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Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

April 12, 2014

Getting a “Jump” On a Cat’s Box Behavior: A Washington, D.C. feline stands up while using the litter box with messy results. Its caretaker wonders if getting a "jump-in" litter box will solve the problem.

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” – Kermit the Frog

Japan’s Rabbit Island

Japan’s Rabbit Island

April 12, 2014

There’s a tiny Japanese island with a troubling past that has undergone a remarkable transformation thanks to a large population of rabbits. Nina Porzucki of PRI’s The World tells us more.

Helping Pets by Making Humans Smarter: Your Dog’s Friend, a nonprofit organization based in Rockville, Md., is dedicated to keeping dogs out of shelters by educating and supporting their humans. Producer Natalie Yuravlivker visited their free monthly adopter’s workshop to learn about the resources available to potential adopters and new pet companions.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

April 12, 2014

Which Meds Are Best For My Cat? The keeper of a San Diego, CA feline seeks advice on choosing the proper medication for a respiratory ailment. Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society has a few suggestions.

Group Therapy: A 6 year old Sharpei is showing unwelcome signs of aggressive behavior at the dog park. Can she learn how to play nice with other animals?

A Reversal of Feline Fortune: Two cats who have lived together amicably in Virginia for 7 years have suddenly become unfriendly toward each other and their caretaker doesn't understand why.

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

Euthanasia Or Contraception?

Euthanasia Or Contraception?

April 12, 2014

The question of euthanasia versus birth control is at the center of a serious disagreement about the welfare of various species of domestic and wild animals. Recent events involving giraffes and lions in a Danish zoo introduced another level of complexity and emotion to this ongoing debate. Laura Moss, an editor and writer for Mother Nature Network who has done a substantial amount of reporting on this issue, joins us to offer insight.

Helping Animals and People with a Gentle Touch: Since 1999 The Gentle Barn animal sanctuary has been a life-saving respite for thousands of animals and a safe haven for many at-risk teens and special needs children. We speak with Ellie Laks, founder of the southern California nonprofit, who has written a new book, "My Gentle Barn," which weaves together the story of her personal journey and how the sanctuary came to be the highly regarded institution it is today.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

April 5, 2014

Finding the Right Diagnosis: A 10 year old Golden Retriever in Virginia has arthritis, mobility issues, and a lump that her vet wants to remove. But how can one tell if a lump is cancerous or not?

Odious and Odiferous: The caretaker of a 13 year old cat in Tennessee is concerned by a dramatic change in the feline’s body odor.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “So Long and Thanks For All the Fish” by Brian Taylor

A Tale of Two Rescuers

A Tale of Two Rescuers

April 5, 2014

We follow the work of two dedicated individuals, Pam McElwee who owns a northern Virginia, dog themed restaurant franchise that supports her Lost Dog and Cat Ranch and Rescue, and Chrissy Beckles, (pictured) founder and president of The Sato Project, which rescues Puerto Rican dogs and finds them homes in the United States.

Celebrating the Squirrel: Washington Post columnist John Kelly tells us why he’s dedicating a full week of columns to the ubiquitous and mysterious species of urban wildlife.

Music: “Bachianas Brasileiras” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

April 5, 2014

A Change of Venue? A 9 month old cat in Virginia is about get a new location for her litter box. Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society tells the feline’s caretaker what to expect.

Getting Friendly with Ferals? A Maryland woman recently “adopted” 2 male feral cats. She caught one, neutered him and she brought him inside but needs advice on trapping and neutering cat #2.

Breaking the Ice: A Great Pyrenees has a new guardian; is that the reason why she refuses to go for walks? Dr. Weitzman has a few suggestions

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

Prosthesis for Animals

Prosthesis for Animals

April 5, 2014

The use of prosthetics has a long history of human application but now caretakers of pets and wildlife are turning to replacing limbs with surgery as an option for animals who suffer debilitating injuries or a severe lack of mobility. The new PBS/Nature documentary My Bionic Pet chronicles this growing trend. We speak with the film’s award-winning director, Kevin Bachar.

The Evolving Science of Horseshoe Crabs: Important contributions to modern medicine by animal species are legion. For example, there is a good chance that you’ll find inside a typical medicine cabinet any number of medications that contain animal-derived ingredients. And before any drug is certified by the Federal Drug Administration, it must be tested using an extract derived from the blood of Horseshoe Crabs, a species that first appeared in shallow ocean waters about 400 million years ago. Today its in the midst of a significant decline and we speak with a scientist, Dr. Christopher Chabot of Plymouth State University, who is working to find out why.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

March 29, 2014

Appetite For Destruction: Dr. Gary hears the story of an 8-month-old kitten in Maryland, who has a habit of chewing on household items and making a big mess while its family is away from home.

Doggie Detective Work An 8-year-old Greyhound has chewed off seven of his eight toenails over last three months and its caretaker can’t figure out why. Dr. Gary gets a foothold on this unusual situation.

Latitude Adjustment? A Siamese cat seems to have a problem with the position of its litter box.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; "Wild Horses" by Tim Ries and Norah Jones

Peru’s Love Affair With Hairless Dogs

Peru’s Love Affair With Hairless Dogs

March 29, 2014

Once considered undesirable, this unmistakably naked canine now rivals Peruvian royalty. Want one? It will cost you $1,000 inside the country and much more elsewhere. We hear the reasons behind the breed's popularity from Annie Murphy, who reports from Lima for PRI’s The World and its partner Radio Ambulante.

Mysterious UK Crime Wave Targets Pet Ferrets: For the past two years southern England has been a dangerous place for the slinky mammal following a rash of mysterious thefts. Wall Street Journal reporter Justin Scheck is following the story and he speaks to us from London.

Music: “Maculele Marimba” by Uakti

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