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The Animal House is a weekly discussion that explores the latest in animal science, pet behavior, and wildlife conservation.
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Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-07-26 17:28

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 diet 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

Sat, 2014-07-26 17:12

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

Sat, 2014-07-26 17:02

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

Sat, 2014-07-26 16:46

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

Sat, 2014-07-19 17:28

Pet Protection: A call from Reston, VA introduces Rocky, a German Shepherd that has attracted ticks while hiking. The dog has received preventative treatment but the caretaker wants to be certain that there isn’t any residual danger. Dr. David Gaines, Virginia State Public Health entomologist joins the discussion. Tricky Teeth Cleaning: In Washington DC 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

Sat, 2014-07-19 17:12

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. Dr. Greg 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 several of North America’s big 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.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Sat, 2014-07-19 17:02

Future Prospects for A Feline? – Dr. Katy Nelson, host of The Pet Show on DC'S News Channel 8 takes on the case of Hopewell, a 10 month old cat in Silver Spring, MD who has two broken femurs. The vet recommends surgery and the caretaker wants to know the long-term prognosis for this condition. Spoiling the Joy Of A New Arrival: A Washington, DC cat has begun to substitute an indoor rug for a litter box, without apparent provocation. The pet’s caretaker is expecting, which makes this an uncomfortable situation. Tips For Avoiding A Potential Dog/Cat Conflict: A woman in the nation’s capital is planning a move with her 8-year old rescue cat to an apartment that already has a dog. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Icon of the American West at the Crossroads

Sat, 2014-07-19 16:46

Wild horse overpopulation in the western U.S. is generating such an outpouring of public response that there are some who suggest the reaction rivals the polarized discourse during the Vietnam War. And the issue has become a multi-million dollar headache for the federal government, which is desperate for a long term solution. We get a comprehensive read on this complex situation from reporter Lenny Bernstein, who has been covering this story for the Washington Post and filmmaker Sylvia Johnson who chronicled the thorny mix of conservation and controversy in her new documentary Roaming Wild. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti