Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice to a New York woman who wants to employ a unique adjustment to her feline’s meal plan. In Virginia, a man is looking for ways to help his recently adopted and very shy cat adjust to its new home.
Researchers in Maryland have discovered that outdoor cats are responsible for spreading a parasite that is possibly linked to brain infections and loss of cognitive function. We hear details of the new study from its co-author, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute in Chevy Chase, Md. We also speak with Allison Cardona of the ASPCA about the organization’s new animal hoarder and intervention program.
Dr. Gary Weitzman counsels a Delaware man whose cat has become inexplicably underweight. A woman in the nation’s capital has just moved her feline’s feeding station and litter box to a new location and wants advice on helping the animal adjust to the venue change.
Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Mack the Knife” by Louis Armstrong
Honey bees are dying by the billions, and some say they are on the brink of extinction. Scientists aren’t sure why. And because the insect is responsible for pollinating the plants that make up nearly a third of our diet, severe economic and environmental implications are looming. The global effort to address the problem includes a plan to repopulate the species. To learn more about this, we speak with Brandon Hopkins, a Washington State University researcher who is working on the revolutionary project. German filmmaker Markus Imhoof unveils his new documentary "More Than Honey," which gives viewers an unprecedented look into the lives of honey bees in their natural habitat and as they interact with humans around the world.
Music: “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Wynton Marsalis and the Eastman Wind Ensemble
Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society has a solution Washington, D.C., dog’s fabric obsession. A Maryland woman discovered her pit bull has a heart condition and is seeking ways to keep the dog safe and healthy. We also hear BirdNote, our weekly journal of avian species.
A rash of encounters with alligators in public areas of New York State - 20 in the past 5 months - has wildlife officials concerned and looking for explanations. We speak with Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk County SPCA for his assessment. We also find out how author and animal behavior expert Mieshelle Nagelschneider earned her nickname “The Cat Whisperer", which is also the title of the new book she co-wrote with Cameron Powell.
Music: “Kari” by Bob James and Earl Klugh; "Paru River" by Uakti; "Half Life" by Imogen Heap
A Virginia woman asks Dr. Weitzman for his view on the question of indoor cats and rabies vaccination. A California man needs help convincing his dog to use a “potty patch." And a Maryland cat is creating a carpet crisis, and its human companions are desperate for a solution.
Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Will You Be There” (from “Free Willy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”) by Michael Jackson
Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society advises a Virginia woman who is planning to fly with her pooch. A Maryland family returned from vacation to find their Cockatiel had developed strange feeding habits. Exotic animal vet Dr. Scott Stahl assists Weitzman in the search for an explanation. And a San Diego woman is concerned about her dog’s exposure to pesticide.
The San Antonio Zoo was the site of a rare wildlife event recently when a two-headed Texas river cooter turtle hatched on June 18. We hear the details from the zoo’s reptile curator Craig Pelke. We also spend a few minutes discussing new trends in animal rescue, with the man widely regarded as the "father of the no-kill animal shelter movement” Rich Avanzino.
Music: “Kari” by Bob James and Earl Klugh; “Happy Together” by The Turtles