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

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

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. 

But even if you are loving this change in weather, there are some downsides … especially for your furry friends. Insect populations are up, which means Fido’s risk of disease is up, too.

Tuesday on Up to Date, veterinarian and animal behavior expert Dr. Wayne Hunthausen is back with us to answer all your pet health questions

Plus, we’ll look at some technology that’s helping Missouri animal experts better diagnose cancer. The state-of-the-art equipment is the only veterinary PET scanner in the state and one of only a handful in the country.  Dr. Jeff Bryan of the Veterinary Oncology Program at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine tells us about using a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner on animals.

Questions or comments for our guests? Give us a call during the show (11 a.m. to Noon) at 816 235 2888 or email us at and let us know. You can also leave comments on KCUR's Facebook page or Tweet us at @KCURUpToDate.

Dr. Wayne Hunthausen is a veterinarian and pet behavior consultant who has been working with pet owners and veterinarians throughout North America to solve companion animal behavior problems since 1982. He received his Bachelor of Arts (zoology) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Missouri. Dr. Hunthausen is director of Animal Behavior Consultations in the Kansas City area, which provides behavior consultations and training services for pet owners, as well as a behavior support service for veterinarians.  To read his full bio, click here.


After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.