AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of November 11, 2012

To provide a look at where and how often the AVMA has been mentioned in the media in the past week, the AVMA Media Relations Division has developed this weekly AVMA@Work blog series, “AVMA in the News,” showing the number of times AVMA appeared in the media, as well as a sampling of those hits.

We hope you find these reports informative. As always, we appreciate any questions or feedback you might have on our media relations efforts.

Sunday, November 11 – Saturday, November 17
: 765
Daily Average: 109.3
High Avg.:  109.3 (Week of November 11)
Notes: The large surge in stories this week was driven by a U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance press release about its “Food Dialogue” event, with AVMA’s Christine Hoang featured on a panel (Monday); AVMA’s press release on Thanksgiving pet safety (Tuesday); and Henry Schein, Inc.’s release on its practice recovery symposium in New York, featuring AVMA representatives (Wednesday).



Pet ownership falls in hard times
MSN Money
. … According to the AVMA, there were 130.4 million veterinary visits for dogs in 2011, a 9.2% increase from 2006. Cat visits, however, fell 4.4% during that same time. …

Should people be allowed to devocalize their pets?
CBS News
. … The AVMA states that dog devocalization should only be undertaken as a final alternative after other behavioral modification efforts have not worked and only by licensed and qualified veterinarians. A spokesperson for AVMA told CBSNews.com it is currently reviewing its policies on the subject, a process that done every five years for all of its recommendations. …

Treating Poisoning in Dogs: Apomorphine and Hydrogen Peroxide Safe?
Decoded Science
. … A 2012 study from the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, found both substances to be reasonably safe and effective when used correctly either by, or under the guidance of, experienced veterinary personnel. …

Kids learn how to conquer their fear of dogs
Warwick Beacon (R.I.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association reported in July that more than 4.7 million people are bitten by a dog every year in the United States, with about 800,000 victims requiring medical attention. …

Healthy pets are good for your health
Tampa Bay Times
. … A survey by the American Veterinary Association found that nearly 50 percent of respondents considered their pets to be companions, while only 2 percent thought of them as property. …

Be thankful for pets — but celebrate wisely
KRHD-TV (Texas)
Thanksgiving is a holiday for feasts, family and friends. But put the family pet into the middle of that mix, and you may just be asking for trouble. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers the following tips to pet owners to keep this American holiday safe for four-legged guests:

Ali Velshi To Moderate The Food Dialogues (SM): New York On Nov. 15
WAND-TV (Ill.)
. … The panel focused on antibiotics entitled, “Your Toughest Questions Answered on Antibiotics and Your Food,” will feature experts ranging from veterinarians to consumer advocates, including: … Dr. Christine Hoang, DVM, MPH, CPH, assistant director of the Division of Scientific Activities, American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Henry Schein Announces Featured Speakers For The “Recovery Empowerment Symposium: Emerging From The Storm”
WMBB-TV (Fla.)
Representatives from the American Dental Association, American Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, … and Suffolk County Dental Association will present on their efforts to assist health professionals recover from Hurricane Sandy. …

How to Get Your Pets Into the Holiday Spirit
The Missoulian (Mont.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, three-fourths of dogs and cats over age three have oral disease. And a pet’s oral health can affect his or her whole body and well-being. Luckily, a lot of these issues are preventable with daily oral care. …


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