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Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 2, 2014

Preparing for a New Arrival: A Washington, D.C. couple expecting its first baby wants to be sure the family cat isn’t going to be a problem. Rivi Mayer, founder of The Cat Welfare Society of Israel and co-author of the book Pregnancies, Babies and Cats -The Practical Guides for Cat Lovers joins us from Tel-Aviv with expert advice.

Panicky Eater: A family in Charlottesville, Virginia wants a solution for their cat’s poor behavior at feeding time.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Run Like an Antelope” by Phish

Flight Of The ZomBees

Flight Of The ZomBees

August 2, 2014

There is an inter-species stealth war taking place in the insect world, in which a certain type of fly is turning honey bees into ZomBees. The San Francisco State University professor who discovered this unusual occurrence, John Hafernick, talks about the implications.

Welcome To The Jungle: The NatGeo Wild television network has a new mini-series that features unusual encounters with wildlife in some of the world’s largest cities. The show, Urban Jungle, includes film of a snake slithering from a toilet in Thailand, rats running rampant throughout Manhattan’s subway system, leopards hunting stray dogs on the streets of downtown Mumbai, millions of bats living under a busy bridge crossing in Austin, Texas and bears hibernating under homes in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. We get a preview from the program's host, legendary outdoorsman and big cat tracker Boone Smith, who told us how this adventure represents a significant departure from his previous work.

Music: “ “Verdi’s Va Pensiero” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 2, 2014

Finding the Right Companion: A Washington, D.C. man who is considering getting a second cat for his “very social” Siamese-Ragdoll mix, seeks advice on choosing a suitable companion. Younger or older? Male or female? Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice.

…And Finding a Cure for Loneliness: A Rottweiler puppy in Stafford, Virginia appears to be suffering from separation anxiety.

Car Crazy: An adopted 5-year-old Maltese in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is obsessed with passing automobiles which leads to hysteria for the dog and its caretaker during walks. Is it time for a trainer?

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

Congress Works To Improve Conditions In Poultry Farms

Congress Works To Improve Conditions In Poultry Farms

August 2, 2014

Sixty-eight lawmakers are urging the Obama Administration to strengthen regulations for poultry farms, citing statistics that reveal inhumane treatment of hundreds of thousands of chickens. We learn more about the effort from Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia, who co-chairs the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.

Saving the Greater Sage Grouse: The Endangered Species Act has proven to be an effective tool for protecting many threatened animals since it was established in 1973. Right now there are nearly 1,400 species on the Endangered Species List and more than 40 that are waiting to be added, including The Greater Sage Grouse. But this distinctive bird of the western U.S. could be running out of time.

Music: “Madeira River” & “Maculele Marimba” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

July 26, 2014

Unhealthy Appetite: In Greenbelt, MD an elderly cat named Molly has recently developed Pica, which is an eating disorder characterized by cravings for non-food items. Her caretaker is worried about the effect of the condition on the feline’s health.

Diet Difficulty: A couple in San Diego, CA have put their cat Ellie on a weight loss regimen with unsuccessful results. What’s the next step?

A Cat's Unfortunate Magic Trick: A Washington DC feline named Magellan has changed the bathtub into a litter box.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Stanley The Parrot” by Kiss

Bringing Animals and People Together With a Gentle Touch

Bringing Animals and People Together With a Gentle Touch

July 26, 2014

Since 1999 The Gentle Barn animal sanctuary has been a life-saving respite for thousands of animals and a safe haven for many at-risk teens and special needs children. We speak with the southern California non-profit's founder, Ellie Laks who has written a new book, My Gentle Barn, which weaves together the story of her personal journey and how the Barn came to be the highly regarded institution it is today.

Priscilla Presley on the Controversial Practice of Horse Soaring: The Tennessee Walking Horse is a breed originally developed in the southern united states more than one hundred years ago. Today, its a popular show horse known for its distinctive gait. “The Tennessee Walker” is also at the center of a major controversy involving horse soring, which many have called cruel and inhumane. One of the leading voices against the practice is actress Priscilla Presley. She speaks to Wayne Pacelle about her recent visit to Washington DC to gain congressional support of a bill that seeks to ban horse soaring.

Music: “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Elvis Presley

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

July 26, 2014

Feline Family Reunion: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society follows up with a listener who was reunited with missing cat thanks to another listener who found the pet.

CohaBatation: A Woman and her husband recently purchased a residence in Florida that needs repairs. The new owners want to fix things without disturbing the colony of bats that also occupy the home. Jeff Gore, wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers advice.

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

Priscilla Presley Stands Up For Animals

Priscilla Presley Stands Up For Animals

July 26, 2014

Priscilla recently spoke with Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States about her current work protecting horses, homeless pets and farm animals, her legendary former husband and the roots of her advocacy.

U.S. Senate Takes On Important Pet Project A new bill in the U.S. Senate aims to make it easier and cheaper to purchase prescription medication for companion animals. One of the two senators involved in the effort, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, speaks to us about the plan.

Music: “Madeira River” & “Arrumcao” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

July 19, 2014

Pet Protection: A caller from Reston, Virginia is seeking advice about Rocky, a German Shepherd that attracted ticks during a hike. The dog has received preventative treatment but the caretaker wants to be certain that there isn’t any residual danger. Dr. David Gaines, an entomologist with Virginia State Public Health, joins the discussion.

Tricky Teeth Cleaning: In Washington, D.C., a rescue cat that was transported from Lebanon suffers from an unusually high level of a liver enzyme (ALT), which could add significant complications to regular dental work. Are the risks worth the rewards of good dental hygiene?

Music: “Purus River” & “Seahorse” by Devendra Banhart

Saving Pet Fish With Surgery

Saving Pet Fish With Surgery

July 19, 2014

You added a Blue Gourami to your aquarium and now its sick. Greg Lewbart of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine is one of a growing number of vets who take on the extremely delicate job of performing life-saving operations on aquarium fish. Lewbart talks about his pioneering use of surgery to improve the health of aquatic species.

All Eyes On A South American Bird: Dr. Emma Grieg of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology tells us how average citizens can participate in a new study that seeks to explain the behavior of the Monk Parakeet, which has flown into the center a wildlife controversy because of the peculiar places it chooses for nests in North America’s biggest cities.

The Animal House Dateline: We hear about a lone wolf who covered hundreds of miles and two states to find a new mate; the state of New Jersey takes bold steps to combat the illegal trade of elephant ivory.

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