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Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

July 19, 2014

Pet Protection: A caller from Reston, Virginia is seeking advice about Rocky, a German Shepherd that attracted ticks during a hike. The dog has received preventative treatment but the caretaker wants to be certain that there isn’t any residual danger. Dr. David Gaines, an entomologist with Virginia State Public Health, joins the discussion.

Tricky Teeth Cleaning: In Washington, D.C., a rescue cat that was transported from Lebanon suffers from an unusually high level of a liver enzyme (ALT), which could add significant complications to regular dental work. Are the risks worth the rewards of good dental hygiene?

Music: “Purus River” & “Seahorse” by Devendra Banhart

Saving Pet Fish With Surgery

Saving Pet Fish With Surgery

July 19, 2014

You added a Blue Gourami to your aquarium and now its sick. Greg Lewbart of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine is one of a growing number of vets who take on the extremely delicate job of performing life-saving operations on aquarium fish. Lewbart talks about his pioneering use of surgery to improve the health of aquatic species.

All Eyes On A South American Bird: Dr. Emma Grieg of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology tells us how average citizens can participate in a new study that seeks to explain the behavior of the Monk Parakeet, which has flown into the center a wildlife controversy because of the peculiar places it chooses for nests in North America’s biggest cities.

The Animal House Dateline: We hear about a lone wolf who covered hundreds of miles and two states to find a new mate; the state of New Jersey takes bold steps to combat the illegal trade of elephant ivory.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

July 19, 2014

Future Prospects for A Feline? – Dr. Katy Nelson, host of The Pet Show on DC'S News Channel 8 takes on the case of Hopewell, a 10-month-old cat in Silver Spring, Maryland that has two broken femurs. The vet recommends surgery and the caretaker wants to know the long-term prognosis for this condition.

Spoiling the Joy Of A New Arrival: A Washington D.C. cat has begun to substitute an indoor rug for a litter box, without apparent provocation. The pet’s caretaker is expecting a child of her own, which makes this an uncomfortable situation.

Tips For Avoiding A Potential Dog/Cat Conflict: A woman in the nation’s capital is planning a move with her 8-year-old rescue cat to an apartment that already has a dog.

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

 Icon Of American West At the Crossroads

Icon Of American West At the Crossroads

July 19, 2014

Wild horse overpopulation in the western U.S. is generating such an outpouring of public response that there are some who suggest the reaction rivals the polarized discourse during the Vietnam War. And the issue has become a multi-million dollar headache for the federal government, which is desperate for a long-term solution. We get a comprehensive read on this complex situation from reporter Lenny Bernstein, who has been covering this story for the Washington Post, and filmmaker Sylvia Johnson, who chronicled the thorny mix of conservation and controversy in her new documentary Roaming Wild.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti

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

Beneath the Surface with Sylvia Earle

Beneath the Surface with Sylvia Earle

July 12, 2014

Ms. Earle is a distinguished oceanographer, National Geographic explorer – in residence and recipient of the TED prize. She talks to Sam Litzinger about her experiences and the urgent need to protect our oceans.

An Endangered Fish Story With a Happy Ending: Recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made a big announcement that marks a significant milestone in wildlife conservation. Cassandra Profita of Oregon Public Radio’s EarthFix project tells the story of how an Oregon Minnow became the first fish to be removed from the Endangered Species List.

The Animal House Dateline: We hear about an unusual and heartwarming friendship between a goat and a donkey and the discovery of an extraordinary animal migration in Africa.

The Loh Down on Science With Sandra Tsing Loh: Alien Jaws: Why eels may be the weirdest fish in the sea.

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

Peru’s Love Affair With Hairless Dogs

Peru’s Love Affair With Hairless Dogs

July 12, 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.

What Happens to Animals When They Hear Music? New research adds more noise to the discussion of whether animals have a complex appreciation of notes and tones. Tufts University professor Ani Patel, author of the study, joins us with details.

Music: “Madeira River” and “The Turning Point” by Uakti

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

Falling Stars

Falling Stars

July 5, 2014

Starfish living in Pacific waters from Mexico to Alaska are inexplicably dying by the thousands. Katie Campbell of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s EarthFix project dives in to chronicle the work of scientists who are struggling to find the reasons behind the deaths.

DIY Grooming: Known as the star of Animal Planet’s reality show, "The Groomer Has It," Jorge Bendersky is an A-list pet care specialist whose clients include top models, notable actors, infamous billionaires and popular recording artists. Jorge shares a few “do it yourself” grooming tips that will make any pet ready for the red carpet.

Music: "Verdi's Va Pensiero" by Uakti.

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