‘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 Senile Pets

Jul 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs the population ages, we too often see our parents and grandparents slipping into a form of dementia like Alzheimer’s disease. But did you know older pets can also lose their mental faculties? Owners should watch for signs of disorientation or confusion, changes in social interaction, sleep disturbances and […]

Audio Animal Best Buds

Jul 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s sometimes said that old friends are the best friends. In fact, our good friends are often just as important to us as our closest family ties. Research shows that at least five types of animals form similar human-like friendships. Elephants, dolphins, higher primates and some carnivores all maintain […]

Audio Pets Get Sick of Stress

Jul 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDoctors have long known that bereavement, financial concerns and other forms of stress can literally make you sick. But did you know that stress can have the same effect on pets? Recent research shows that cats exposed to stressful situations, such as a change in routine or decreased human […]

Audio Robodog?

Jul 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadGuide dogs lead disabled people right by their sides, but new technology may allow people to lead dogs from a distance. A harness containing GPS sensors and a wireless modem is being tested to remotely guide service dogs from many feet, or even miles away. With this technology, a […]

Audio Parvo Is Alive and Well on the Gulf Coast

Jul 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSome people think that canine parvovirus is a disease of the past. Well, as Mark Twain once said of his own death, the reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated. Parvo is alive and well on the Gulf Coast. This highly contagious virus is very hardy, surviving for up […]

Audio Will Sniff Out Cancer for Dog Biscuits

Jul 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe power of the canine nose can be used to detect everything from drugs to explosives to victims trapped in rubble. Now the medical community is turning these super sniffers loose on cancer. A dog’s nose, which is about one-million times more sensitive than a human’s, can be trained […]

Audio Milk: Good Nutrition for People and Germs

Jul 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe depend primarily on dairy cattle and, to some extent, on goats for a supply of one of nature’s most nutritionally complete foods — milk. But milk can also be good food for bacteria. Raw, unpasteurized dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt can contain harmful bacteria, such […]

Audio Treating All Ills in All Creatures

Jul 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn the popular book All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot treated every kind of ailment in nearly every kind of animal. But as veterinary medicine came of age, the explosion in information spawned specialists in every field, such as cardiology, ophthalmology, dermatology and many other ologies. Just like […]

Audio Not All Retirees Are Human

Jul 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFlorida has many things in abundance, including oranges, tourists and, especially, retirees. But not all senior citizens are human. Tigers from the circus, aging zoo elephants and even chimps that starred in Tarzan movies often end up in the myriad animal sanctuaries dotting the Florida landscape. For most animals, […]

Audio Fitness for Fido

Jul 1, 2011 • By Susan Aiello

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday’s obesity epidemic includes both people and their pets, with nearly half of U-S pets being overweight. To trim those furry love handles, vets and owners are taking action. Many animal hospitals offer fitness programs that include exercise plans, weekly weigh-ins and special foods that meet your pet’s nutritional […]

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