‘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 Cat versus Christmas tree

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAhh…Christmas. The smell of spiced cider, the glitter of lights—and the crash of tree ornaments your cat bats to the floor. Balancing Christmas tree love with your cat’s safety is challenging, but doable. First, let your cat get used to the naked Christmas tree before you start decorating. Then, […]

Audio By a whisker

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat would a cat be without its winsome whiskers? But charming though they are, whiskers serve some important functions. These specialized hairs are controlled by their own muscles and nerves. That’s why trimming whiskers—unlike other hairs—can be painful. Whiskers feel surfaces as cats travel through tight spaces and they […]

Audio Keeping germs out of canine groups

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKeeping sick dogs away from healthy ones is easier said than done, since signs of illness aren’t always obvious. That’s why disease control guidelines are being developed for canine group settings. Let’s use a kennel as an example. First, vaccinations need to be up-to-date for a dog to be […]

Audio Like a dog with a bone?

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor many dogs, nothing says ‘treat’ like a bone. No wonder dogs and bones go together like bread and butter…or do they? Large chunks of bone can block your dog’s throat, stomach or intestinal tract. And smaller sharper pieces that splinter off during gnawing can tear the lining of […]

Audio Taking time to smell the world

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDogs crush us humans when it comes to their sense of smell. Compared to our 6 million smell receptors, dogs have an astounding 300 million. And while we sniff every one and a half seconds, dogs go at it five to 10 times in that same amount of time. […]

Audio Feline blood donors: the cat’s meow

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCats have several needs for blood transfusion—like traumatic blood loss or decreased red blood cells due to illness. Problem is, feline blood is a rarer commodity than the canine variety. Blood collection is relatively simple in dogs, who rarely need to be sedated. But it’s a different kettle of […]

Audio Cattle and cancer

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLike other animals, cattle have their health problems. You just might not think of cancer as one of them. Malignant lymphosarcoma develops after infection by the bovine leukemia virus, or BLV. The virus spreads by exchange of body fluids, use of blood-contaminated equipment or bites from horseflies. Although not […]

Audio Biosecurity and the breeding barn

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn a world where diseases spread so rapidly, the concept of biosecurity is front and center. And nowhere is it more important than where animals mingle—like horse breeding barns. Biosecurity refers to ways of reducing the spread of disease from one locale to another. Pathogens can be brought into […]

Audio Corporate commiseration over pet loss

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor pet lovers everywhere, losing a furry, feathered or scaled companion is like losing any other member of the family. It turns out that some employers are keying into that. Although many companies offer personal time when an employee loses a pet, some are taking the extra step of […]

Audio The chip tells the story

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou’ve probably heard of microchipping dogs or cats. But did you know that microchips are used in horses, too? Having a secure means of identifying horses serves many purposes. For example, scanning a microchip ensures a potential buyer and the veterinarian that the correct horse is presented for a […]

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