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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.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

July 5, 2014

A Second Opinion: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society takes on the case of Riley, an 11-year-old yellow lab in Arlington, Virginia. Riley has a bladder tumor and his caretaker was advised to seek an alternative to chemotherapy for treatment. Dr. Weitzman has suggestions.

Cat Fighting for Attention? In Rehoboth, Delaware, a new kitten has joined a household with three other cats. The new arrival gets along fine with the others, but its presence causes the other cats to fight each other.

Do's and Dont's of Drug Therapy: A woman in Bonita, California has been treating Indy, her 5-year-old collie, with a custom-made cannabis preparation to treat epileptic seizures. The treatments have been successful but the woman wants some wants advice on drug’s continued use.

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

Chihuahua Crisis

Chihuahua Crisis

July 5, 2014

Chihuahuas, the diminutive and seemingly loveable canine breed, are at the center of serious accusations by residents of a Phoenix, Ariz., suburb who say they’re being “terrorized” by packs of the roaming dogs. Melissa Gable of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in Arizona sheds light on a story that has made international headlines.

Operation Chihuahua: The escalating problem of abandoned and homeless Chihuahuas in California inspired animal control workers in San Francisco and a major airline to devise a novel partnership in order to find new homes for the animals.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti; "The Cha-Cha Chihuahua Song."

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

June 28, 2014

Finding the Right Prescription:A 15-year-old Lhasa Apso named Tiffany has been coughing since last November. Her caretakers have tried antibiotics to no avail.

A New Arrival Creates a Kitty Hissy Fit: A cat named Doll Face hisses when a recently added foster, Cassie, comes near.

Getting the Right Diagnosis:In Washington, D.C. a family puppy had an illness that was initially diagnosed as auto-immune disease.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “The Squid” by Mezzoforte

Riding Along With Animal Control And The Washington Humane Society

Riding Along With Animal Control And The Washington Humane Society

June 28, 2014

The Animal Care and Control Officers of the Washington Humane Society have jobs that cover 7 days, 24 hours and 68 square miles of unpredictable encounters with a wide variety of pets and wildlife. But helping animals in need is only part of the responsibility. WAMU's Metro Connection reporter Lauren Landau rode along with several officers to learn more about the complex and challenging nature of their work.

The Loh Down on Science with Sandra Tsing- Loh: Examining the highly organized and thoughtful behavior of ants.

Music: “Madiera"; “The Turning Point” by Uakti;

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

June 28, 2014

Trying to Retrieve a Lab’s Discipline: Dr. Katy Nelson, host of The Pet Show on DC'S News Channel 8 sits in for vacationing Dr. Gary Weitzman and hears the story of a 12-year-old lab/retriever in Washington, D.C. who has become more and more resistant to the leash and walks.

Follow the Leader: Certified professional dog trainer Jeni Grant helps the caretaker of a Virginia dog develop a plan to teach commands the pet will follow indoors.

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

The Amazing and Controversial Science of Horseshoe Crabs

The Amazing And Controversial Science Of Horseshoe Crabs

June 28, 2014

Important contributions to modern medicine by animal species are countless. For example, there is a good chance that you’ll find inside a typical medicine cabinet any number of medications that contain animal-derived ingredients. Before any drug is certified by the Federal Drug Administration, it must be tested using an extract derived from Horseshoe Crab blood. But the sea creature, which has been around for 400 million years, is now in the midst of a significant decline. We speak with Plymouth State University professor Dr. Christopher Chabot, a horseshoe crab expert who is working to find out what is causing the die-off and what can be done to stem or reverse the trend.

Bionic Pets: The use of prosthetics has a long history of human application, but now caretakers of pets and wildlife are turning to prosthesis as an option for animals that suffer debilitating injuries or a severe lack of mobility. The new PBS/Nature documentary My Bionic Pet chronicles this growing trend. We speak with the film’s award-winning director Kevin Bechar.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

June 21, 2014

A Neutering Nightmare: In Ocean City, Maryland, a 5-year-old golden retriever was on the receiving end of an inadequate neuter procedure, resulting in a $1,200 surgery bill. Dr. Weitzman helps the dog's companion with the next step.

Trouble For a Not-So-Picky Eater: A Washington, D.C. cat named Reginald eats string and other things off the ground, causing him to have uncomfortable intestinal issues. What's the best way to help Reg be more selective about his diet?

Vet Phobia: In Kensington, Maryland, a cat named Beren has to be anesthetized before any veterinarian examination. Is this normal? Is it time to change doctors?

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “El Condor Pasa” by Los Jaivas

Birds And Buildings

Birds And Buildings

June 21, 2014

A few weeks ago a Cooper’s Hawk collided with the building that houses WAMU 88.5's new media center in Washington, D.C., where we produce The Animal House. We immediately checked on the condition of the hawk and the person who witnessed the hawk, our web designer Carrie Moskal; both survived, briefly stunned. After watching the bird fly away a few minutes later, we began looking into how often this happens in other places. The numbers are astronomical. Tens of millions, possibly billions, of birds die every year after accidentally flying into homes and offices across North America. Producer Natalie Yuravlivker spoke with three researchers who are studying the causes of, and possible solutions to, this growing problem. For information about what you can do to minimize bird collisions, click here.

Wild West Showdown for the Sage-Grouse: Washington Post reporter Reid H. Wilson discusses the high stakes and escalating friction between environmentalists, government officials and billion dollar business interests over the proposed addition of a western bird, the sage-grouse, to the Endangered Species List.

Music: “The Turning Point” by Uakti;