Up To Date
2:42 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen: Preparing Your Pet For Cold Weather And The Holidays

Yellow Labrador Retriever
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Here comes cold weather. And here come the holidays. So it's probably a good time to have a conversation about how to prepare your dogs or cats for all this.

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Heartland Health Monitor
3:47 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Kansas Bioscience Firm Allows Euthanized Pets To Give One Last Gift

Blaire, a West Highland terrier, was 13 years old when her owners decided to put her down in early July.
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In early July, Robyn Zwolinski and her husband, Gene, decided it was time to put down their 13-year-old West Highland terrier, Blaire. The past few years had been hard for Blaire: she had lost her sight and had begun to develop cognitive canine dysfunction — a dog’s version of dementia.

The Zwolinskis contacted their vet, Vern Otte of Stateline Animal Hospital. Otte had seen them through the euthanization of several pets, and Robyn says they trusted him implicitly. Before coming into the hospital for the procedure, Otte called to ask Robyn a question that took her by surprise.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

What To Do If Your Pet Gets Hurt

Dr. Wayne Hunthausen joins Steve Kraske to talk about first aid for pets.
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When you burn your finger or get a gash on your leg, you know what to do—or at least where the first aid kit is. But what do you do if your pet gets injured?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen joins us to talk about first aid for your pets. We also take a look at what bandage you should use when Fido gets a cut and what to do when you can’t get Fluffy to the vet after an injury.


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Up to Date
9:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Talking Teeth, Pet-Style

Pet dentist Dr. Scott MaGee asks his patients to open wide.
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Cavity-free, pearly-white teeth have long been a status symbol—but how important is it to make sure your pet’s choppers are as pristine as yours?

On Monday's Up to Date, we’ll talk with  Wayne Hunthausen, DVM and veterinarian Scott MacGee who specializes in pet dentistry. We’ll find out just what’s normal for your pet's teeth and, as always, take questions about your companion animal's health and habits.


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Up to Date
3:22 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Veterinary Advice For Dealing With Badly Behaved Animals

Cats and other pets often behave in ways that mystify their owners.
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Fido’s making strange sounds, and Fluffy’s decided to carve your couch into a masterpiece with her claws. If all your solutions so far seem to be barking up the wrong tree, we’ve got another option for you.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, animal behavior expert and veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen joins us to answer your questions about pet behavior.


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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Adopting A Furry Friend

This dog was rescued from an animal shelter.
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Buying a cat or dog from a store isn’t your only option—pet adoption is growing more popular. However, taking in a rescue animal does present challenges. 

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Getting Comfort From Animals

Some young girls interact with a comfort dog from Lutheran Church Charities after the tornado in Moore, Okla.
Credit Lutheran Church Charities

Your pet always seems to know when you’re upset, and maybe you’ve noticed that cuddling with Fido or Fluffy makes you feel calmer

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Community Stories
11:59 am
Thu May 9, 2013

And The Most Popular Cat Name In Kansas Is... Kitty

Data compiled by Banfield Pet Hospitals indicates the most common cat name in Kansas (and the US) is Kitty.
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Kansans are rather unoriginal when it comes to naming their cats, the most popular name for felines in the state is Kitty.

Missourians are slightly more creative, and prideful. According to a report out Wednesday the most popular name for cats in the Show-Me state is Tiger.

The most popular name for dogs in both states is Bella, which is the most popular dog name in the country. Bella is most likely a Labrador Retriever or Chihuahua. 

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5:20 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Dressed-Up Doggies & Costumed Kitties

It may be cute, but is it safe to dress up your dog and bring him on your trick-or-treating adventure?

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Central Standard
1:16 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

How Animals Help Heal

Dale Smith and his dog Keegan, on their first backpacking trip post cancer treatment, in Piney Creek Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest

In 2007, Dale Smith was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the head and neck. Throughout his treatment, his pet dog Keegan, normally an energetic border collie, lay patiently by his side, waiting for Dale to get better.

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Up to Date
10:30 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Warm Weather & Your Pet, & A PET Scanner For Your...Pet.

A CAT scanner...for dogs.
Fresno Pet ER

An uncharacteristically mild winter has led to an unusually warm spring.  You probably packed up your winter coat early and started wearing sandals sometime last month. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Holiday Stress And Your Pets

Let’s face it, the holidays are stressful, between decorating the house, putting up the tree, throwing a party and out-of-town guests. It’s enough to push even the most well-behaved pet over the edge.  Hey, the holidays are not all about you, you know!

If your animal companion starts exhibiting unusual behavior this time of year, don’t despair. Tuesday on Up to DateDr. Wayne Hunthausen is back to discuss how to limit the negative effects of the holiday season on your pets.

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8:23 am
Fri July 2, 2010

Fourth Of July A Scary Time For Pets


Salina, KS – Fireworks make the 4th of July a favorite holiday for many people. But as Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, it's not so popular with pets.

Pets have sensitive hearing. And they don't understand what all the noise is about. Their instinct is to run. If that requires them to jump a fence, dig under it, or push a gate open, that's what they very well may try to do.

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