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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, 2014-09-13 17:28

A Turtle’s Appetite: A red-eared slider turtle has lost interest in his favorite treat. Katrina Smith of the Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society gives us clues as to why. Feline Indigestion:In Mountain View, CA there is a 14-year old cat with an inexplicably sensitive stomach. What can cause indigestion in cats? Greyhound Slowed Down: Stuck with a constantly swollen toe, a Washington, DC greyhound is not sure how to heal.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-09-13 17:02

Dog Seizures: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society fields a question from Andrews Air Force Base about canine seizures and MRIs. Four-Legged Houdini: A Bealeton, VA woman struggles to keep her escape artist dogs in the yard, despite a chain-linked fence. Cat Box Battles: In Silver Spring, MD one dominant cat refuses to share the litter box with his lesser kitty friends.

Reaching the Souls of Pets and Wildlife

Sat, 2014-09-13 17:02

Many people feel a deep connection with their pets and even with the wildlife that cross their path. That sense can come from interaction and observation alike. Vint Virga, an animal behavior specialist, has spent more than three decades observing the creatures he treats. He wrote about his experiences in The Soul of All Living Creatures, a 2014 Silver Nautilus award-winning book. We speak with Dr. Virga from Rhode Island Public Radio. May I Ask Who’s Calling? We learn to identify one of the most elusive animals in North America just by its distinctive call. Our guide is Courtney Flatt of Northwest Public Radio.

Rescuing African Elephants

Sat, 2014-09-13 16:46

To satisfy the global demand for ivory, poachers have killed more than 100,000 African elephants in the last three years alone. This staggering figure has inspired conservationists and politicians alike to buckle down on illegal animal harvesting. In kind, Wildlife Conservation Society has launched an investigation of poaching in Mozambique. We speak with Alistair Nelson, program director of the group’s Mozambique headquarters. Sounding the Alarm for Animal Control Officers:Animal safety is a rising priority in the Nation’s Capital, thanks to one member of the Washington DC City Council. Councilmember Mary Cheh proposed legislation to allow the use of sirens on animal control vehicles responding to emergencies. If the measure passes, WAMU’s Metro Connection reporter Lauren Landau says officers of the Washington Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control unit could benefit as much as the animals and people they serve.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-09-06 17:28

Thinking Outside The Box: An 8 year old tabby cat in Virginia has inexplicably started using the area outside of the litter box and its caretaker can’t figure out why. Dr. Weitzman has a few unusual but useful suggestions. Dental Do’s And Don’ts: In Washington, DC A 14-year old dog named Nina needs her teeth cleaned but the owner is terrified by the prospect of using anesthesia. Is there an alternative? Feline Tailspin: A cat in Bethesda, MD seems to be frightened of its own tail and has had several, self-inflicted injuries that have required surgery as a result. Music: “Purus River” & “Amazon River” by Uakti:

Finding Water For a Winged Migration

Sat, 2014-09-06 17:12

California’s central valley is a critical stopping point on the western route for millions of migrating shorebirds. However, 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. The Stigma of Grieving For a Deceased Pet: For some people, the death of a companion animal is comparable to losing a beloved family member. But they are reluctant to express grief to others, fearing a lack of understanding. More than 25 years ago social worker Kathy Reiter formed Virginia’s first support group to address the complex nature of pet bereavement; she has helped thousands of people since then. We speak with Kathy about her pioneering work. Music: “Madeira River” & “Calango em Pedra Quente” by Uakti.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-09-06 17:02

Raccoon Etiquette Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society fields a request for more information about the proper handling of a visit to a Washington DC home by a raccoon. Raymond Noll, director of Animal Control Field Services at the Washington Humane Society joins the conversation and offers advice. Cat Cohabitation A San Diego, CA woman wants to know the best way to expand her family of felines. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker