‘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 Unnatural hisssstory

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou know carrying your pet snake on your shoulder might be a good conversation starter at parties, but what happens when the hissing reptile is too big to safely handle? For many, the answer has been to release these predators into the wild, which in Florida means an inviting […]

Audio Who ya gonna call?

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen looking for qualified veterinarians to protect the nation’s food supply, the question has been increasingly “Who ya gonna call?” Burdensome student loans, low salaries and concerns about a rural lifestyle have led to a continual decrease in the number of food animal veterinarians, with a three to five […]

Audio Deadly pests

Feb 23, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAsk any Floridian: Nothing breaks up an outdoor party like a mosquito raid. But while we often think of mosquitoes as a mere nuisance, they can carry deadly diseases. In the southeastern United States, encephalitis viruses are most often found in wild birds that are infected by mosquitoes carrying […]

Audio Toxoplasmosis and pregnancy

Feb 22, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re pregnant, it doesn’t mean you need to send your favorite feline packing. While it’s OK for pregnant women to handle cats, they should avoid kitty’s litter box. The toxoplasma parasite multiplies in the feline intestine and travels as cysts in cat feces. People are dead-end hosts for […]

Audio Baaaad browsing!

Feb 21, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadGoats are said to eat anything from money to tin cans, but their indiscriminate munching habits can sometimes lead to serious problems. Azaleas, also known as rhododendrons, are particularly tasty to goats, but potentially deadly as well. These native American shrubs are common in the southeast. All parts of […]

Audio Dog jog

Feb 19, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNeed to shed a few pounds? Is your pooch looking a little heavy around the collar, too? Taking your dog for a jog can be a good way for both of you to stay fit and trim. An estimated 40 percent of all dogs are overweight, which can lead […]

Audio Introducing housemates

Feb 18, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKitty meet puppy. Sounds like a match made in cute heaven, right? Well, it doesn’t always work that way. At least not at first. Introducing a friendly new puppy into a household shared by an affectionate feline may result in the puppy receiving hisses and scratches and a terrorized […]

Audio Cool it — safely

Feb 17, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPeriodically changing automotive coolant, or antifreeze, is good routine maintenance to prevent overheating and prolong engine life. And most backyard mechanics can easily do it. But this simple task can pose major health risks to pets. Your car’s coolant might not seem mouthwatering to you, but pets are often […]

Audio Not all ulcers are in the stomach

Feb 16, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRed, runny eyes are a common veterinary problem that often signals a respiratory infection or minor irritation. On occasion, the problem goes deeper. A corneal ulcer is a pitting of the thin, transparent layer of tissue that forms the front part of the eyeball. Causes include eye infection, dry […]

Audio Kid diseases and pets

Feb 15, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWorried your little one is going to get sick from chasing after the neighbor’s poodle? People often blame childhood infections on the family pet. But common conditions such as colds, head lice, pinworms and most childhood illnesses come from other people, not pets. Places where children gather, such as […]

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