‘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 Genes that don’t fit

Jun 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor thousands of years, we humans have been breeding dogs for certain physical and behavioral traits. But along with the good, we’ve also gotten the bad. Over the past two centuries, much of the focus has been on breeding for physical — make that cosmetic — traits. And line […]

Audio Goodwill ambassadors gallop in

Jun 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you were on the pediatric ward of a prominent New York City hospital recently, you may have seen young patients cheered by a goodwill ambassador. No two-legged varieties here — this guy was a furry 32 inches tall with four legs and a tail. A therapy dog? Guess […]

Audio Staying away from pretty poisons

Jun 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s getting to be the time when we can enjoy flowering shrubs like oleander and azalea. Even animals can’t stay away — and that’s the problem. For dogs, cats, horses and goats, azalea and oleander are pretty poisons. Oleander contains an agent similar to digoxin [di-jox-in], which has powerful […]

Audio Brace yourself for this

Jun 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThese days, our pets have teeth cleanings, dental chew treats and their own toothbrushes and toothpastes. Pet dental care sure is a larger concern than it was in the past. So what would you say to — braces for pets? No joke. If teeth are misaligned, a dog or […]

Audio Flu news for pets

Jun 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe all know how the flu can spread among people like wildfire. But can you give your flu to your pet as well? The risk of that happening is very low, but it’s not nonexistent. Flu — that is, influenza — viruses are masters at mutating then jumping from […]

Audio Bringing up puppy

Jun 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen you’re the proud parent of a new puppy, you want to get it right. And one of the best ways to protect your little buddy is to teach it to get along with others. The most critical period of socialization occurs during a puppy’s first three months of […]

Audio Pets on beds: yea or nay?

Jun 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNearly half of pooch parents and 75 percent of feline folk sleep with their furry friends. But is it a good idea? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sleeping with pets on the bed can be mutually beneficial. The sleeping arrangement affords many people a sense […]

Audio AA LIVE: “Animal CSI”: Veterinary Forensics

May 7, 2016 • By Speaker: Dr. Jason Byrd

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKnowledge gained in the field of human forensic science and medicine has helped forge an exciting new field of veterinary forensic sciences. Dr. Jason Byrd, associate director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida and a leader in this emerging area, will discuss how this […]

Audio Cats on diets: fearing the pushback

May 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlthough many cat parents know that fat felines have a higher likelihood of developing health problems, some won’t start their chubby charges on a weight-loss program. The reason may surprise you. Their reluctance boils down to a fear of getting the cold shoulder. They worry that if they put […]

Audio Watch your hairy mouth

May 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour dog may not give you the hairy eyeball, but have you ever gotten the hairy mouth? If so, your dog’s teeth could be at risk. What we’re talking about here is a dog’s own hair that can get wedged under the gums during self-grooming. Especially with short-haired breeds, […]

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