Litter Box Crisis: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society hears the story of a 12-year-old cat in Virginia who refuses to use its litter box. “Schizo” Collie: In Maryland, a Border Collie mix has moments of snarling and snapping mixed with happiness, leaving its family very confused. How to Stop “Cat Scratching”: One of two cats in a Maryland home has developed skin irritation by scratching at small wound. Is there a way to prevent her from aggravating it? Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker.
Recently, western wild horse overpopulation has been characterized as a multimillion dollar headache for a federal government agency, which is so desperate for a solution that it is now reaching out to the general public for help. Washington Post reporter Lenny Bernstein has been covering this story and he tells us what he knows.
Horses of Assateague: The historical and biological significance of the 300 feral, free-roaming horses living on Maryland’s Assateague Island has recently taken a back seat to the concerns of scientists who want to limit the iconic animal’s numbers. They say it will lessen the serious impact the horses are having on the island’s ecology. WAMU 88.5 reporter Brain Russo visited the picturesque area for a first-hand account of this complex situation. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti
A woman in Georgia is trying to understand the unique routine her feline exhibits after using the litter box. In Washington, D.C., a pitbull’s companion needs help finding a new home for the canine Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “The Squid” by Mezzoforte. Special thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker.
You can see that disclaimer at the end of any film that uses animals on camera. But a recent investigation by the Hollywood Reporter’s Gary Baum suggests that what actually happens is something quite different. Baum joins us with details about what he found out.
Fukushima Fish: Nearly three years after the meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power station, the fear that fish and other marine life carry radioactive contamination persists. However, many scientists in California and Oregon have research that tells a different story. We get the details in a report from Ashley Ahearn of the public media collective EarthFix.
Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society hears the concerns of a Washington, D.C., woman whose cat has an unusual way of showing affection. A Virginia woman asks for advice in preparation for moving her 13-year-old cat across the country. Dr. Jeff Werber, founder of the Century Veterinary Group in Los Angeles and an expert on long distance pet transportation, joins the conversation. Also in D.C., a Golden Retriever named Duke has abandoned his usually calm demeanor and now barks constantly, leaving his companions with a sense of urgency in the search for a solution. We also hear BirdNote, our weekly review of avian species. Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit. Special thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker
Kevin Shea, U.S. Department of Agriculture's new administrator of Animal and Plant health Inspection Service, made big news with the institution of rules that will restrict the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits via phone, email and the Internet. Non-retail pet sales are a primary source of revenue for large-scale, commercial-breeding operations known as puppy mills, which are often associated with animal mistreatment. We speak to Shea about the intent and implications of the new regulations.
China Crisis: There is growing concern among scientists that many of the 1 billion hogs raised on commercial farms in the world’s most populous country carry diseases that are resistant to antibiotics. The alarming implications of this development are at the heart of a report from Ruth Morris of PRI’s "The World." Music: “Madeira River” and “Arrumcao” by Uakti
Brian Balik's Twitter page says he's a Wildlife Surveyor, Student, Park Authority Employee and Camera-Trapper. But there is more to that description than meets the eye - Balik is also an innovative practitioner of wildlife photography. We survey a few of the numerous, surprising and revealing places where his cameras reside.
The Wild Life Outside Your Door:City Wildlife is a pioneering, inspirational and mostly volunteer effort dedicated to keeping wild animals out of harm's way in the nation's capitol. C.W. has rescued and rehabilitated hundreds that are usually injured or lost within the city limits. The organization's success has other urban areas in the U.S. following the example. We spend a few minutes with Anne Lewis, who helped to start City Wildlife in 2008.
Don't Create Me In: Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society hears the case of a 2 year old Springer Spaniel in Easton, MD who is very well-behaved, except when she has to use the crate. That's when the growling and biting begins.
A Twist of Fate:A Virgina woman has a male German Shepherd who was perfectly house broken until she remolded her home.
In the first of a series of reports from the U.S. commonwealth, we examine the widespread problem of "satos" or stray dogs, (there are thousands on them living on the island) following the tireless efforts of volunteers who rescue and prepare animals for eventual adoption in the United States.
P.T. for Pets:Once exclusive to human medicine, physical therapy is crossing over into the canine world. Beverly Amsler of Radio IQ visits a veterinary treatment center that employs the practice.