aug 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMore than four hundred thousand children in the United States are treated for dog bites each year. Most bites happen during the course of day-to-day activities—and are inflicted by dogs the children know. So how can we keep our kids safe around dogs? First of all, young children should […]

Audio What makes Lyme disease tick?

Aug 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlthough any time can be tick time these days, warm summer months bring these creepy crawlers out in force. And with some species of ticks comes the threat of Lyme disease—for both dogs and their human companions. Lyme disease can be spread by certain ticks as they latch on […]

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