‘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 Doing your due diligence fighting heartworms

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s mosquito season, which recalls the life-threatening effects of heartworm disease. So if you’re the parent of a dog, cat or ferret, listen up. Adult heartworms living inside dogs or wild canids—that is, their natural hosts—produce offspring that travel in the blood. Feeding mosquitoes ingest these larvae, then inject […]

Audio Getting foal-ready

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhile waiting nearly a year — 340 days on average — for your mare to foal, there’s a whole host of things you can do to help things run smoothly. Providing daily exercise lets your mare stay in shape for foaling. Offering a diet of good pasture, high-quality hay, […]

Audio Pets on the move

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPets feel the unsettling effects of moving as much as anyone in your family. So if you’re a pet parent on the move, you’ll need to create security in the midst of chaos and set up a routine quickly in your new digs. That’s usually easier for dogs than […]

Audio Thiamine gap in cats

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThiamine, or vitamin B1, is an essential vitamin for cats. Without it, our feline friends are unable to metabolize carbohydrates normally and they can get seriously ill. Cats get thiamine from the foods they eat. But over the past several months, a number of cat foods have been recalled […]

Audio Weighing diet options for geriatric horses

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs horses age, they are at risk of certain medical problems, like chronic weight gain or loss. That’s why staying on top of nutrition becomes more important than ever. It’s often a matter of checks and balances. If your horse has no problems with fat or glucose metabolism, you […]

Audio Lice and easy: Dog infestations

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf your pooch is super itchy, you’re liable to blame it on fleas. But a lesser-known parasite could be at fault. Although lice are commonly considered to be a human problem, cases of dog lice have been on the rise in some parts of the country. Certain types of […]

Audio First aid saving pets

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs temperatures rise and our pets are outside longer, emergency risks start ticking up. Here are some important things to keep in mind. Heat stroke can manifest as labored breathing, an unsteady gait or complete collapse. Some animals vomit or have diarrhea, develop deep red gums or drool excessively. […]

Audio Tuning in to stressed-out canines

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadStress is an all-too-common aspect of our lives these days — and it affects our canine companions, too. But if we know what to look for, we can lend a steady hand to our panicky pooches. Canine anxiety often manifests as gastrointestinal signs, like diarrhea or vomiting. These abnormalities […]

Audio What bugs cats

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCats may seem like they’re above it all, but they have definite likes and dislikes when it comes to interactions with their humans. Here are some behaviors that can land you on their naughty list. Although he appears aloof, your feline friend may get irked by being ignored. Chances […]

Audio Senior dogs with communication gaps

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen dogs age, they go through a lot of physical changes. Some are no big deal, but others have profound effects on their lives. In some senior dogs, signals from the brain no longer make it to the legs. Affected dogs can knuckle over when they walk, slip on […]

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