‘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 Tiny parasites causing big problems

Jul 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBacteria and viruses aren’t the only microbes that can derail your pet’s health. Tiny parasites called coccidia [cock-SID-ē-ya] can also cause big problems. Coccidiosis [cock-sid-ē-YŌ-sis] involves severe diarrhea, sometimes with fever and vomiting. It’s especially dangerous for kittens and puppies with their undeveloped immune systems. Without treatment, animals can […]

Audio Getting trail-ready for hiking

Jul 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf your pooch is going to be your hiking buddy, you’ll need to have a solid game plan. First, have your dog examined to see if he’s ready for the journey. Most dogs are at least 1 year old before their bones and immune system are up to the […]

Audio Doing your due diligence fighting heartworms

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s mosquito season, which recalls the life-threatening effects of heartworm disease. So if you’re the parent of a dog, cat or ferret, listen up. Adult heartworms living inside dogs or wild canids—that is, their natural hosts—produce offspring that travel in the blood. Feeding mosquitoes ingest these larvae, then inject […]

Audio Getting foal-ready

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhile waiting nearly a year — 340 days on average — for your mare to foal, there’s a whole host of things you can do to help things run smoothly. Providing daily exercise lets your mare stay in shape for foaling. Offering a diet of good pasture, high-quality hay, […]

Audio Pets on the move

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPets feel the unsettling effects of moving as much as anyone in your family. So if you’re a pet parent on the move, you’ll need to create security in the midst of chaos and set up a routine quickly in your new digs. That’s usually easier for dogs than […]

Audio Thiamine gap in cats

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThiamine, or vitamin B1, is an essential vitamin for cats. Without it, our feline friends are unable to metabolize carbohydrates normally and they can get seriously ill. Cats get thiamine from the foods they eat. But over the past several months, a number of cat foods have been recalled […]

Audio Weighing diet options for geriatric horses

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs horses age, they are at risk of certain medical problems, like chronic weight gain or loss. That’s why staying on top of nutrition becomes more important than ever. It’s often a matter of checks and balances. If your horse has no problems with fat or glucose metabolism, you […]

Audio Lice and easy: Dog infestations

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf your pooch is super itchy, you’re liable to blame it on fleas. But a lesser-known parasite could be at fault. Although lice are commonly considered to be a human problem, cases of dog lice have been on the rise in some parts of the country. Certain types of […]

Audio First aid saving pets

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs temperatures rise and our pets are outside longer, emergency risks start ticking up. Here are some important things to keep in mind. Heat stroke can manifest as labored breathing, an unsteady gait or complete collapse. Some animals vomit or have diarrhea, develop deep red gums or drool excessively. […]

Audio Tuning in to stressed-out canines

May 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadStress is an all-too-common aspect of our lives these days — and it affects our canine companions, too. But if we know what to look for, we can lend a steady hand to our panicky pooches. Canine anxiety often manifests as gastrointestinal signs, like diarrhea or vomiting. These abnormalities […]

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