‘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 Canine cognition versus human habits

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHumans and dogs: It’s a friendship for the ages. But even so, there are things we do that can drive our pooches crazy. For one thing, dogs rely on our body language more than our words. So if we say one thing and do another, our dogs are left […]

Audio Crowning glory for fractured teeth

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn people, dental crowns are used to shore up teeth where the sensitive core tissue—or pulp—has been exposed. Similar teeth are usually extracted in animals. But once in a while, a crown is just what the veterinarian ordered. The most common reason crowns are pressed into action is traumatic […]

Audio When dental disease goes global

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPet parents in the know are aware that periodontal disease, that’s disease of the teeth’s supporting tissues, can damage dental structures. But it’s not as obvious that the bacteria involved can affect distant organs, too. Microbes and the toxins they produce can travel in the bloodstream to the kidneys, […]

Audio Adding pet safety to romantic celebrations

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen you’re planning a romantic celebration at home, it’s natural to have eyes only for your sweetheart—the human one, that is. But be sure to make the occasion safe for your furry or feathered friend, too. For example, keep chocolate—especially the baking variety—out of your pet’s reach. It can […]

Audio Storing pet food the right way

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOnce you’ve found the right food for your pet, you can follow some simple steps to make the most of its yummy goodness. First, make sure the packaging is securely closed after use. Use a sturdy clip on folded bags of kibble or store food packages in sealed containers. […]

Audio Awesome arachnids

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith animal lovers, there’s usually a right pet for everyone. That said, you might wonder why some choose pet spiders. To some, a tarantula’s beauty is it’s selling point. Those tawny browns, rosy pinks and cobalt blues can be downright pretty. Other folks are drawn more to its interesting […]

Audio Cat versus Christmas tree

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAhh…Christmas. The smell of spiced cider, the glitter of lights—and the crash of tree ornaments your cat bats to the floor. Balancing Christmas tree love with your cat’s safety is challenging, but doable. First, let your cat get used to the naked Christmas tree before you start decorating. Then, […]

Audio By a whisker

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat would a cat be without its winsome whiskers? But charming though they are, whiskers serve some important functions. These specialized hairs are controlled by their own muscles and nerves. That’s why trimming whiskers—unlike other hairs—can be painful. Whiskers feel surfaces as cats travel through tight spaces and they […]

Audio Keeping germs out of canine groups

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKeeping sick dogs away from healthy ones is easier said than done, since signs of illness aren’t always obvious. That’s why disease control guidelines are being developed for canine group settings. Let’s use a kennel as an example. First, vaccinations need to be up-to-date for a dog to be […]

Audio Like a dog with a bone?

Jan 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor many dogs, nothing says ‘treat’ like a bone. No wonder dogs and bones go together like bread and butter…or do they? Large chunks of bone can block your dog’s throat, stomach or intestinal tract. And smaller sharper pieces that splinter off during gnawing can tear the lining of […]

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