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Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

October 18, 2014

Finding The Proper Footing For A Feline: A 6-year-old rescue Siamese cat named Pi has trouble standing on its front paws. Her caretaker asks Dr. Katy for a possible explanation.

A Cat Habit That’s Hard To Break: In Maryland, a 13-year-old male tabby named Bear is repeatedly rejecting the litterbox, preferring instead to use the same spot on the floor in another room of the house.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Beetles” by Warpaint. Production Assistance: Natalie Yuravlivker, Meghan Modafferi, Alex Drewenskus

Avian Assistance For Alzheimer Patients

Avian Assistance For Alzheimer Patients

October 18, 2014

Bird Tales is a revolutionary effort that uses interactions with birds to provide therapy for people suffering from various forms of dementia. The program is rapidly migrating from its Connecticut roots to cities across the country. We speak with its administrator, Ken Elkins of Audubon Connecticut.

Lawn Mooing: The town council in Havering, England, recently decided to turn to cows instead of lawnmowers to keep parks and other green spaces neat and trim. The council estimates it can milk $500,000 of savings out of the budget over the next decade. Marco Werman of PRI’s The World speaks with town council member Roger Beecroft.

The Loh Down on Science with Sandra Tsing Loh: Do Cows Suffer From Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome?

Music: “Mountain” by Uakti. Production Assistance: Natalie Yuravlivker, Meghan Modafferi, Alex Drewenskus

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

October 18, 2014

CAT Scan For A Canine? A San Diego dog named Comet is behaving normally, but has a mysterious lump on its body. The pet’s caretaker asks Dr. Katy Nelson if a CAT scan should be considered.

Searching For the Proper Treatment: A family’s recent to move to the Washington, D.C., area means finding a new place to get the right medication for their sick feline. Dr. Katy has a few suggestions.

Bird Note: The Ring-Necked Pheasant is profiled.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti.

Crustacean Invasion

Crustacean Invasion

October 18, 2014

The Red Swamp Crayfish is a common ingredient for gumbo and jambalaya that was moved from its natural habitat in the Southeastern U.S. to the waters of the Pacific Northwest a decade ago, most likely to be used as fish bait. But the species has thrived there and scientists are concerned that its increasing presence is seriously upsetting the region’s ecological balance. Ashley Ahearn of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Earthfix project has details.

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal E.R.: Dr. Susan Kelleher’s work as owner and chief veterinarian of a South Florida animal care facility has earned her international praise, unusual patients and a new reality show on the Nat Geo Wild television network. We go behind the scenes to find out why Dr. K is known as the exotic animal’s best friend.

Music: “Madeira River” & “Arrumcao” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

October 11, 2014

A Dog That Likes To Rock And Roll: In Springfield, Virginia, a 5-year-old black Lab named Indi has developed a bizarre habit of looking in the woods and pushing rocks. He would find the biggest rock, sometimes five times the size of his head, and push it as far as he can, at least 20 to 25 feet.

Cat Tale: An 8-year-old feline in Charlottesville, Virginia, had her tail bitten off as a kitten. Her caretaker wants advice on getting it bobbed.

The Perilous Life Of A Professional Honeybee

The Perilous Life Of A Professional Honeybee

October 11, 2014

There are two types of honeybees: those you see playing among the flowers in your yard and those that have to work for a living, found in commercial beehives. For them, it is a life full of many hazards. Cassandra Profita of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s EarthFix project tells a story about the perilous life of a professional honeybee.

New Bird Book Leaves The Nest: It’s a book that bird lovers across the country have waited for with great anticipation: National Geographic’s 743-page guide to the birds of North America. The volume was released recently with over 4,000 illustrations, 180 color photos covering over 1,000 species. Its author, National Geographic bird expert Jonathan Alderfer, joins us with a few highlights.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

October 11, 2014

Helping a Feline Find the Box: Dr. Katy Nelson helps a Baltimore cat named Johnny who is disregarding the litter box when seeking relief.

Using Flea Preventative For Bedbugs? A man in Norwich, New York, recently discovered he had a bed bug infestation and he wants to know if Frontline will protect his cat. Bed bug expert Dr. Catherine Loudon of the University of California, Irvine, offers advice.

Fruit Bats And Ebola

Fruit Bats And Ebola

October 11, 2014

Scientists tracking the aggressive spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa have uncovered a relationship to common species of bat. Marco Werman of PRI’s The World learns more about the connection from Dr. DeeAnn Reeder, a professor of biology at Bucknell University.

Fold The Flock: More than 100 years ago, the world said goodbye to its last passenger pigeon. But this year, a new global art project is using origami to memorialize the lost species and encourage new conservation efforts. We find out more about The Passenger Pigeon Origami Project, from Andrew Stern of the Lost Bird Project.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

October 4, 2014

A Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On: In Nashville, Tennessee, a 16-month-old bloodhound puppy named Turbo shakes when it is standing still.

What’s In a Nose? Linus, a 2-year-old cat in Laurel, Maryland, has recently moved past simple sneezing to the blowing of his nose, followed by pawing and shaking his head violently. Dr. Gary becomes a detective to find the cause of this unusual behavior.

Difficulty with Domestication: A Maryland woman rescued a cat from the side of a road. Despite living with her for 3 years, Felix the feline is still showing signs of being feral. How can she tell if the cat is actually feral?

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Reverie of the Tapir” by William Orbit

 Animals And Their 'Amazing Grace'

Animals And Their 'Amazing Grace'

October 4, 2014

Animal House producer Natalie Yuravlivker visits St. Luke's Episcopal in Bethesda, Md., one of thousands of churches around the world that take part in an annual ceremony known as the “Blessing of the Animals." The ceremony honors St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Salmon in the waters of the Pacific Northwest may soon have a safer way to spawn thanks to a new technology that’s helping to transport hatchery fish in the state of Washington . Courtney Flatt of Northwest Public Radio has the story of the Salmon Cannon, followed by The Loh Down on Science with Sandra Tsing Loh.

The Animal House is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.