‘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 A cat’s breath away from a diagnosis

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs befits a carnivore through and through, a cat’s breath isn’t expected to be fresh as a daisy. But breath that’s especially pungent may be sending medical signals. The most common cause of halitosis in cats is oral bacteria, which mixes with plaque to cause dental disease. But problems […]

Audio The rewards of fostering

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you have space in your home and extra love in your heart, have you considered fostering an animal from the shelter? Animals are fostered when they’re not quite ready for adoption. This doesn’t apply just to dogs and cats—there are birds, rabbits and other animals that need help, […]

Audio Keeping dental disease at bay

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPeriodontal disease—that is, disease of tissues that support the teeth—is a big problem in our pets. In fact, up to 80 percent of dogs and cats are affected by age 3. That’s even more surprising once you realize it’s completely preventable. Periodontal disease is insidious, since most of the […]

Audio Healthy treats for your pooch

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you watch your weight, you know it’s not about snacking but what’s in the snack that counts. The same goes for your dog. If you mean to get—or keep—your pooch in tip-top shape but still want to show the love, it’s all about healthy snacks. Dogs are omnivores—that […]

Audio Stop the spread of alien invaders

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadInvasive species wreak havoc on our environment—but there are ways you can help prevent it. An invasive animal or plant is a non-native species—that is, one from a different locale—that once introduced, can harm its new environment. That can come in the form of environmental distress, economic damage or […]

Audio Blanketing your equine buddy

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen it comes to horse comfort, dedicated equine enthusiasts are all in. But sometimes, what seems helpful to you might work against your steed’s best interests. Take blanketing, for example. A dense haircoat and layer of fat are actually a horse’s best weapons against the cold. It’s generally wet […]

Audio Canine cognition versus human habits

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHumans and dogs: It’s a friendship for the ages. But even so, there are things we do that can drive our pooches crazy. For one thing, dogs rely on our body language more than our words. So if we say one thing and do another, our dogs are left […]

Audio Crowning glory for fractured teeth

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn people, dental crowns are used to shore up teeth where the sensitive core tissue—or pulp—has been exposed. Similar teeth are usually extracted in animals. But once in a while, a crown is just what the veterinarian ordered. The most common reason crowns are pressed into action is traumatic […]

Audio When dental disease goes global

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPet parents in the know are aware that periodontal disease, that’s disease of the teeth’s supporting tissues, can damage dental structures. But it’s not as obvious that the bacteria involved can affect distant organs, too. Microbes and the toxins they produce can travel in the bloodstream to the kidneys, […]

Audio Adding pet safety to romantic celebrations

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen you’re planning a romantic celebration at home, it’s natural to have eyes only for your sweetheart—the human one, that is. But be sure to make the occasion safe for your furry or feathered friend, too. For example, keep chocolate—especially the baking variety—out of your pet’s reach. It can […]

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