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Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 23, 2014

Wide-Eyed Ride: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society has advice for a San Diego man whose Lab has car anxiety.

Spritz Fit: Two cats named Charlie and Elwood have taken to spraying all over a home in Arlington, VA, leaving their caretaker sinking and desperately seeking a solution.

Weak In The Knees: A 3 year old dog, Salty, has luxating patella in both knees but doesn’t seem to experience much pain. Will she need surgery? .

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

Scientists Close In On Cause Of Sea Star Disaster

Scientists Close In On Cause Of Sea Star Disaster

August 23, 2014

It’s been called the largest mortality event related to marine diseases ever seen. But now scientists are close to solving the mystery behind the massive die off of starfish in the Pacific Ocean. Ashley Ahearn of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s EarthFix project tells us more.

Wagging Tales From a Cross Country Canine Trek: New York Times writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis has stories from his new book, Travels With Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country which chronicles a four month, 13,000 miles journey across 32 states with a nine year old Labrador retriever.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 16, 2014

Reluctant Cat Referee: A Virginia woman is desperate for a solution to a series of mismatched altercations between two felines, one weighing in at 15 pounds. The other? Just 6 pounds.

Surgery As a Preventative Measure? The caretaker of Captain Bentley, a 9-month-old mini poodle in Virginia, has concerns about using a surgical procedure to address the possibility of canine cancer.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Shark in the Water” by V.V. Brown

Psychotherapy For Pets And Wildlife

Psychotherapy For Pets And Wildlife

August 16, 2014

Science historian Laurel Braitman describes herself as someone who “spends a lot of time thinking about humans thinking about other animals thinking about us.” Dr. Braitman’s extensive study of and personal experiences with pets and wildlife has revealed a singular perspective on the subject of animals and mental illness. And her new book, "Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves" is a best seller. Braitman tells us how to identify psychological disorders in non-human species and she suggests several therapeutic options.

The Animal House Dateline: We learn how a Turkish city uses a bottle recycling program to feed homeless dogs; how a stray cat transformed a homeless man living on the streets of London into a best-selling author; and the activism of a group of third graders paves the way for a new anti-puppy mill law in the state of Illinois.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 16, 2014

Diet Plan For a Python: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society asks reptile expert Dr. Scot Stahl to join the conversation with a man who needs a feeding regime for his ball python.

A Canine With An Aversion To Children? A Maryland dog named Cinnamon shows signs of anxiety whenever kids are near.

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

Through A Lens, Deeply

Through A Lens, Deeply

August 16, 2014

We know less about what’s in our oceans than we do about outer space; only about 5 percent of the ocean floor—and about a half a percent of the ocean itself—has been explored. Much of the knowledge we have about the pelagic universe can be found with oceanographer Sylvia Earle, affectionately known as “Her Deepness." Earle shares more than 60 years of unlocking the mysteries of the sea in a new documentary, Mission Blue. We have a preview of the film with a little help from Ms. Earle and celebrated director Robert Nixon.

Saving Chesapeake Oysters From Impending DOOM: The Chesapeake Bay is the largest oyster-producing body of water in the United States but the future for the bay’s ancient mollusks is dim; one estimate puts their population at less than 1 percent of historical levels. One of the suspected causes is a rapid depletion of oxygen, referred to as Dissolved Oxygen Oyster Mortality. The laboratory where researchers are working to understand the problem is known as The Room of DOOM. We sent WAMU reporter Jonathan Wilson to have a look at the groundbreaking science that takes place there.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 9, 2014

Hoping For A Hassle-Free Change of Scenery: A woman with five cats and a dog wants a stress-free way to move them from Maryland to Texas.

A Second Opinion: Bailey, a dog in Vienna, Virginia, may have Cushing disease, but the vet wants another blood test. Is it worth it?

Searching For A Snake Bite? A San Diego, California woman wants to know the procedure for identifying a possible rattlesnake bite on a canine.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Fangs on Bats” by Tullycraft

Saving Elephants Is A Family Affair

Saving Elephants Is A Family Affair

August 9, 2014

Joyce Poole is the world’s foremost elephant researcher and a National Geographic Explorer. Her brother Bob Poole is a celebrated wildlife filmmaker. In recognition of World Elephant Day 2014, we speak to them about their efforts to protect African elephants.

The Loh Down On Science: Sandra Tsing Loh introduces us to Joshua Plotnik from Emory University, who studied dozens of Asian elephants in Thailand. Plotnik found out that when the world’s largest land animals panic, they emote a low-frequency, “I’m having a meltdown” rumble that is a highly sophisticated way of communicating their feelings to other elephants.

Music: Mountain by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 9, 2014

Calming A Restless Cat: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice to a Maryland resident seeking a cure for a feline’s distressed behavior.

A Canine Resists Being Home Alone: A Virginia woman has two Tibetan Terriers (despite the name the breed is not actually a member of the terrier group). One dog is perfectly fine when their caretaker leaves the house, but the other is totally freaked out. Nicole Wilde, a canine behavior specialist and author of Don’t Leave Me! Step-By-Step Help for Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety, has a few suggestions.

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

The State of Emergency Status For Animal Control Officers

The State of Emergency Status For Animal Control Officers

August 9, 2014

Animal safety has risen to a new priority level in the nation’s capital as a result of proposed legislation introduced by a member of the Washington DC City Council. The bill supports the use of sirens on animal control vehicles responding to emergencies, which is currently not allowed. If the measure is adopted, WAMU’s Metro Connection reporter Lauren Landau says, there could be dramatic changes for officers of the Washington Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control unit .

Cat Café Makes American Debut: A cat café is a place where patrons pay an hourly fee to participate in what amounts to a supervised, short-term indoor pet rental. The practice started nearly 20 years ago in Taiwan and has become popular, especially in Asia. North America’s first cat café recently opened in New York City and we sent reporter Nadia Wilson to have a look.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti

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