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 26, 2014 5:28pm

    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 regimen 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

  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 5:12pm

    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

  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 5:02pm

    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

  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 4:46pm

    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

  • 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