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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, 2014-07-12 17:28

Rules for Relocation? A Fairfax, VA woman asks Dr. Weitzman if there is a humane way to transplant semi-feral cats from one state to another. Making the Adjustment To a New Location: A 1 year old Yorkie-poo in Chevy Chase, MD is having difficulty with house training. Cause For Alarm? Doolin, a cat in Cabin John, MD has a small mass on its body and his caretaker wants to know if it’s connected to a heart condition. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “I Love My Dog” – by Cat Stevens

Beneath the Surface with Sylvia Earle

Sat, 2014-07-12 17:12

Ms. Earle is a distinguished oceanographer, National Geographic explorer – in residence and recipient of the TED prize. She talks to Sam Litzinger about her experiences and the urgent need to protect our oceans. An Endangered Fish Story With a Happy Ending: Recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made a big announcement that marks a significant milestone in wildlife conservation. Cassandra Profita of Oregon Public Radio’s EarthFix project tells the story of how an Oregon Minnow became the first fish to be removed from the Endangered Species List. The Animal House Dateline: We hear about an unusual and heartwarming friendship between a goat and a donkey and the discovery of an extraordinary animal migration in Africa. The Loh Down on Science With Sandra Tsing Loh: Alien Jaws: Why eels may be the weirdest fish in the sea.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-07-12 17:02

Sibling Rivalry: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society speaks with a woman in Harpers Ferry, WV who thinks her cat is jealous of the family dog. Using Chemistry To Calm a Canine’s Nerves: In Gaithersburg, MD a 4 year old dog named Freddy is afraid of everything and spends the day under the bed. His caretaker is considering Prozac as a solution. Decoding Duck Behavior: Chris Nicolai, migratory bird biologist and water fowl specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps Dr. Weitzman satisfy a listener’s curiosity about duck behavior in a La Cajon, CA pond Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Peru’s Love Affair With Hairless Dogs

Sat, 2014-07-12 16:46

Once considered undesirable, this unmistakably naked canine now rivals Peruvian royalty. Want one? It will cost you $1,000 inside the country and much more elsewhere. We hear the reasons behind the breed's popularity from Annie Murphy, who reports from Lima for PRI’s The World and its partner Radio Ambulante. What Happens to Animals When They Hear Music? New research adds more noise to the discussion of whether animals have a complex appreciation of notes and tones. Tufts University professor Ani Patel, author of the study, joins us with details. Music: “Madeira River” and “The Turning Point” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-07-05 17:28

Four’s a Crowd? A woman living with four cats in Washington, DC is considering moving into smaller space and wonders about the effect the relocation might have on the pets. New Rules for Relocation: In Maryland, an 11 month old Golden Retriever has difficulty adjusting to new surroundings and its caretaker seeks advice on the best way to prepare for an impending overseas move. Mark Botten, director of the pet travel agency Pet Express offers a few suggestions. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog

Falling Stars

Sat, 2014-07-05 17:12

Starfish living in Pacific waters from Mexico to Alaska are inexplicably dying by the thousands. Katie Campbell of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s EarthFix project dives in to chronicle the work of scientists who are struggling to find the reasons behind the deaths. DIY Grooming: Known as the star of Animal Planet’s reality show, "The Groomer Has It," Jorge Bendersky is an A-list pet care specialist whose clients include top models, notable actors, infamous billionaires and popular recording artists. Jorge shares a few “do it yourself” grooming tips that will make any pet ready for the red carpet. Music: "Verdi's Va Pensiero" by Uakti.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-07-05 17:02

A Second Opinion: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society takes on the case of Riley, an 11 year old yellow lab in Arlington,VA. Riley has a bladder tumor and his caretaker was advised to seek an alternative to chemotherapy for treatment. Dr. Weitzman has suggestions. Cat Fighting for Attention? In Rehoboth, DE a new kitten has joined a household with 3 other cats. The new arrival gets on fine with the others, but its presence causes the other cats to fight each other. Do's and Dont's of Drug Therapy: A woman in Bonita, CA has been treating Indy, her 5 year old collie, with a custom made cannabis preparation to treat epileptic seizures. The treatments have been successful but the woman wants some wants advice on drug’s the continued use. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Chihuahua Crisis

Sat, 2014-07-05 16:46

The diminutive and seemingly loveable canine breed is at the center of serious accusations by residents of a Phoenix, Ariz., suburb who say they’re being “terrorized” by packs of roaming Chihuahuas. Melissa Gable of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in Arizona sheds light on a story that has made international headlines. Operation Chihuahua: The escalating problem of abandoned and homeless Chihuahuas in California inspired animal control workers in San Francisco and a major airline to devise a novel partnership in order to find new homes for the animals. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti; "The Cha-Cha Chihuahua Song."