‘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 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. […]

Audio A puuurfect way to shoo flies

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDoes Fluffy love catnip? Well, stable flies hate it. These annoying pests spread disease and can worry cattle into weight loss and reduced milk production, costing farmers billions in annual losses. Now, researchers have discovered that oil from the catnip plant is 99 percent effective at repelling stable flies […]

Audio Looking for love in all the right places

Mar 4, 2011 • By Susan Aielo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLooking for companionship, social support, unconditional love and lower stress? Well research shows that pets provide all these, as well as opportunities for exercise and a patient listener who never criticizes and always understands. Reduced stress and increased exercise can decrease the risk of heart disease, although the scientific […]

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 […]

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