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, April 12, 2014 5:28pm

    Getting a “Jump” On a Cat’s Box Behavior: A Washington, D.C. feline stands up while using the litter box with messy results. Its caretaker wonders if getting a "jump-in" litter box will solve the problem. 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” – Kermit the Frog

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014 5:12pm

    There’s a tiny Japanese island with a troubling past that has undergone a remarkable transformation thanks to a large population of rabbits. Nina Porzucki of PRI’s The World tells us more. Helping Pets by Making Humans Smarter: Your Dog’s Friend, a nonprofit organization based in Rockville, Md., is dedicated to keeping dogs out of shelters by educating and supporting their humans. Producer Natalie Yuravlivker visited their free monthly adopter’s workshop to learn about the resources available to potential adopters and new pet companions.

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014 5:02pm

    Which Meds Are Best For My Cat? The keeper of a San Diego, CA feline seeks advice on choosing the proper medication for a respiratory ailment. Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society has a few suggestions. Group Therapy: A 6 year old Sharpei is showing unwelcome signs of aggressive behavior at the dog park. Can she learn how to play nice with other animals? A Reversal of Feline Fortune: Two cats who have lived together amicably in Virginia for 7 years have suddenly become unfriendly toward each other and their caretaker doesn't understand why. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014 4:46pm

    The question of euthanasia versus birth control is at the center of a serious disagreement about the welfare of various species of domestic and wild animals. Recent events involving giraffes and lions in a Danish zoo introduced another level of complexity and emotion to this ongoing debate. Laura Moss, an editor and writer for Mother Nature Network who has done a substantial amount of reporting on this issue, joins us to offer insight. Helping Animals and People with a Gentle Touch: 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 Ellie Laks, founder of the southern California nonprofit, who has written a new book, "My Gentle Barn," which weaves together the story of her personal journey and how the sanctuary came to be the highly regarded institution it is today. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 5:28pm

    Finding the Right Diagnosis: A 10 year old Golden Retriever in Virginia has arthritis, mobility issues, and a lump that her vet wants to remove. But how can one tell if a lump is cancerous or not? Odious and Odiferous: The caretaker of a 13 year old cat in Tennessee is concerned by a dramatic change in the feline’s body odor. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “So Long and Thanks For All the Fish” by Brian Taylor