All Wet In Washington, D.C.: A foster cat named Little Man is spraying all over the bathroom. His caretakers have tried many types of litter but the problem persists.
A Tipping Point? Sabrina, a 15-year-old cat in La Mesa, California is experiencing severe pain due to arthritis and has become ill-tempered. Her caretaker is seriously considering pet acupuncture. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Wild Horses” by Tim Reis
Once wild animals, cats and dogs are now family members and surrogate children. Some say they’re on the verge of becoming legal persons. How did this happen? The answer to that and other questions about today's interactions between pets and people can be found in the new book Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs. We speak with its author, award-winning journalist David Grimm.
One Of These Is Not Like The Other: In a Washington, D.C. household there are two cats: Charlie, who is at a healthy weight, and Tie, who is overweight and inactive. They are used to eating together and won't eat without the other. Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society helps the owner find the best way to control the weight of one without affecting the weight of the other.
Car Trouble? Murphy is a recently rescued dog in Alexandria, Virginia who loves to ride, but barks and has shaking fits when the riding stops.
Kitty Contagious? A woman in Arlington, Virginia is wondering if one of her cats, which was treated for pneumonia and chlamydia, is a health risk to her second cat. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker
Recent studies released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Stanford University give a more detailed picture of the harmful effects of the largest marine spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Lee Crockett, director of U.S. Oceans for the Pew Charitable Trusts describes key points of the research and what happened to a wide variety of gulf coast wildlife.
Expert Birding in Your Backyard: For bird watchers, Christmas comes in the month of May - the most wonderful time of the year to watch millions of birds as they fly north for the summer. We visit the backyard of expert birder, illustrator and author Jonathan Alderfer, using a few pages from his book, the National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America as a guide to enjoying the annual spring migration from the comfort of home.
Music: “Madeira River” and “Maculele Marimba” by Uakti
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.
Aquaponics is a revolutionary method of agriculture using much less space, water and chemicals than land based farming. The process isn’t new but because of cultural and economic complications it's been slow to gain traction in Africa. However, one entrepreneur in Uganda thinks he's finally hit on a winning formula. Jon Miller from PRI’s The World traveled to the east African nation to learn more about this promising development.
Fish Tank King: There are about 13 million households in the United States that have some sort of fish living in them. And if that includes your home, Jose Blanco, one of the subjects of the NatGeo Wild TV program Fish Tank Kings is your kind of guy. Jose tells us about the show and shares useful tips for fish lovers.
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
Two of America’s largest pet supply retailers made a surprising decision to discontinue the sale of Chinese manufactured pet treats this week. Washington Post reporter Lenny Bernstein covered the story and shares details.
Dinosaur Detective: The recent discovery of bones from what is being called the biggest dinosaur on the planet has drawn new attention to the ancient creatures. And although the study of bones via paleontology can prove the existence of ancient animals, only ichnology – the study of tracks and trace fossils – can reveal details about how they lived. Leading ichnologist Anthony J. Martin joins us to discuss his work and a new book Dinosaurs Without Bones.
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
Sam Litzinger visits the Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center, which introduces elementary and middle school students to stewardship of the natural resources in the Potomac River watershed and the legacy of farming in southern Maryland.
The Animal House Dateline: A new study uncovers widespread illegal fishing; good news for Asian bears used for bile extraction.
The Loh Down on Science: "Feline Overlords" – Does your cat recognize your voice? Does it care about voices at all? Music: “Madiera"; “The Turning Point” by Uakti