‘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 Cross-species can cross-pollinate

Aug 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAnimals and people share many of the same germs and many of the same diseases. Whether it’s lead poisoning in condors and children, tuberculosis in elephants and their keepers, leukemia in lions and their tamers, or obsessive-compulsive disorders in our dogs or even ourselves, animal ailments are sometimes similar […]

Audio Don’t have a fit if your pet has a seizure

Aug 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThey’ve been called convulsions, fits or apoplexy. But whatever you call it, a seizure is a scary thing. During a seizure, dogs and cats stiffen, shake and often lose bladder control. The important thing to remember is not to panic. We know from people who have seizures that they […]

Audio The pain of pancreatitis

Aug 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDigestive upset in dogs can be caused by many things, from eating trash to serious conditions such as inflammation of the pancreas, also known as pancreatitis. The pancreas produces insulin and digestive enzymes, so damage to this important organ can lead to big problems. Digestive juices can spill out […]

Audio Medicine Cabinet Menace

Aug 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhether it’s aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, we all have our drug of choice for pain relief. These common human medications go by many different brand names — and they can all spell trouble for our pets. Just one acetaminophen tablet can prevent your cat’s blood from carrying oxygen effectively. […]

Audio Licking lick granulomas

Aug 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDogs and cats love to lick. Unfortunately, once in a while, they become obsessed with licking the same spot, usually the top of a paw or leg. Some lick from pain, some from boredom, and some from an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Whatever the initial cause, the constant trauma leads to […]

Audio Is Your Dog a South Paw?

Aug 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadScientists used to think that only people were right- or left-handed. But new evidence shows that apes, cats, dogs and even birds have this characteristic, too. In dogs and cats, females tend to be right-handed, whereas males are south paws. Some cockatoo species are left-footed. There’s a relationship between […]

Audio Hairballs

Aug 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFastidious felines groom themselves frequently, using their sandpapery tongues to remove dirt and “comb out” dead hair. Of course, all that combed hair has to go somewhere — right down your cat’s gullet. Most swallowed hair passes through the digestive tract without a problem. But sometimes, hair wads up […]

Audio Horses and STDS

Aug 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadUnderstanding the basics of safe sex can help keep people safe from sexually transmitted diseases. It turns out horses might need a lesson, too. Veterinary researchers from the U-K have identified an equine papillomavirus that may cause genital warts to progress to an aggressive form of skin cancer in […]

Audio Does your dog nip?

Aug 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDoes your pet snap at children … the mailman … or even you? There’s a good chance that this aggression can be linked to one of a few common causes. For example, dogs that nip at large people or people carrying packages are often responding out of fear. Pups […]

Audio Cancer Treatment Advances

Aug 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCancer used to be a death sentence, but advances in treatment have made it frequently manageable, both in human and veterinary medicine. As we gain more knowledge, cancer treatments for pets have become more readily available and more sophisticated — and success rates continue to rise. In fact, cancer […]

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