‘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 Don’t be a sore loser

Dec 15, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSores don’t just crop up on our four-legged friends for no reason at all — they signal a bigger problem. But finding the cause can require some detective work. Most sores form when our pets lick or scratch themselves, often in response to itchy conditions like flea or mite […]

Audio Problems with gifting pets

Dec 15, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s that time of year again: the season when folks are tempted to give pets as presents. But think carefully before you act, because choosing a pet is a very personal decision. First of all, never buy a pet present on impulse. Your decision translates into a long-term responsibility […]

Audio The heroism of hounds

Dec 15, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe American Humane Association recently honored eight dogs that epitomize the selfless traits of courageous canines. Among the plucky pooches was a lab that can detect signs of arson in smoldering ruins, a police dog that saved his partner’s life and a bloodhound with a knack for finding lost […]

Audio When the need for relief is painfully obvious

Dec 15, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOur dogs are often stoic, but they shouldn’t have to endure pain. So how can we assess their discomfort and relieve it? One way is by observing their behavior. Take Max, a dog who recently had surgery to repair a broken leg. With a small amount of pain, Max […]

Audio Taking checkups to heart

Dec 15, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHeart disease is quite common in our feline friends. In fact, up to a quarter of outwardly healthy cats may reveal signs of the disease when tested. And left undiagnosed, heart disease can be crippling or even fatal to your purring pal. A heart murmur or abnormal cardiac rhythm […]

Audio Fending off diabetes with diet

Dec 15, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen it comes to protecting your feline friend from chronic disease, you have more power than you think. Helping to prevent diabetes is a good example. The Type 2 form of diabetes is most common in cats, and it develops largely based on a cat’s diet — with both […]

Audio Buy into biosecurity

Dec 15, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThose of you with backyard poultry may be aware of viruses that can potentially fall from birds migrating overhead. The fact is, your birds need protection against germs that can threaten them from all directions. By practicing biosecurity — protocols designed to protect animals from disease — you can […]

Audio Air on the side of safety

Dec 15, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhether the cause is man-made pollution or natural disasters, outside air quality sometimes takes a hit. And when warnings caution us to avoid exposure, the same holds true for our pets. Airborne particles that stress our lungs do the same to other creatures. That’s why both humans and animals […]

Audio Cranking up some wildness for an indoor life

Nov 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOdds are your pampered house cat will live considerably longer than his free-roaming kin. But the trade-off is missing the natural perks of the outdoors. So it’s up to you to help fill in the gaps. Cats wouldn’t be cats without the chance to explore their territory. That includes […]

Audio The tail tells the story

Nov 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor those of you first-time cat parents trying to decipher your kitty’s moods, don’t forget to read the tail — that’s t-a-i-l. Your cat’s tail is pretty unique, even when compared to its kin. Among all feline species, only domestic cats can hold their tail straight up in the […]

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