‘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 In a dog’s world, leadership matters

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen considering the importance of good leadership, you don’t have to look much further than your dog. Just like kids, dogs feel most secure with a structured routine and rules. They want to know that their leader — that’s you — has a plan to keep them safe. So […]

Audio Feline feedings

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re getting a cat, let me tell you about the two ways you can feed your new buddy. With free feeding, food is left in a bowl or inside food toys for cats to eat at their leisure. This method only works with dry food, since canned diets […]

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. […]

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