‘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 Wanted: a pet-worthy sitter

Sep 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFinding the right pet sitter can feel overwhelming, unless you take it a step at a time. Start by contacting your veterinarian, local humane association or organizations like Pet Sitters International or the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. Next, schedule a phone interview to hear what your candidate […]

Audio The hazards of hiking

Sep 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBefore setting out on a hike with your canine companion, be aware of the possible perils. One you can easily avoid is overdoing it. If your dog is breathing heavily, exhausted or limping even after breaks, it’s time to call it a day. You can fend off heatstroke by […]

Audio Showering love up to the last

Sep 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMost dog shelter visitors look for a bright-eyed pooch to be a lifelong buddy. For a few others, the goal is to love and care for sick dogs who have little time left. These rare souls provide home hospice care to terminally ill shelter dogs. Medical treatment for these […]

Audio Playing possum like a hero

Sep 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor those of you who don’t care for opossums, your feelings may change after hearing this. Truth is, the opossum is a medical hero of sorts. Chances are you’ve heard about the dangers of ticks and diseases they spread. One of these is Lyme disease, which can affect dogs […]

Audio Building a wall between the flu and your pooch

Sep 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA new strain of canine influenza, or dog flu, showed up in the United States a few years ago. From Chicago in 2015 through the South and Southeast this past spring, the H3N2 virus has spread through over 30 states. That’s why it’s important for you to know the […]

Audio Parasite prevention as you travel

Sep 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs a responsible pet parent, you’re probably up to speed on parasites and preventatives. But that’s the case at home. What about where you and your pet may be traveling? Different parasites are prevalent in different locales, and your pet still needs protection. The website for the Companion Animal […]

Audio When diabetics need surgery

Sep 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTo parents of diabetic pets, odds are your veterinarian has explained their increased risk of developing infections — postsurgical or otherwise. But that doesn’t mean you should shy away from surgery if it’s the standard of care. Diabetes causes cellular changes, including some that impact the immune system. These […]

Audio Take 5 and schedule wellness visits for your cat

Sep 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re a cat parent, consider five reasons to make veterinary wellness visits a key part of your kitty’s care. First, cats are pros at hiding problems, but veterinarians can spot even subtle abnormalities. That brings us to reason two, which is detecting small problems before they become big […]

Audio Stay calm and carry on—for your pet’s sake

Sep 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf your pet will be flying with you onboard a commercial airline, here are some ways to up the comfort quotient. Most pets don’t like to wet their carrier, but it happens. So, line the crate with an absorbent material that draws away moisture. Also, it’s best not to […]

Audio How pets party down

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen pet parents cut loose in the summer, we need to keep one thing in mind. Our idea of celebration is very different from that of our pets. Noises, blasts of light and the smoky smell of fireworks might get our juices flowing, but they often incite panic in […]

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