‘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 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 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 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 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 […]

Audio Learning to prevent leptospirosis

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLeptospirosis is a potentially fatal bacterial infection that can strike pets, especially dogs. It can also be transmitted from animals to people. While it used to be rare, leptospirosis is diagnosed more often these days. Here’s what you can do to help protect your pet. Animals with leptospirosis pass […]

Audio Genes over muscle: an equine epic

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPolysaccharide [poly-sack-a-ride] storage myopathy—or PSSM1—is a genetic muscle disease of horses. While you can’t prevent it, you can watch for signs in your equine buddy. PSSM1 was discovered in Quarter Horses and related breeds, as well as European draft horses and warmbloods. By now, it’s been identified in over […]

Audio When it comes to pet travel, don’t fly blind

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen deciding to fly with your furry friend, first consider his demeanor. If your buddy’ is fussy, you might opt for a pet sitter instead. But if that’s not an option, here are some things to remember. Only a fixed number of in-cabin pets are allowed on each flight, […]

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