‘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 Do unto pooches …

Sep 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOne theory of dog training holds that a pooch parent should be the leader of his pack by displaying dominance over his dog. But that approach just breeds more fear and aggression. Instead, dogs — like people — respond to an empathetic tone from their ‘bosses.’ They warm to […]

Audio Think twice before being ‘nice’

Sep 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNothing is more endearing than a young wild animal. But if you see one alone, fight your instinct to ‘rescue’ it. This summer, a bison calf was picked up by tourists at Yellowstone National Park who thought they were helping an abandoned animal. But when the healthy calf was […]

Audio Flighty brainiacs

Sep 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor those with parrot companions, their feathered friends’ IQ is old news. They experience it every day firsthand. But for anyone else, the intellectual feats of these flighty brainiacs may be surprising. Goffin’s cockatoos — parrots from Indonesia — are feathered MacGyvers. Not only do they dream up and […]

Audio Going to bat for our insect-eating friends

Sep 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhite-nose syndrome is a fungal infection that has killed nearly 6 million bats in the past decade. Lest you consider not caring, remember that insect-eating bats save US farmers an average of 23 billion dollars in pesticide costs each year. The fungal agent that causes white-nose syndrome spreads easily […]

Audio Immune systems gone haywire

Sep 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour dog’s immune system is key to fighting infections and keeping her healthy. But sometimes the immune system goes awry and starts attacking what it’s meant to protect. And that can have drastic consequences. In cases of immune-mediated hemolytic anemia — or IMHA [pronounced by saying each letter]— a […]

Audio Driving Miss Doggie

Sep 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen considering a new family car, you try to meet everyone’s needs. So make sure you think of Rover’s requirements too. Hatchbacks have several dog-friendly features. There’s plenty of room to jump in back, and the large rear window is like a movie screen for dogs. Add in the […]

Audio The gift of hospice care

Sep 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen your pet nears life’s end, she counts on you to be her advocate. If her quality of life is poor, euthanasia is the humane option. But while she still has moments of joy, hospice care is an alternative. The goals of hospice care are your pet’s comfort and […]

Audio Sarcoids are serious business

Sep 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadConsider doing a skin scan while grooming your horse. Be on the lookout for lumps, crusts or sores, any of which could be sarcoids — the most common kind of equine cancer. Sarcoid tumors can show up in horses of any age, but they usually appear in relatively young […]

Audio Battling the itch of neck threadworms

Sep 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadParasites are a constant scourge for horses. These pests almost always cause problems — and sometimes in pretty devious ways. Take the neck threadworm. It gets its name from adult worms that lurk under the skin along the top of a horse’s neck. But these particular worms aren’t the […]

Audio Colic: a race to surgery—or not?

Sep 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadColic is a catch-all term for abdominal pain. In some cases, it’s caused by cramps or gas that can be treated medically. But other causes of colic, such as twists in the digestive tract, require surgical treatment. And the faster a colicky horse has surgery, the more likely he […]

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