‘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 Eating on the lean side

Sep 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen you’re warned against feeding your dog fatty foods, it’s not just because of the calories. The risk of pancreatitis is even more sinister. The pancreas is chock-full of digestive enzymes. When the organ becomes inflamed, those enzymes can escape and damage nearby tissue, including the pancreas itself. The […]

Audio Seasons of fun can be fraught with hazards

Sep 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSummer and fall are seasons for fun with our pets. But we need to be on the lookout for hidden hazards. Dogs may look cute jumping on trampolines, but those cavorting canines can sustain fractures or serious lacerations. Even something as simple as shutting a door can injure a […]

Audio Goldfish gone wild

Sep 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNo matter what the motive, it’s never a good idea to turn a pet loose in the wild. Taking that one step can result in a kettle of fish — that’s goldfish in this case. The ultimate size of a goldfish is limited by its environment. So in open […]

Audio Pets with benefits

Sep 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen you imagine retirement, are pets in the picture? These days, more and more people wonder how they can balance the joys of pet companionship with the responsibilities involved. For some seniors, worries about money, less active lives or passing before their pet does discourage them from taking on […]

Audio Don’t bark up the wrong tree

Sep 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re desperate for a break from your pooch’s barking, think carefully before reaching for a “quick fix” product. Collars that deliver piercing noises, noxious sprays or electric shocks when triggered by barking are — to put it bluntly — punishment devices. They’re especially poor choices for dogs that […]

Audio Feline food facts

Aug 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou’ll do anything to care for your feline friend, including feeding him the best food around. But there are some diet-related dangers you need to know about. A quick switch to a new meal plan often throws off a cat’s digestive tract. So be sure to transition to the […]

Audio Canine flu in a new package

Aug 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re a pooch parent, you may have heard of canine influenza. But let’s take a look at its newer, badder cousin. This spring, lots of dogs in the Chicago area came down with a serious respiratory illness. While it looked like a bad case of kennel cough from […]

Audio Saving pets from fires

Aug 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s a sad fact that up to 500 thousand pets are affected by house fires each year – which begs the question: What can you do to keep your pet safe from fire, especially when you’re not at home? You can start by using window stickers that alert firefighters […]

Audio Keep this cream away from cats

Aug 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDangers to our pets can turn up where we least expect them. One of the latest in a long list is an unlikely health aid for humans. Recently, a cream containing flurbiprofen [fler-bĭ-PRO-fen], a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID [EN-sed], was blamed for illness in two cats and death […]

Audio Horses in harm’s way

Aug 1, 2015 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs the cost of food and shelter has skyrocketed over the past few years, so have the numbers of abandoned animals. The small guys may end up in shelters, but large critters often aren’t as lucky. And with the added complication of drought, the odds seem especially stacked against […]

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