‘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 Lauding good citizens

Jul 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The moniker “Good Citizen” doesn’t just apply to humans these days. Your canine buddy can achieve the same distinction. The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen, or CGC, program trains dogs to be model companions, both at home and in the larger community. Dogs that pass certifying tests […]

Audio Gopher tortoises at risk

Jul 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Good Samaritans often provide an invaluable service to injured and lost wildlife. But when good intentions go awry, results can be tragic. Although many turtles spend their lives, or a portion of them, in water, gopher tortoises cannot swim and will drown when placed in water over their […]

Audio Throwing ice water on an urban myth

Jul 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download An urban myth that cropped up in 2007 is being recycled, just in time to wreak havoc on your dog’s summer fun. So let’s separate fact from fiction. According to this lore, eating ice or drinking ice water can cause a dog’s stomach to cramp, resulting in bloat, […]

Audio City life gone wild

Jul 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download As city life and wildlife creep closer together, boundaries are blurring in some surprising ways. Wild animals closing in on urban environments take advantage of the new landscape by raiding trash or preying on smaller critters doing the same. Either way, wild freeloaders are chunking up compared to […]

Audio Debunking debarking

Jul 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download At least 10 percent of dog owners cite their pooches’ excess barking as a concern. If you’re among them and looking for suggestions, here’s one to avoid. Debarking is a surgical procedure that involves removing part of the vocal cords overlying a dog’s airway. After the relatively painful […]

Audio Battling canine cancer

Jul 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Veterinary medicine has made great strides in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers, diseases that all too often attack our precious pets — especially dogs. Veterinary oncologists glean information from MRIs, CT scans and tissue samples to diagnose cancers and gauge their severity. Afterward, recommended treatment might include […]

Audio An ultra-useful tool

Jul 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you’ve seen the image of an unborn child inside a mother’s womb, you’ve witnessed the power of ultrasound. The same technology can provide a window into your pet’s body, revealing problems and aiding treatment. Ultrasound waves emitted from a transducer are reflected as they pass through tissues. […]

Audio You pet’s Dream Team

Jul 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Teaming up with your veterinarian is a key part of providing optimal care for your furry friend. So what does that partnership look like to you? In 2014, over a thousand pet parents were asked what they wanted most from their veterinarians. For one thing, they desired explanations […]

Audio Helping cattle keep their cool

Jul 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cattle may look stoic enough to withstand anything. But stifling summer days can get the best of the brawniest bovine. Risk of heat stress in cattle soars when unrelenting high temperatures and humidity combine with poor cloud cover and still air. That risk is even higher for 1300-pound […]

Audio Watching a pro in action

Jul 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When you see a service dog, you’re looking at a trained professional whose laser focus is aimed on the safety of one person. That’s why it’s important for you to act appropriately in turn. Even if you’re an unabashed dog lover, refrain from petting a service dog. A […]

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