‘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 Sounding the alarm on xylitol

Oct 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs pet owners, it’s our job to guide our furry friends through what can seem like a minefield of potential poisons. We no sooner learn about one before another pops up. The sweetener xylitol is harmless in people but can cause liver damage and dangerously low blood sugar levels […]

Audio Sleeping tells the tale

Oct 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou can learn a lot about animals just by the way they sleep. Many large animals can sleep lightly while standing, thanks to an anatomic bonus called the stay apparatus. This interconnection of tendons and ligaments allows prey animals to stand for long stretches while expending very little effort […]

Audio If you plant it, they will come

Oct 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRecall the beauty of golden orange and black monarch butterflies. If you haven’t seen many lately, it’s because they’re fighting to survive. As with other species, climate change has wreaked havoc on monarchs. Man’s destruction of forests in Mexico, where most monarchs overwinter, has also left the butterflies high […]

Audio Routine check-ups and observation come to the rescue

Sep 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAnnual check-ups, routine bloodwork and keen observation are ways to keep small problems in our pets from becoming big ones. Here are some examples. Tag, a 6-year-old cat, was acting fine. But during his annual check-up, Tag’s veterinarian heard a heart murmur. An echocardiogram showed changes in Tag’s heart, […]

Audio Vitamin E for muscles: chew on that

Sep 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe are what we eat, and the same is true for our horses. Seemingly minor deficiencies can be fatal, so it’s crucial to know what you’re feeding. Masseter [MASS-uh-ter] myodegeneration [MY-oh-dee-gen-er-A-shun] refers to a breakdown of a horse’s masseter muscles, which control chewing. The condition results from a deficiency […]

Audio Repelling raccoons

Sep 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhether you hail from a rural, suburban or urban locale, you may be obsessed with outwitting raccoons. These rascals are unfazed by anyone, roam anywhere at night and eat about anything they find. So how can they be stopped? The key is keeping raccoons out of certain areas so […]

Audio Elephants on the edge

Sep 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSadly, discussion of endangered species is nothing new. But what if that species is itself a symbol of strength and endurance? A new landmark study provides evidence that poachers have destroyed a staggering 64 percent of Central Africa’s elephants in the last decade. Over the course of just three […]

Audio Chilling out during the dog days of summer

Sep 1, 2015 • By Connie

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen your dog’s having fun in the sun, can you count on her stopping before she overheats? Dogs primarily lose heat by panting, which is a pretty inefficient way to cool down, especially when it’s humid outside. Unfortunately, dogs can’t chill out by panting as quickly as we humans […]

Audio In praise of fearless felines

Sep 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAmong animals lauded as war heroes, you don’t hear much about cats. But fearless felines have helped humans through the ages when they’ve needed it most. In ancient Egypt, cats were prized rodent hunters and grain protectors. Over the following centuries, ships’ cats kept rodents at bay while boosting […]

Audio A healthy fear or parvovirus

Sep 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re a pup parent, you’ve probably heard of parvovirus. But just why is it such a feared disease? Canine parvovirus attacks the intestinal lining of dogs, particularly puppies, destroying the protective barrier and short-circuiting intestinal function. The resulting dehydration and other symptoms can be fatal. Parvovirus is very […]

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