‘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 Lasering in on bladder stones

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEver had a bladder stone? If so, you know what your poor pup must feel like if it gets one. Years ago, surgical removal was the only effective treatment for dogs with bladder stones. Then it was discovered that some stones could be dissolved by months of strict dietary […]

Audio Calling all pet foods

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn 2007, animal owners nationwide were shocked to learn that a toxic chemical called melamine had been introduced into some pet food from mislabeled nutrients manufactured in China. This mix-up resulted in the tragic death of several dogs and cats from kidney failure linked to the tainted food. Although […]

Audio Animals and earthquakes

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCan animals sense impending earthquakes? As early as 373 BC, Greek historians recorded mass migration of snakes, rats and weasels before a major earthquake. Since then, everything from dogs, cats, chickens, carp and even bees have been thought to sense an imminent quake. The scientific evidence is inconclusive, and […]

Audio Cautious optimism for cranes

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’ve been to a wetland area in Florida, or a nice golf course, chances are you’ve probably spotted a sandhill crane dotting the landscape. Few realize these graceful birds once faced extinction. In the nineteenth century, hunting and habitat loss greatly reduced their numbers. Thanks to conservation measures, […]

Audio Hemodialysis

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLike Cinderella, kidneys are hard-working yet unappreciated stepchildren among the body’s organs. Not as glamorous as the heart or brain, these vital structures are often ignored — until they fail. Kidneys strip the blood of waste products that would otherwise build up and lead to fatal poisoning. For almost […]

Audio The beat goes on

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPacesetters quicken society’s pulse, but pacemakers are small electronic gadgets that keep the heart beating at the right speed and rhythm. Pacemakers are commonly used in human medicine, but the cost associated with implanting these electronic marvels has limited their use in veterinary medicine. However, advances in technology are […]

Audio Cat scratch fever is nothing to sing about

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou know cat scratch fever isn’t just a popular rock ’n roll song by Ted Nugent. This very real disease is caused by bacteria called Bartonella (bar-tuh-nel-a). Information about these bacteria has exploded in the past several years, and researchers in both human and veterinary medicine are discovering some […]

Audio Localizing Lameness

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHorses are the Olympic athletes of the animal kingdom. So it’s no surprise that a sore limb can spell trouble. Traditionally, veterinarians have diagnosed lameness by watching horses move and making educated guesses about the limbs and joints involved. This relies heavily on the experience of the observer, and […]

Audio More reasons to love the king of the sea

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEveryone loves the king of the sea, but can Flipper help cure cancer? Aquatic health scientists have discovered that dolphins may be the best animal model for studying cervical cancer in women. Each year, approximately 12,000 American women are diagnosed with this dreaded disease, and nearly 4,000 die from […]

Audio Eating toys is no treat

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDog eat your homework? Everything from slippers to term papers are fair game for playful pups who like to chew. But our canine companions sometimes swallow things that can create major problems. Sticks, bones, toys and other foreign objects can irritate the G-I tract and cause vomiting and diarrhea. […]

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