Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society has a few suggestions for a Maryland woman who is battling to control her cat’s flea infestation. A Virginia woman seeks a different approach to “canine integration” after her three Jack Russell terriers objected to her bringing home a service dog. Music: "Road Dogs" by Acoustic Alchemy
Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society comes to the aid of a California woman who added a new rescue canine to her family, only to have a negative reaction from the other dogs in her household. The companion of a cat in Louisiana is concerned about the feline’s compulsive and destructive tail chewing.
Thanks to a successful legal challenge, people who volunteer to foster pets for animal rescue organizations can receive tax deductions for their efforts. Jonathan Lovvorn, chief counsel of The Humane Society of the United States, sorts out the specifics for us. The "Odd Pet Vet," Dr. Greg Mertz of The New England Wildlife Center, thinks he’s discovered the reason behind an alarming incidence of blindness among leopard geckos. He shares his findings with Sam Litzinger. Music: "Animal Dreams" by Bob James
Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society devises a plan to curb a cat’s compulsive over grooming of an area that has recently undergone surgery. The companion of a Labrador Retriever in the nation’s capital is worried about the canine’s persistent limp. A 6-year-old Lhasa Apso in Georgia has an aversion to using a “litter pad” and the dog’s caretaker seeks an alternative. Music: “Road Dogs” by Acoustic Alchemy; Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Climate change, more interaction between people and wildlife in residential areas and a rise in species extinction levels are all contributing to renewed interest in preserving native habitats for animals and plants. "The Spine of the Continent" is a new book about "the most ambitious wildlife conservation project ever undertaken," linking protected areas from the Yukon to Mexico. Sam Litzinger speaks with the author, Mary Ellen Hannibal. Beverly Amsler of Virginia Public Radio has a story about efforts to save the Bobwhite after new ways of farming disrupted its native habitat, nearly wiping out the shy and elusive bird. Music: Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society helps a concerned Washington, D.C., mom whose Doberman Pinscher has taken a liking to licking her newborn son. A Virginia man seeks a way to stop a neighbor’s cat from relieving itself on his front lawn. Music: “Road Dogs” by Acoustic Alchemy
DeBordieu, S.C., is known for scenic beaches and an 800 acre wildlife preserve. But recently this private community along the Atlantic coast has become the place where an estimated 40,000 fish have come to die. Mel Bell, director of the Office of Fisheries Management for the state’s Department of Natural Resources, talks to Sam Litzinger about this mysterious occurrence. WAMU news reporter Sabri Ben-Achour has an update on his story about the intractable and devastating infestation of brown marmorated stinkbugs along the Eastern Seaboard. Also featured: BirdNote, our weekly review of avian species. Music: “Animal Dreams” by Bob James, “Spanish Guitar Solo” - Sting
Dr. Gary Weitzman counsels a Washington, D.C., woman whose cat prefers to seek relief in the bathtub, instead of litter box. A North Carolina man’s Shih Tzu was a lucky survivor of a serious auto accident but needs help dealing with painful after effects. Music: “Road Dogs” by Acoustic Alchemy; “Awaken Us To The Blue” by Bob James
The feathers of a hen or rooster might appear to be an unlikely target for intensive research, but a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist has spent the past 20 years uncovering some remarkable properties of this often discarded part of the bird’s anatomy. WAMU news reporter Emily Berman paid a visit to the USDA campus in Beltsville, Md., to learn more about the chemist and his chicken feathers. Also featured: The Loh Down on Science with Sandra Loh.