‘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 Pacing a healthy rhythm

Nov 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSince the 1960s, pacemakers have been used in people with heart problems. By the 1980s, similar technology was first applied to dogs. So, just what does it mean and how is it done? A pacemaker is a small device consisting of a generator placed under the skin and wires […]

Audio Facts on frogs

Nov 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFrogs can make good pets for some folks. But the capture of wild frogs for the pet trade has pushed them to the point of extinction. So, if you’re thinking of getting a frog, first make sure it has been locally bred in captivity. And before you make the […]

Audio When cat meets pup

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen introducing a new puppy to your resident cat, you need a slow, steady game plan to make good impressions. First, set up your furry friends in separate rooms, each with canine or feline amenities. That way, each can hear and smell the other at a safe distance. Over […]

Audio Risks from raccoons

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re a pooch parent, you probably know of the rabies risk to dogs from raccoon encounters. But there’s another, more unusual danger. A rare syndrome called coonhound paralysis can strike dogs within two weeks after being scratched or bitten by a raccoon. And while nobody knows the exact […]

Audio Close encounters with corticosteroids

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCorticosteroids — like prednisone or dexamethasone — can work wonders in dogs with inflammatory disease or an overactive immune system. But they can also have pretty potent adverse effects. The most common side effects of corticosteroids are panting and increased thirst, urination and appetite. But some dogs develop more […]

Audio The canine opioid crisis

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe opioid crisis isn’t only killing tens of thousands of Americans each year, it’s claiming the lives of police dogs as well. Canine cops use their well-honed sense of smell to search out contraband, so they often inhale drug particles. And though dogs have been doing this for decades, […]

Audio Equine arthritis: getting a foot in the game

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadArthritis is common in older horses, especially former equine athletes. And while veterinarians have a host of medical treatments to relieve arthritic pain, one therapeutic area that gets less attention is hoof care. Owners and farriers can look to horses themselves for tips. For example, suffering steeds intuitively try […]

Audio Getting the lead out of nature

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNearly 50 years ago, the toxic pesticide DDT was banned, rescuing bald eagles from the brink of extinction. But another manmade poison is still out there wreaking havoc. Eagles are skilled scavengers, which means they sometimes clean carcasses left by hunters. In doing so, they can eat bits of […]

Audio Getting the whole family through disasters

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhile some folks live in disaster-prone areas, the unexpected can happen anywhere, any time. And if you need to evacuate your home, what you think will be a short time away can turn into weeks. So, remember this mantra: Take your animals with you. When dealing with disasters, two […]

Audio Vaxing down a feline killer

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadVaccination works. We can tell by the scarcity of certain once-common viral diseases. But we can’t let our guard down, because the pathogens are still out there. Feline panleukopenia [pan-luke-oh-PĒN-ē-ya], also known as feline distemper, was once a leading cause of death in cats. That’s because the virus is […]

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