‘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 Have your dog’s back at all times

Nov 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download A number of diseases can be a pain in the back for your dog. Take intervertebral disc disease, or IVDD, which occurs when discs cushioning the backbones swell and press into the spinal cord. IVDD is painful and can cause partial or complete paralysis of the legs. Breeds […]

Audio What can make those brown eyes blue

Nov 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Eyes may be the windows to the soul, but they also mirror your pooch’s health. If your buddy’s brown eyes turn blue, that should raise a red flag. There are many reasons for eye color changes in dogs. Some are minor, like hardening of the lenses, which is […]

Audio Taking cover from tricks and treats

Nov 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Halloween is a scary time for pets. Just look at the world of ghosts and goblins through the eyes of your four-legged friend. “Not the doorbell again! And here come more strangers. Yikes! Their faces look strange, and they’re wearing odd clothes. What should I do — be […]

Audio Pet meds: bargains close at hand

Nov 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you’re shopping for deals on your pet’s medications, you could opt to buy them from a grocery store, drugstore chain or online pharmacy instead of your veterinary clinic. But gather all the facts first. For example, never buy prescription drugs from a pharmacy that says you don’t […]

Audio Diabetes and the flabby feline

Nov 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Being a tubby tabby can work against your cat in many ways. In fact, just being 2 pounds over his or her ideal weight can put your furry friend at risk for some serious health issues. One of the diseases that can plague pudgy felines is Type 2 […]

Audio All praise be to dogs

Nov 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Whether you’re training your pooch or relying on a pro, you may wonder which method is the most effective — using praise or punishment. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior holds that punishment (for example, in the form of choke, pinch or electronic collars) should not be […]

Audio Iguana give you a pat

Nov 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download We all love warm welcomes from our pets. Dogs come wagging and cats cuddle up, but what about reptiles? Can our cold-blooded companions feel and show emotion? Like all animals, reptiles are capable of fear and aggression. Snakes often hiss or coil up to ward off unwelcome advances, […]

Audio Putting respiratory pathogens in their place

Nov 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you’re a pooch parent, you may know kennel cough as an infectious canine disease that incites a lingering, hacking cough. In reality, it’s a group of possible infections caused by various bacteria and viruses. Within this contagious syndrome, some microbial culprits cause worse symptoms than others. But […]

Audio Bingeing to death

Nov 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you binge on carbohydrate-heavy snacks, you could be in for a bellyache; but the same thing can be fatal to your horse. Grain overload is an equine emergency — even though your horse might look fine when you discover the bingeing. But don’t be fooled. This situation […]

Audio A bitter pill to swallow

Nov 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Every day, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves certain drugs based on their safety and effectiveness. If the drug you use to treat yourself or your animal companion is not FDA-approved, you could be taking a huge risk. In May 2014, a compounding pharmacy in Kentucky used […]

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