‘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 How pets party down

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen pet parents cut loose in the summer, we need to keep one thing in mind. Our idea of celebration is very different from that of our pets. Noises, blasts of light and the smoky smell of fireworks might get our juices flowing, but they often incite panic in […]

Audio Learning to prevent leptospirosis

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLeptospirosis is a potentially fatal bacterial infection that can strike pets, especially dogs. It can also be transmitted from animals to people. While it used to be rare, leptospirosis is diagnosed more often these days. Here’s what you can do to help protect your pet. Animals with leptospirosis pass […]

Audio Genes over muscle: an equine epic

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPolysaccharide [poly-sack-a-ride] storage myopathy—or PSSM1—is a genetic muscle disease of horses. While you can’t prevent it, you can watch for signs in your equine buddy. PSSM1 was discovered in Quarter Horses and related breeds, as well as European draft horses and warmbloods. By now, it’s been identified in over […]

Audio When it comes to pet travel, don’t fly blind

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen deciding to fly with your furry friend, first consider his demeanor. If your buddy’ is fussy, you might opt for a pet sitter instead. But if that’s not an option, here are some things to remember. Only a fixed number of in-cabin pets are allowed on each flight, […]

Audio Pooches pulling their own weight

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you plan to go hiking with your dog, you’ll need to think about your pooch’s gear as well as your own. That begins with your dog’s backpack. For starters, the size is based on the measurement of the fullest part of your dog’s rib cage. Once you fit […]

Audio Gearing up for a hike

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBefore you and your pooch hit the trails, you’ll need to prepare for the comfort of two. You may need to start by upgrading your tent size so your dog can share your digs. A mat of closed-cell foam under a half-size comforter makes a cozy dog bed. Of […]

Audio Cats with binkies

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOur feline friends have a rep for being cool as cucumbers. But even they can be hiding insecurities. Keep this in mind if you see a cat sucking wool. Say what? That’s right—wool sucking in cats is a compulsive form of behavior that can be traced back to psychological […]

Audio Small mammals fighting cancer

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEvery pet parent dreads hearing the ‘’C’’ word. But if you have a ferret, hedgehog or another small mammal, you might be especially doubtful that anything can be done for your wee one with cancer. The truth is, virtually all cancer treatments used in dogs and cats have been […]

Audio Getting vets and their pets together under one roof

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs pet parents, it’s tough to imagine what we’d do without our furry friends. And there are those of us for whom pets are, quite literally, a lifeline. For those folks, life saved by pets would be unimaginable without them. Many veterans come home psychologically battered. For some of […]

Audio Pets and aperitifs: just plain poison

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDuring the summer’s celebrations, you might be tempted to let your furry friend join in the fun. But when it comes to sharing spirits, think again. Simply put, alcohol poisons pets. Even small tastes of your cocktail, wine or beer can cause your pet to become intoxicated. Then depending […]

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