‘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 Airport security could be going to the dogs

Jul 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you plan to travel this summer, you may be wondering if there’ll be a fix for those long airport security lines. Some officials think the answer is going to the dogs. Canine security screeners are dogs trained to smell bomb-making materials on people or in bags. Some airport […]

Audio Have mice, will work

Jul 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor certain cats that prefer wide-open spaces to quality time with humans, adoption just isn’t in the cards. But some animal welfare organizations across the country have solved the problem by taking a page straight from a cat’s own playbook. So-called Working Cat programs place cats by pairs in […]

Audio When a cat’s kidneys age

Jul 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs cats age, their organs don’t work as well as they once did. The kidneys are especially prone to the effects of aging. Chronic renal failure — or CRD — is a progressive waning of the kidneys’ ability to conserve water and remove toxins from the blood. Affected cats […]

Audio Reassessing rabies protocols

Jul 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRabies is a deadly disease, so not getting your canine or feline companion vaccinated is taking a big risk. But what happens if you’ve overlooked the deadline for your pet’s rabies booster and she’s exposed to a rabid animal? In the past, guidelines recommended that rabies-exposed dogs and cats […]

Audio What’s lead got to do with it?

Jul 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs the lead crisis unfolds in Flint, Michigan, it appears that people aren’t the only ones affected. Some of their furry friends have high lead levels too. In spite of U.S. laws banning lead in house paint after 1978, there’s still plenty of lead paint contaminating old homes, soil […]

Audio Rabies on the range

Jun 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen the topic of rabies comes up, it’s often in the context of small animals. But in some locales, increasing numbers of cattle are also contracting rabies — with signs that often differ from those in dogs and cats. Instead of becoming aggressive, a cow with rabies tends to […]

Audio The “cone of shame” gets a makeover

Jun 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re a pet parent, your buddy may have experienced the “cone of shame” —that lampshade-like structure worn around the neck to prevent wound-licking and face-scratching. But the cone also interferes with healthy behavior, such as eating, playing and lying down. It’s not that animals are ashamed to wear […]

Audio The cancer connection between pooches and people

Jun 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn the United States, cancer is second only to heart disease as the leading cause of human deaths. Similarly, cancer is blamed for nearly 50 percent of deaths in dogs over 10 years of age. Since we’re in this together, can people and pooches help each other out? It’s […]

Audio Mything facts about cats

Jun 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCats can be mysterious, which may be why they inspire myths. But here are some feline fables we’re setting straight. Cats have an amazing ability to right themselves in midair and land on their feet. But there’s a limit. Just visit a veterinary hospital in warm weather to see […]

Audio All tied up and no place to go

Jun 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download“Tying up” is a syndrome that can stop an equine athlete cold. So just what causes this dreaded disorder — and can it be prevented? Tying up refers to painful muscle cramps induced by exercise. Some of the causes include excessive training; inadequate dietary levels of electrolytes, vitamin and […]

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