‘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 The conundrum of cats

Jan 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCats now outnumber dogs 3-to-1 as the world’ most popular pet. It’s an interesting fact, given that a dog wears its heart on its paw, while a cat hold its cards close to the chest. Our curious relationship with cats goes back nearly 15 thousand years. Early farmers were […]

Audio When canines clash

Jan 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen it comes to canine conflicts forewarned is forearmed. Dogs fight for a variety of reasons. Unneutered male dogs are usually the ones that charge. Some dogs simply can’t read the body language of others. You might even unwittingly put your own dog on guard by tightening the leash […]

Audio Managing the damage of disease

Jan 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadChagas [SHAH-gas] disease is caused by a parasite that invades a dog’s blood cells. Widespread in Central and South America, Chagas disease has also made its way to parts of the United States, including Florida. The disease is usually spread by bites of the bloodsucking triatoma (try-AT-uh-muh) or “kissing” […]

Audio Purringly pearly whites

Jan 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBeneath your cat’s cool exterior, she may be suffering from dental disease. Cats with dental problems might drool, have trouble chewing or paw at their mouth. While cats never have the sweetest of breath, distinctly bad breath can signal dental disease or other health problems. Gingivitis, or gum disease, […]

Audio LIVE: Managing Acute and Chronic Kidney Disease

Dec 14, 2013 • By Speaker: Dr. Carsten Bandt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen pets develop kidney failure, a treatment known as hemodialysis can  afford patients more time to recuperate from an acute injury. Hemodialysis and hemoperfusion are administered through a machine used to filter out toxins from the bloodstream.  Animal patients that receive this treatment typically are dogs and cats with […]

Audio LIVE: Managing the Itchy Pet

Dec 7, 2013 • By Speaker: Dr. Dunbar Gram

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSkin problems, ear infections and allergies are among the most common reasons people bring their dogs and cats to a veterinarian. Caring for an itchy pet can be both emotionally and financially exhausting. Within two to three months, however, it is possible to control some of the common causes. […]

Audio Taking the edge off epilepsy

Dec 1, 2013 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAll of a sudden, your brave Bowser falls over and starts shaking uncontrollably. What on earth is happening? This is a seizure, or convulsion, and while it may be a one-time event, your dog could have an underlying problem. For example, epilepsy is a brain defect that results in […]

Audio More than a flight of fancy

Dec 1, 2013 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’d like to bring a feathered friend into your family, consider this. Birds, even pet birds, are not considered domesticated. They’re independent and share the needs of their free-flying cousins. For example, birds require the social interaction of a flock, which will be your family. They need room […]

Audio Sniffing out danger

Dec 1, 2013 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn addition to every other way dogs enrich people’s lives, their uncanny sense of smell can detect disease in their human friends. Take cancer in people. With most forms of cancer, early detection is the key to survival. But many times physicians can’t detect cancer in a patient until […]

Audio Crate expectations

Dec 1, 2013 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour dog is a den animal by nature. His instinct is to take refuge in a safe hideaway. In the wild, pups learn this from their moms, but now it’s up to you to teach your little buddy that the crate is his safe haven. Start with a clean […]

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