The Animal House on RADIO IQ

Saturdays at 4:00 pm on RADIO IQ
Sam Litzinger, Gary Weitzman - DVM

The Animal House is a weekly discussion that explores the latest in animal science, pet behavior, and wildlife conservation. We hope to deepen human understanding of animals and explain the powerful bonds that link us to the animal world. Our goal is to be fun, substantive, and appealing to a broad audience -- both those with pets and those without them.

The Animal House will go from the bat caves of northern Virginia to the big game reserves of Botswana as we discuss the latest in animal-related news. And each week, you can count on expert advice about all your pet-related questions from Dr. Gary Weitzman, veterinarian and executive director of the Washington Animal Rescue League.

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Program Headlines

  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 5:28pm

    Pet Protection: A caller from Reston, Virginia is seeking advice about Rocky, a German Shepherd that attracted ticks during a hike. The dog has received preventative treatment but the caretaker wants to be certain that there isn’t any residual danger. Dr. David Gaines, an entomologist with Virginia State Public Health, joins the discussion. Tricky Teeth Cleaning: In Washington, D.C., 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

  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 5:12pm

    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. Lewbart 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 North America’s biggest 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.

  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 5:02pm

    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, Maryland that 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 D.C. cat has begun to substitute an indoor rug for a litter box, without apparent provocation. The pet’s caretaker is expecting a child of her own, 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

  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 4:46pm

    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

  • Saturday, July 12, 2014 5:28pm

    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