‘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 Protecting parrots against a parasitic killer

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you have one parrot or a flock, you need to know about a parasite that could be deadly to your feathered friends. Sarcocystis [sar-koh-CIST-is] falcatula [fal-cah-TOO-la] thrives in warm humid areas of North America where it uses opossums, certain native birds and cockroaches to survive. When an infected […]

Audio Signs saving lives

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen you’re not home, the safety of your pets might depend on the kindness of strangers. That’s when pet alerts can save the day. Pet alert stickers on your home’s windows and doors tell firefighters that pets are inside. That’s crucial, because scared pets can hide and be left […]

Audio What’s behind too much water in and out?

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf your pet is drinking and urinating more than normal, she’s said to have polydipsia (poli-DIP-sea-a) and polyuria (poli-UR-ia). And that’s more than a gee-whiz observation, because it usually has a medical cause. But before you go further, it helps to know when “more than usual” is a real […]

Audio Coping with the unthinkable

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAfter hearing your pet has a terminal illness, it’s common to respond with denial, grief and anger. Feeling powerless can be overwhelming. That’s why many folks need some coping strategies. If you’re having difficulty concentrating, try bringing a friend or family member to veterinary appointments. Consider taking notes during […]

Audio Feline heartworm disease: The lungs have it

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlthough both dogs and cats can be attacked by heartworms, the disease has uniquely sinister features in our feline friends. Once a mosquito injects heartworm larvae into a cat, they make their way to the heart and lungs. These immature form are the real culprits. As they settle into […]

Audio Caring for hermit crabs: Don’t hide your head in the sand

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSomehow, hermit crabs have the rep of being good starter pets for children. Unfortunately — for kids and crabs — that’s a myth. Hermit crabs need lots of TLC just to survive, never mind thrive for 10 years or so. To start, their specialized gills — which allow air […]

Audio Setting your sights on Golden Retrievers

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSometimes, specific dog breeds are targeted by disease. A case in point is pigmentary [PIG-ment-air-y] uveitis [you-vee-ITE-us], which primarily attacks Golden Retrievers. Golden Retriever Uveitis, or GRU, is a type of inflammation that affects the vascular parts of the eye—like the colored iris. Early signs include squinting, tearing and […]

Audio When your pet loses a grip

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLoss of coordination, or ataxia, can be caused by a whole host of conditions. And the outcome depends a lot on which part of your pet’s body is affected. There are three kinds of ataxia. When the spinal cord is squeezed, an animal might stumble or become increasingly weak. […]

Audio Cats knock it as they try it

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCats seem to have a motive for everything they do. So why is it your feline friend intentionally knocks things over? One of the reasons our cats bat at knickknacks is to hone their predatorial skills. When cats hunt, they paw their prey. And when they encounter small objects […]

Audio The hazards of water hemlock

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDid you know that a wetland plant in the carrot family contains one of the most potent toxins in North America? And it’s one that you—or animals under your care—could easily encounter. Even a minute amount of the poison in water hemlock is enough to cause uncontrollable seizures and […]

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