‘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 Doing right by one scared puppy

Jul 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’ll be bringing home a puppy, you may wonder what to expect that first day. It may be the first time your pup’s been away from his canine family. There’ll be no licking, nuzzling and warm pooch contact in this strange, new environment. That’s why the first day […]

Audio Look what’s still plaguing us

Jul 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you thought plague was just a scourge of the past, not so. It still lurks in many countries worldwide — including right here at home. Plague is a bacterial infection that spreads from rodents to animals and humans, usually through bites from infected fleas. Dogs and cats can […]

Audio Lean on me

Jul 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhether you’re a teen or an adult who remembers being there, you can relate to the turmoil of those years. Teens have so many feelings they can’t — or won’t — put into words. But one set of ears always listens without judgment. Pets enhance our well-being, no matter […]

Audio I feel your pain

Jul 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy nature and instinct, animals are stoic. They don’t whine when they hurt, so we can lose sight of how they feel. That’s why sometimes we need a reality check. For example, if your dog or cat has dental disease, think about how a toothache feels in your experience. […]

Audio Cancer down to the bone

Jul 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOsteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer in dogs, especially very large breeds like wolfhounds, Saint Bernards and others. Risk of the cancer peaks at 8 to 11 years of age. The clinical signs of osteosarcoma can be deceptively subtle. Lameness — resulting from pain in bones […]

Audio A splint is more than a name

Jul 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re unfamiliar with equine terminology, you might wonder what the term “splint” means. That can be confusing, because it has several meanings. Your horse has two small splint bones running along the lower part of each leg, one on each side of the much larger central bone. Each […]

Audio Ways to siphon stress from your pooch

Jul 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf your pooch seems stressed — like being uncharacteristically aggressive or eating less than usual — this message is for you. Once you’ve ruled out medical causes, there are other ways you can help. Just like in people, exercise is a stress-reliever in dogs. Try playing fetch, strolling around […]

Audio Pacing success in tiny patients

Jul 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs this story shows, veterinary successes come in all shapes and sizes. Abnormal heart rhythms — or arrhythmias — are relatively common in pet ferrets. Recently, a ferret in the Midwest was examined because of decreased appetite and activity. The veterinarian detected a very low heart rate and referred […]

Audio Cat trichs

Jul 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn spite of all veterinary medicine has to offer, some diseases engender as many questions as answers. One of them is a parasitic infection that zeros in on cats. Feline trichomoniasis [trick-uh-mō-NĪ-us-is] typically causes soft stool and straining to go. But what we don’t know is precisely how these […]

Audio First, do no harm

Jul 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs a pet parent, you try to provide the best care possible. Just be aware that some home treatments might do your pet more harm than good. Here’s a sobering example. Recently, the owner of a dog with bilateral leg injuries reportedly wrapped them so tightly in bandages that […]

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