‘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 Putting foals under pressure

Feb 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFoals with maladjustment syndrome — or “dummy foals” — mystified horse owners and veterinarians for years. These foals look healthy but act dazed and confused, seemingly unable to recognize mom or the need to nurse. Most come around — but only after days of grueling intensive care. So researchers […]

Audio Becoming endangered

Feb 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe know the term “endangered species” is serious business. But it’s less clear how an animal or plant group earns that title — or becomes “listed” — and what it really means. Simply put, an endangered species is at risk of becoming extinct. And the goal of listing a […]

Audio Countering winter coughs

Feb 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJust like you’re vulnerable to winter colds, your pooch is at risk of contracting an infectious cough this season. Don’t worry — your dog can’t catch your cold. But pooches pass plenty of other infections among themselves. Assuming your four-legged friend is kept cozy during the winter, cold temperatures […]

Audio A menacing mutation

Feb 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSam, a young Australian shepherd, was healthy hours earlier when his owner gave him his first heartworm preventative. But now he’s in an emergency clinic barely clinging to life — and all because of a drug that was meant to protect him. Sam is one of many herding dogs […]

Audio Canine cleft palates

Feb 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlthough uncommon, dogs can be born with defects that affect their quality of life. One of these is a hole in the roof of the mouth called a cleft palate. The opening results in food and liquid passing into the nasal cavity, which can then result in nasal congestion, […]

Audio People and pooches battling cancer

Feb 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSadly, one of the medical problems we share with our canine companions is a high incidence of cancer — especially as we both grow older. But in the field of cancer research, each group has the other’s back. Whether you’re a person or a pooch whose cancer hasn’t responded […]

Audio A pressing problem

Jan 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOur pets keep us chuckling with their guileless antics and goofy carryings on. But if you ever see your furry friend exhibiting this behavior, it’s no laughing matter. I’m talking about head pressing, which is usually a sign of a serious medical problem. This isn’t just the playful head […]

Audio Saving the antibiotic arsenal

Jan 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAntibiotics have saved many lives, but they’re not magic bullets for all illnesses that affect our pets. In fact, inappropriate antibiotic use can cause much more harm than good. Remember that antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections, not the viral infections that can also make our pets sick. […]

Audio Helping your pooch dodge prostate disease

Jan 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRisks of certain diseases increase significantly as our pets age. One of these is prostate disease in male dogs. So what can you do to help dampen the danger in your pooch? Unneutered dogs run the highest risk of developing prostate problems as the years pass. In contrast, having […]

Audio Putting hay to the test

Jan 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs the winter rolls on, livestock farmers increasingly rely on hay as the only ration for cattle. But how can a farmer be sure the hay contains adequate nutrition? In light of abnormal weather, harvests can be delayed, which can affect hay quality. For example, more mature cuts contain […]

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