‘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 Cuddles each day help keep cat sneezes away

Jan 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs cat parents, you’re focused on the health of your feline friends. But did you know that cuddling with your cat can boost its ability to fight infection? Cats are prone to bacterial and viral upper respiratory infections, and their frontline defense is an antibody called immunoglobulin [immune-O-glob-U-lin] A, […]

Audio Countering coyotes

Jan 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhere coyotes once hid away in the western United States, now they roam nationwide — sometimes even through our neighborhoods. And as their numbers have increased, so have attacks on our pets and backyard animals. Here are some ways to keep coyotes at bay. Bird feeders and food bowls […]

Audio I feline your pain

Jan 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen it comes to pain, most cats would rather hide their hurt than appear vulnerable. So how can you tell when it’s time to intervene or let your sleeping cat lie? Comfortable cats are curious in their environment but content at rest. As they become pained, their routine might […]

Audio Battling the risk of burns

Jan 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBurns are some of the worst wounds an animal can suffer. And they’re not just caused by fires — chewing on electrical cords and exposure to chemicals can burn tissues too. What’s more, burns are often complicated by other problems, like smoke inhalation or poisoning. So prevention beats treatment, […]

Audio Focusing on four-legged cancer patients

Dec 15, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s tough to tell if cancer is becoming more common in dogs and cats or if veterinarians are just diagnosing it more frequently. But one thing’s for sure — more pets than ever before are being treated for cancer. Some veterinary specialty clinics estimate a doubling from the year […]

Audio Sheltering pets from untruths

Dec 15, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Over 7 million dogs and cats enter U.S. animal shelters each year, where they’re cared for until they’re adopted. But sadly, myths about shelter pets stop some folks from ever considering such adoptions. According to one myth, all shelter pets are old. However, most shelters have pets ranging from kittens and puppies to seniors. Another […]

Audio Providing a health-driven history

Dec 15, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadVirtually all diagnostics start with a medical history — and nobody knows your pet better than you do. That’s why your veterinarian counts on your insight for clues to your pet’s health. So when you take your buddy in for an exam, come armed with information. That includes the […]

Audio Why age matters

Dec 15, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou’ve likely heard that one year of a dog’s life is equivalent to seven years of a person’s. Is that so, and why does it matter? Our four-legged friends age faster than we do. And as they get older, they develop diseases similar to those that affect elderly people. […]

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 […]

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