‘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 highs and lows of medical marijuana

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith all the discussion of medical marijuana, pet parents might wonder how the talk could apply to their furry friends. Unlike THC — or the high-inducing part of the cannabis plant — cannabidiol, or CBD, is being studied for its medical potential in people. In some cases, CBD appears […]

Audio Hair loss by the season

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJust when the weather turns cool and your pooch should be his plushiest, he starts losing fur over his flanks. What’s up with that? If the hair loss is symmetrical — that is, equally apparent on both sides of your dog’s body — and doesn’t involve itch or inflammation, […]

Audio A tiny mouse playing a big role

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadChances are you know that ticks spread Lyme disease. But did you ever wonder where the ticks find it? Lyme disease is caused by bacteria carried primarily by white-footed mice — those tiny, wide-eyed, white-bePllied critters that thrive in forests and wetlands. White-footed mice are also popular hosts to […]

Audio When more isn’t better

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe term polydactyly [polly-DACK-tilly] refers to having extra toes. It’s a common condition in cats, especially those from the Northeast. And it turns out, more isn’t always better. Most affected cats only have extra digits in the front paws, giving the appearance of having thumbs or wearing mittens. While […]

Audio Before you run with it….

Sep 8, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor some sedentary folks and their couch-bound dogs, a jog together can potentially do double duty. But it isn’t for every pooch. Some breeds don’t have the build or temperament to sustain a vigorous workout. These include short-nosed breeds — like pugs, bulldogs or boxers — that are born […]

Audio There’s no time to waste with flea control

Sep 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNowadays, any season can be flea season—especially inside our homes. So, there’s no time like the present to start flea control. If you’re waiting to see a flea before you get worried, you may never find one. More likely, you’ll see the tiny black dots of flea dirt on […]

Audio Opting out of close shaves

Sep 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’ve seen startling shots of dogs with whole-body shaves, you might be wondering if such a drastic move is ever a good idea. The answer is usually no — especially when a dog has a double coat. These breeds — like huskies and many of their working and […]

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 […]

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