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.
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.
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
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.
Winding Up When the Sun Goes Down: In Vienna, Virginia, a rescue dog named Missy becomes anxious and fidgety, but only at night. Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society has suggestions for winding Missy down.
A Surprise Visitor to the Bird Feeder: A wild turkey is regularly eating the food a Virginia woman puts in her garden feeder. We asked The Nature Conservancy’s Greg Meade to offer advice. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker
We visit Our Ocean 2014, a U.S. State Department conference headed by John Kerry. The two-day gathering drew the participation of numerous influential advocates for the protection of the world’s oceans and marine life, resulting in $1.8 billion in pledges from government and private sources. The Secretary of State was joined at various times by TV host Katie Couric, actor Leonardo DiCaprio - whose foundation pledged $7 million - and President Barack Obama, who made a major announcement about expanded protections in the Pacific Ocean
Saving Tuna in the South Pacific Shannon Service of PRI’S The World travels to Palau to hear the stories of conservationists, local residents and commercial fishermen who are at odds over the right to fish in the waters surrounding the island nation. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti;
Fish's Head Takes the Lion’s Share: A lion-head fish in Washington, D.C. can’t eat because of an enlarged head that prevents it from seeing food. Dr. Brad Krohn, department chair of veterinary technology at Portland (Oregon) Community College offers a solution.
Rottweiler Relief: In Alexandria, Virginia, a 3-year-old dog’s companion seeks suggestions for treating valley fever fungus.
Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Fireflies” by Owl City
Brian Balik's Twitter page says he's a wildlife surveyor, student, park authority employee and camera-trapper. But there is more to that description than meets the eye. Balik is also an innovative wildlife photographer. We survey a few of the surprising places where his cameras reside and what they reveal.
The Animal House Dateline: Pet owners have a new way to find lost animals. Peter Gabriel and Jane Goodall team up in an effort to stop airline transport of laboratory monkeys. Bones of the largest dinosaur on record are discovered in South America.
Spooked By a Skunk: Dr. Katy Nelson, host of The Pet Show on DC'S News Channel 8, sits in for vacationing Dr. Gary Weitzman as she takes on the case of Kongo and Jeeves, two formerly outdoor cats in Herndon, Virginia that had a recent run in with a skunk.
TV Training: In Rockville, Maryland, a dog named Breitling has a habit of barking incessantly at the TV, particularly when there is a dog on the screen.
Plant Eating Puppy: A frustrated gardener in Washington, D.C. wants to get rid of a 10-month-old yellow lab that destroys whatever she plants in the garden. Dr. Katy has a better idea.
Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker:
California’s central valley is a critical stopping point for millions of migrating shorebirds on the Western route. But the worst drought in the state’s history is preventing the birds from having the water they need for a journey that lasts thousands of miles. Capital Public Radio’s Amy Quinton has a story about a novel partnership between environmentalists and local farmers that could provide a solution to the problem.
A New BLUEPrint For The National Aquarium: There are major changes taking place at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. John Racanelli, the facility’s president and CEO, talks about new plans that will likely impact the future of aquariums worldwide.