Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

July 26, 2014

Unhealthy Appetite: In Greenbelt, MD an elderly cat named Molly has recently developed Pica, which is an eating disorder characterized by cravings for non-food items. Her caretaker is worried about the effect of the condition on the feline’s health.

Diet Difficulty: A couple in San Diego, CA have put their cat Ellie on a weight loss regimen with unsuccessful results. What’s the next step?

A Cat's Unfortunate Magic Trick: A Washington DC feline named Magellan has changed the bathtub into a litter box.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Stanley The Parrot” by Kiss

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

July 26, 2014

Feline Family Reunion: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society follows up with a listener who was reunited with missing cat thanks to another listener who found the pet.

CohaBatation: A Woman and her husband recently purchased a residence in Florida that needs repairs. The new owners want to fix things without disturbing the colony of bats that also occupy the home. Jeff Gore, wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers advice.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

July 12, 2014

Rules for Relocation? A Fairfax, VA woman asks Dr. Weitzman if there is a humane way to transplant semi-feral cats from one state to another.

Making the Adjustment To a New Location: A 1 year old Yorkie-poo in Chevy Chase, MD is having difficulty with house training.

Cause For Alarm? Doolin, a cat in Cabin John, MD has a small mass on its body and his caretaker wants to know if it’s connected to a heart condition.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “I Love My Dog” – by Cat Stevens

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

July 12, 2014

Sibling Rivalry: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society speaks with a woman in Harpers Ferry, WV who thinks her cat is jealous of the family dog.

Using Chemistry To Calm a Canine’s Nerves: In Gaithersburg, MD a 4 year old dog named Freddy is afraid of everything and spends the day under the bed. His caretaker is considering Prozac as a solution.

Decoding Duck Behavior: Chris Nicolai, migratory bird biologist and water fowl specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps Dr. Weitzman satisfy a listener’s curiosity about duck behavior in a La Cajon, CA pond

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

July 5, 2014

Four’s a Crowd? A woman living with four cats in Washington, D.C. is considering moving into smaller space and wonders about the effect the relocation might have on the pets.

New Rules for Relocation: In Maryland, an 11-month-old Golden Retriever has difficulty adjusting to new surroundings and its caretaker seeks advice on the best way to prepare for an impending overseas move. Mark Botten, director of the pet travel agency Pet Express offers a few suggestions.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

July 5, 2014

A Second Opinion: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society takes on the case of Riley, an 11-year-old yellow lab in Arlington, Virginia. Riley has a bladder tumor and his caretaker was advised to seek an alternative to chemotherapy for treatment. Dr. Weitzman has suggestions.

Cat Fighting for Attention? In Rehoboth, Delaware, a new kitten has joined a household with three other cats. The new arrival gets along fine with the others, but its presence causes the other cats to fight each other.

Do's and Dont's of Drug Therapy: A woman in Bonita, California has been treating Indy, her 5-year-old collie, with a custom-made cannabis preparation to treat epileptic seizures. The treatments have been successful but the woman wants some wants advice on drug’s continued use.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

June 21, 2014

Winding Up When the Sun Goes Down: In Vienna, Virginia, a rescue dog named Missy becomes anxious and fidgety, but only at night. Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society has suggestions for winding Missy down.

A Surprise Visitor to the Bird Feeder: A wild turkey is regularly eating the food a Virginia woman puts in her garden feeder. We asked The Nature Conservancy’s Greg Meade to offer advice. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

May 31, 2014

All Wet In Washington, D.C.: A foster cat named Little Man is spraying all over the bathroom. His caretakers have tried many types of litter but the problem persists.

A Tipping Point? Sabrina, a 15-year-old cat in La Mesa, California is experiencing severe pain due to arthritis and has become ill-tempered. Her caretaker is seriously considering pet acupuncture. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Wild Horses” by Tim Reis

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

May 31, 2014

One Of These Is Not Like The Other: In a Washington, D.C. household there are two cats: Charlie, who is at a healthy weight, and Tie, who is overweight and inactive. They are used to eating together and won't eat without the other. Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society helps the owner find the best way to control the weight of one without affecting the weight of the other.

Car Trouble? Murphy is a recently rescued dog in Alexandria, Virginia who loves to ride, but barks and has shaking fits when the riding stops.

Kitty Contagious? A woman in Arlington, Virginia is wondering if one of her cats, which was treated for pneumonia and chlamydia, is a health risk to her second cat. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

May 24, 2014

Pet Oncology: Lola, a 10-year-old golden retriever in Alexandria, Virginia, was diagnosed with a malignant lung tumor. It was removed, however, the vet suggested chemo to prevent recurrence. Now, her caretaker wants a second opinion. Dr. Gary Weiztman of the San Diego Humane Society and Sue Ettinger, a board certified oncologist at Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, New York offer suggestions.

Night “Owls”: Ami and Mooch, two "sister cats" in San Diego, California, like to play in the middle of the night, but it's affecting their owner's sleep.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

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