‘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 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 […]

Audio Hunting down the cause of coughing

Nov 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCoughing signals a problem with your dog’s airways, lungs or heart — but which one? Here’s where your keen observation and knowledge of your buddy’s history are key. Smaller breeds may develop a cough if the trachea, or main airway, collapses. Larger breeds are prone to laryngeal paralysis, which […]

Audio Grafts give wound healing a leg up

Nov 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHorse owners are no strangers to scrapes and cuts on their buddy’s legs. The tight skin in this area prevents most of these wounds from being stitched or sutured closed. So they have to heal on their own, which takes time — if it happens at all. Here’s where […]

Audio Reserving space in a safe haven

Nov 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBefore a hurricane or other natural disaster strikes, make sure you have an evacuation plan for your pets — just as you do for the rest of your family. Some folks assume that, if left with food and water, their pets will be fine until their families return. Unfortunately, […]

Audio The report on a blistering disease

Nov 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadVesicular stomatitis virus, or VSV, was reported in eight states this summer, resulting in over 400 animal housing facilities being quarantined, or closed off, for at least several weeks. So just what is this disease and why is it so serious? Vesicular stomatitis is caused by a virus that […]

Audio The creepy truth about maggots

Nov 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSometimes being a pet parent is not for the faint of heart. So take a deep breath and let’s talk about maggots and your cat. The maggots we’re referring to hatch from botfly eggs laid on grass. Once out in the open, these maggots can drop onto passing animals […]

Audio In pharma, pets rule

Nov 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe share a lot with our furry friends, but they really do deserve their own medications. After all, people and pets process drugs differently. Problem is, drugs made just for pets are rare. But there are changes in the works. Animal-specific pharmaceutical startups are in the midst of a […]

Audio Bridging the fat pet gap

Nov 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadUnfortunately, the obesity epidemic among pets shows no signs of abating. In 2014, results of a national survey showed that over 50 percent of dogs and cats were overweight. What’s more, up to 95 percent of pet parents don’t see their pudgy pets as obese. That distortion has been […]

Audio Corralling Salmonella at its source

Nov 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSalmonella bacteria are a major cause of diarrhea in recently freshened cows — that is, those that have just calved — as well as calves less than a month old. Both groups have weakened immune systems, making them vulnerable to infection. Changes to a cow’s feed during this transition […]

Audio The sinister sago palm

Nov 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOutside time is tons of fun for our pets, but potential dangers abound. Among them are very poisonous plants that might be right under a dog’s muzzle. One of these is the sago palm, found outside in subtropical and tropical climates. Sagos are also popular ornamental household plants used […]

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