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Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

October 11, 2014

Helping a Feline Find the Box: Dr. Katy Nelson helps a Baltimore cat named Johnny who is disregarding the litter box when seeking relief.

Using Flea Preventative For Bedbugs? A man in Norwich, New York, recently discovered he had a bed bug infestation and he wants to know if Frontline will protect his cat. Bed bug expert Dr. Catherine Loudon of the University of California, Irvine, offers advice.

Fruit Bats And Ebola

Fruit Bats And Ebola

October 11, 2014

Scientists tracking the aggressive spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa have uncovered a relationship to common species of bat. Marco Werman of PRI’s The World learns more about the connection from Dr. DeeAnn Reeder, a professor of biology at Bucknell University.

Fold The Flock: More than 100 years ago, the world said goodbye to its last passenger pigeon. But this year, a new global art project is using origami to memorialize the lost species and encourage new conservation efforts. We find out more about The Passenger Pigeon Origami Project, from Andrew Stern of the Lost Bird Project.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

October 4, 2014

A Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On: In Nashville, Tennessee, a 16-month-old bloodhound puppy named Turbo shakes when it is standing still.

What’s In a Nose? Linus, a 2-year-old cat in Laurel, Maryland, has recently moved past simple sneezing to the blowing of his nose, followed by pawing and shaking his head violently. Dr. Gary becomes a detective to find the cause of this unusual behavior.

Difficulty with Domestication: A Maryland woman rescued a cat from the side of a road. Despite living with her for 3 years, Felix the feline is still showing signs of being feral. How can she tell if the cat is actually feral?

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Reverie of the Tapir” by William Orbit

 Animals And Their 'Amazing Grace'

Animals And Their 'Amazing Grace'

October 4, 2014

Animal House producer Natalie Yuravlivker visits St. Luke's Episcopal in Bethesda, Md., one of thousands of churches around the world that take part in an annual ceremony known as the “Blessing of the Animals." The ceremony honors St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Salmon in the waters of the Pacific Northwest may soon have a safer way to spawn thanks to a new technology that’s helping to transport hatchery fish in the state of Washington . Courtney Flatt of Northwest Public Radio has the story of the Salmon Cannon, followed by The Loh Down on Science with Sandra Tsing Loh.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

October 4, 2014

Urban Wildlife Rescue: A Washington, D.C., woman wants to know what she should do after seeing an injured wild animal in her neighborhood. Scott Giacioppo, vice president of external affairs at the Washington Humane Society, joins Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society to offer assistance.

Curtailing the Energy of an Injured Canine: A recently adopted Dachshund in the nation’s capital has Luxating Patella (floating kneecap), which means he's not supposed to run around much.The dog, however, is rather energetic and difficult to contain.

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

Losing Numbers

Losing Numbers

October 4, 2014

A new 180-page study of our planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and natural resources reveals a dramatic shift in the world’s wildlife populations. The findings of World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet report hit scientists and conservationists like a worldwide seismic shock. We asked WWF’s Keya Chatterjee for an overview.

Falling Leaves, Pet Allergies Rising: The change in weather delivers an increase in health concerns for pets. Veterinary allergy expert Dr. Heather Loenser tells you what to look for and how help keep pets healthy.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

September 27, 2014

Dog's Behavior is Not a Walk in the Park: Hershey, a 7-year-old dog, recently moved to Virginia from an area that did not have a lot of dogs. Now, on walks, Hershey encounters many dogs and reacts by aggressively barking. Is this a behavioral issue or one of stress prompted by a new environment?

Shock Trauma: Ziggy, an 8-year-old dog in Reston, Virginia, was trained using a "shock collar" that emitted a high-pitched warning sound. Now that Ziggy's family has moved into an apartment, the fire alarm and dishwasher are making similar sounds that are exciting the dog.

Symptom of Aging? In Bartlesville, Oklahoma, a 12-year-old lab mix named Gracie has lots of energy but her hind limbs have recently been shaking. She was prescribed aspirin from the vet but may be showing signs of arthritis.

Music: “Purus River”; "Almak" by Uakti;

Cricket Fever

Cricket Fever

September 27, 2014

There are 900 species of the pesky, polarizing insect; several have recently hopped into boldface status. Entomolgist Holly Menninger, director of public science for Your Wild Life in the department of biological sciences at North Carolina State University, explains the appearance of an invasive and omnivorous Asian Camel Cricket in surprisingly large numbers throughout the eastern U.S. Washington Post editor Matt McFarland follows the story of North America’s burgeoning cricket culinary economy.

An Iconic Australian Species Faces a Serious Threat: Ari Daniel of PBS’ NOVA and PRI’s The World travel to Brisbane to learn more about a deadly circumstance that is pushing the Koala to the brink of extinction.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

September 27, 2014

Pet Oncology: Lola, a 10-year-old golden retriever in Alexandria, Virginia, was diagnosed with a malignant lung tumor. It was removed, however, the vet suggested chemo to prevent recurrence. Now, her caretaker wants a second opinion. Dr. Gary Weiztman of the San Diego Humane Society and Sue Ettinger, a board certified oncologist at Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, New York, offer suggestions.

Night “Owls”: Ami and Mooch, two "sister cats" in San Diego, California, like to play in the middle of the night, but it's affecting their owner's sleep.

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

Protecting an African Great Ape

Protecting An African Great Ape

September 27, 2014

Chimpanzees have long been compared to people because of their intelligence. But scientists say another species, the bonobo, is more closely related to humans. Known also for their distinctive culture and laid-back nature, bonobos are facing troubling prospects in their native Congo. For more than a decade, a Washington, D.C. organization, Bonobo Conservation Initiative, has used a grassroots approach to build global awareness and support for bonobos. We have a story about the work of BCI and its founder Sally Jewell Coxe, affectionately known as “Mama Bonobo.”

Banner Day For Blue Fin: A legacy of commercial fishing practices have reduced the world’s population of Atlantic bluefin tuna to a fraction of historic levels. A new policy aims to reverse the trend by balancing the needs of fishermen with increased efforts to protect the threatened fish. We asked Lee Crockett of Pew Charitable Trusts’ ocean conservation unit to explain the details.

Music: “Madeira River” and “Maculele” by Uakti;