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Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

June 7, 2014

A Misdirected Mouth: An otherwise very friendly 2-year-old rescue dog named Princess is nipping toes and fingers with abandon in Washington, D.C. Her caretakers are struggling with their attempts to modify the behavior, but Dr. Gary has a solution.

Are Two Homes Better Than One? Buddy , a 9-month-old cat in Richmond, Virginia, was adopted by owners who don't live together so he splits time between the two. Is shared custody good or bad for a pet? Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Black Snake Moan” by Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

On Call with Washington Humane Society's Animal Care and Control Officers

On Call with Washington Humane Society's Animal Care and Control Officers

June 7, 2014

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day officers of the Washington Humane Society's Animal Care and Control Field Services Division handle the mostly unpredictable and often dangerous responsibility of rescuing injured, threatened or abandoned animals in the nation’s capital. As the only rescue organization charted by the U.S. Congress, it has a unique place among animal welfare agencies by coming to the aid of both pets and wildlife - since 1870. To learn more about the work of these dedicated individuals, we sent WAMU’s Metro Connection reporter Lauren Landau to ride along with them.

Using Foxes As a “Rosetta Stone” For the History of Fido: Fifty years ago, scientists in Siberia attempted to domesticate wild foxes to find out more about how wolves changed over thousands of years to become dogs. What followed was a significant breakthrough in the study of canine behavior. As a result, the experiment continues today and Ashley Cleek of PRI’s The World went to Russia to report on its progress.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

June 7, 2014

Is the “Hypoallergenic Cat” a Myth? The husband of a Washington, D.C. woman developed an allergic reaction to their deceased cat. Now they’re ready to adopt another feline. They're leaning toward a Persian because it has been said that the breed is less likely to have the same effect. True or false? Dr. Katy Nelson, host of The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, joins Dr. Gary to confirm ... or deny ... the claim.

Itching for Relief: In San Diego, California, a 7-year-old black lab named Price scratches constantly, although there is no sign of a rash or fleas.

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

Wildman Whistleblower

Wildman Whistleblower

June 7, 2014

One of television’s most popular animal shows is at the center of a of controversy stemming from an investigation that has produced some very serious accusations. We get details from James West, the Mother Jones News producer who first shed light on claims of abuse and neglect by the Animal Planet network and producers of the program Call of the Wildman.

Hearing Aids for Bats? Sandra Tsing Loh of The Loh Down on Science has the story of a recent discovery which suggests bats have developed a novel approach to “social calling”

Music: “Madeira River” and “Maculele Marimba” by Uakti

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

Our Evolving Relationship With Cats and Dogs

May 31, 2014

Once wild animals, cats and dogs are now family members and surrogate children. Some say they’re on the verge of becoming legal persons. How did this happen? The answer to that and other questions about today's interactions between pets and people can be found in the new book Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs. We speak with its author, award-winning journalist David Grimm.

The Animal House Dateline We hear a heartwarming and unusual story of adoption and details of the discovery of a new marine species in Italy.

The Loh Down on Science with Sandra Tsing- Loh: Uncovering a new connection between sharks and social media. Music: “Madiera"; “The Turning Point” by Uakti

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

New Details About BP Oil Spill’s Impact

New Details About BP Oil Spill’s Impact

May 31, 2014

Recent studies released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Stanford University give a more detailed picture of the harmful effects of the largest marine spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Lee Crockett, director of U.S. Oceans for the Pew Charitable Trusts describes key points of the research and what happened to a wide variety of gulf coast wildlife.

Expert Birding in Your Backyard: For bird watchers, Christmas comes in the month of May - the most wonderful time of the year to watch millions of birds as they fly north for the summer. We visit the backyard of expert birder, illustrator and author Jonathan Alderfer, using a few pages from his book, the National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America as a guide to enjoying the annual spring migration from the comfort of home.

Music: “Madeira River” and “Maculele Marimba” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

May 24, 2014

Dog's Behavior is Not a Walk in the Park: Hershey, a 7-year-old dog, recently moved to Virginia from an area that did not have a lot of dogs. Now, on walks, Hershey encounters many dogs and reacts by aggressively barking. Is this a behavioral issue or one of stress prompted by a new environment?

Shock Trauma: Ziggy, an 8-year-old dog in Reston, Virginia, was trained using a "shock collar" that emitted a high-pitched warning sound. Now that Ziggy's family has moved into an apartment, the fire alarm and dishwasher are making similar sounds that are exciting the dog.

Symptom of Aging? In Bartlesville, Oklahoma, a 12-year-old lab mix named Gracie has lots of energy but her hind limbs have recently been shaking. She was prescribed aspirin from the vet but may be showing signs of arthritis.

Music: “Purus River”; "Almak" by Uakti;

Afri-Aqua

Afri-Aqua

May 24, 2014

Aquaponics is a revolutionary method of agriculture using much less space, water and chemicals than land based farming. The process isn’t new but because of cultural and economic complications it's been slow to gain traction in Africa. However, one entrepreneur in Uganda thinks he's finally hit on a winning formula. Jon Miller from PRI’s The World traveled to the east African nation to learn more about this promising development.

Fish Tank King: There are about 13 million households in the United States that have some sort of fish living in them. And if that includes your home, Jose Blanco, one of the subjects of the NatGeo Wild TV program Fish Tank Kings is your kind of guy. Jose tells us about the show and shares useful tips for fish lovers.

The Animal House Dateline: We learn about a big cat’s secret for survival and why the eating habits of a small, mouse-like mammal called a pika may give it an edge in adapting to climate change.

Music: “Madiera"; “The Turning Point” by Uakti