‘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 Don’t kiss the puppies

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRecently, 39 people in seven states became ill after touching Campylobacter-infected puppies at a national pet store chain. Nine people were so sick they had to be hospitalized. Campylobacter [CAMP-ill-δ-back-ter] is an organism that causes severe intestinal illness and fever. Although infections usually resolve within a week, they can […]

Audio Pet protection in winter

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn spite of their luxurious coats, our furry friends can take a hit in winter weather, just like we do. But there are ways to help them out before the spring thaw. Fur loses lots of its insulating power when temperatures plummet or it gets wet. And hairless areas […]

Audio Keeping up with dog diets

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf your head is spinning over diet choices for your dog, you’re not alone. First our pooches are meat-loving wolves, but now it’s all about exotic plants and grains. What’s a pooch parent to do? Remember, it’s all about nutrients and not just ingredients. And the fact is, dogs […]

Audio Medals for canine courage

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRecently, before a packed Capitol Hill audience, military officers bestowed the Medal of Courage on five heroes. That they were canine heroes didn’t surprise anyone. These valiant dogs honored represent the hundreds of dogs protecting our soldiers in combat. For example, Ranger searched out IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq. […]

Audio Gentling each other

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith wild horses, ‘gentling’ refers to conditioning a horse to respond to a trainer. And with more than 86 thousand mustangs and wild burros in the West — over 3 times the sustainable level — lots of gentling is needed to train some for adoption. In several western states, […]

Audio Telemedicine for pets

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFollowing in the footsteps of human telemedicine, there are now a number of internet sites where pet parents can get veterinary advice. There’s no doubt that such services are convenient when time is of the essence. But just how do they work? Some of these sites let you speak […]

Audio When ear infections stray

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEar infections are always on the list of most common canine diseases. However, even though they’re infections, they’re usually not infectious — that is, transmissible from dog to dog. But that’s not always the case. Although many canine ear infections stem from an allergy, sometimes Pseudomonas [sue-dδ-MŌ-nus] bacteria are […]

Audio When emotional support means something more

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThese days, there are lots of different assistance animals, so it can be tough to keep up. A relatively recent category includes emotional support animals, or ESAs. ESAs offer companionship and emotional support to folks with psychological problems. While many animals could arguably hold this distinction, true ESAs must […]

Audio Buyer beware

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOnline pet medication sites may be convenient and budget-friendly, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, wants you to do your homework before putting dollars down. While some of these sites are above-board, others have been caught selling unapproved, counterfeit or expired drugs; making bogus claims; or […]

Audio Staying vigilant against viruses

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you think pooch vaccinations have made viral infections a thing of the past, guess again. In cities across the country, canine parvovirus outbreaks have forced some shelters to temporarily close their doors. Even in shelters that assess dogs for parvovirus, a dog may test negative on admission only […]

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