‘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 Dog agility — a contest for all canines

Oct 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you’ve never experienced a dog agility competition, you have a treat in store. While each dog navigates an obstacle course, his agility and his handler’s talent for training are pitted against the clock. The only real requirements are energy, dexterity and a hound that loves to hustle. […]

Audio Rabies: always factor in felines

Oct 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Rabies most often affects wild animals, like raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes. But in the United States, cats top the list of domestic animals that get rabies. For example, in 2012 alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logged 257 cases of rabies in cats compared to […]

Audio Groomed for success

Oct 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Grooming is more than just coifing canines — it’s an important part of keeping hounds healthy. While brushing and bathing can be done at home, many pooch parents opt for professional groomers. But how do you find a good one? While there are no licensing or internship requirements […]

Audio Out with the old and in with the new

Oct 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Just like in children, puppies and kittens are programmed to lose their baby teeth so they can make room for permanent ones. If this doesn’t happen, the doubling up of chompers doesn’t just look odd — it can cause big problems. Excess teeth take up space in the […]

Audio Sinister slime

Oct 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download That cloud of pea soup floating on your favorite watering hole could be more than just messy slime. It might be chock full of toxins that can be life-threatening to your dog or cat. Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria [sigh-a-no-bacteria], is actually a group of bacteria that […]

Audio Taking time to avert danger

Oct 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When a natural disaster hits, having planned ahead can mean the difference between life and death. That includes preparations to keep your pet out of harm’s way. Microchipping your buddy tops the list, since it’s often the only way to reunite lost pets with their families. Disasters often […]

Audio Good lines gone bad

Oct 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Fishing line, beyond its original purpose, can wreak all sorts of havoc. Once made of natural fibers, most fishing line is now strong monofilament that’s non-biodegradable. And that gives it a second life as a dangerous weapon. Thin and virtually transparent, fishing line is tough to see. Wild […]

Audio Staying on top of rabies vaccinations

Oct 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You probably know that contracting rabies would be fatal for your dog or cat. That’s why your four-legged friend has been vaccinated. But are you familiar with the potential hazards of missing a rabies booster? Dogs and cats should first be vaccinated against rabies when they’re around 3 […]

Audio When pups get puffy

Oct 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If your pup’s face and neck suddenly swell, you’re apt to think bug bite. But the possible culprit could be a disease with an odd name and an unknown cause. Puppy strangles, or juvenile cellulitis [cell-you-lye-tis], affects dogs that are about 1-4 months old. While this disease is […]

Audio Fending off equine respiratory infections

Oct 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Most respiratory infections are not life threatening, but they can wear down your horse and wreck a training schedule, which can set an aspiring athlete back. So preventing infection is the way to go. First, be vigilant about your horse’s vaccinations. Ask your veterinarian for a schedule that […]

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