‘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 Setting your sights on Golden Retrievers

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSometimes, specific dog breeds are targeted by disease. A case in point is pigmentary [PIG-ment-air-y] uveitis [you-vee-ITE-us], which primarily attacks Golden Retrievers. Golden Retriever Uveitis, or GRU, is a type of inflammation that affects the vascular parts of the eye—like the colored iris. Early signs include squinting, tearing and […]

Audio When your pet loses a grip

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLoss of coordination, or ataxia, can be caused by a whole host of conditions. And the outcome depends a lot on which part of your pet’s body is affected. There are three kinds of ataxia. When the spinal cord is squeezed, an animal might stumble or become increasingly weak. […]

Audio Cats knock it as they try it

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCats seem to have a motive for everything they do. So why is it your feline friend intentionally knocks things over? One of the reasons our cats bat at knickknacks is to hone their predatorial skills. When cats hunt, they paw their prey. And when they encounter small objects […]

Audio The hazards of water hemlock

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDid you know that a wetland plant in the carrot family contains one of the most potent toxins in North America? And it’s one that you—or animals under your care—could easily encounter. Even a minute amount of the poison in water hemlock is enough to cause uncontrollable seizures and […]

Audio Are macrolides too hot for foals to handle?

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOne of the challenges some foals face is bacterial pneumonia caused by Rhodococcus equi (road-o-cock-us ekkie). Fortunately, combination therapy with a macrolide antibiotic may provide effective treatment. But that same macrolide might pose other dangers to a young horse. In particular, erythromycin (ur-rith-ro-my-a-sin) has been shown to cause dangerously […]

Audio How to get on a dog’s nerves

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEven if you do all you can to pamper your pooch, you might unwittingly be doing things that drive him nuts. For example, do you touch your dog’s face? If so, chances are he pulls back or flinches—even just a little. That’s because you’ve moved into his private space. […]

Audio A cat’s breath away from a diagnosis

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs befits a carnivore through and through, a cat’s breath isn’t expected to be fresh as a daisy. But breath that’s especially pungent may be sending medical signals. The most common cause of halitosis in cats is oral bacteria, which mixes with plaque to cause dental disease. But problems […]

Audio The rewards of fostering

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you have space in your home and extra love in your heart, have you considered fostering an animal from the shelter? Animals are fostered when they’re not quite ready for adoption. This doesn’t apply just to dogs and cats—there are birds, rabbits and other animals that need help, […]

Audio Keeping dental disease at bay

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPeriodontal disease—that is, disease of tissues that support the teeth—is a big problem in our pets. In fact, up to 80 percent of dogs and cats are affected by age 3. That’s even more surprising once you realize it’s completely preventable. Periodontal disease is insidious, since most of the […]

Audio Healthy treats for your pooch

Mar 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you watch your weight, you know it’s not about snacking but what’s in the snack that counts. The same goes for your dog. If you mean to get—or keep—your pooch in tip-top shape but still want to show the love, it’s all about healthy snacks. Dogs are omnivores—that […]

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