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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, 2014-09-20 17:28

Pooped-Out Pooch Parents: Two Chihuahua-Jack Russell mixes are using their entire Virginia house for bowel relief; their caretaker reaches out to Dr. Gary for relief from this uncomfortable situation. Bridging the Gap: A Tennessee woman adopted a cat from a shelter, and a stray cat that has adopted her. Both are outdoor cats, have different food and water, but they can't get along. What's next? Should she take the stray to a shelter? Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “The Squid” by Mezzoforte

Coral Communication

Sat, 2014-09-20 17:12

The fact that the world’s coral reefs are endangered is common knowledge among scientists and conservationists. A recent discovery reveals a silver lining within this troubling situation. Beetle Juice: Sandra Tsing Loh of The Loh Down on Science tells the story of an insect’s unusual defense mechanism. Law Enforcement Steps Up Fight Against Animal Cruelty: Wayne Pacelle of The Humane Society of the United States has new information about the FBI’s new focus on the connection between crimes against people and the mistreatment of companion animals. 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. Music: “Ária Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras nº5 - 29” by Uakti Production Assistance: Natalie Yuravlivker, Roslyn Kufour and Meghan Modafferi

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-09-20 17:02

A Mouth-Watering Experience: In Silver Spring, MD a terrier mix named Lulu drools and her caretakers think it’s anxiety related. Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice. Addressing Canine Arthritis: A Man in Chevy Chase, MD has an Akita that suffers from arthritis and seeks advice. We connected him with renowned canine aging expert, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Director of Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Production Assistance: Natalie Yuravlivker, Roslyn Kufour and Meghan Modafferi.

U.S. Senate Takes On Important Pet Project

Sat, 2014-09-20 16:46

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, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, speaks to us about the plan. Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs Once wild animals, they are now family members and surrogate children. Some say they’re on the verge of becoming legal persons. How did this happen? The answer to that and other questions pertaining to the present-day interactions between pets and people can be found in the new book Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs. We speak with the author, award-winning journalist David Grimm Music: “Madeira River” and “Mountain” by Uakti

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.