AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of December 16, 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, December 16 – Saturday, December 22
: 334
Daily Average: 47.7
High Avg.:  109.3 (Week of November 11)

Notes: Tuesday’s spike in stories was due to wide pick up of a column on eco-friendly pet ownership and AVMA’s press release on healthy holiday gifts for your pets.


Top 10 Don’ts That Will Keep Pets Safe During The Holidays
KYW-TV (Pa.)
. … A list of top-10 don’ts from the American Veterinary Medical Association begins with table scraps. Veterinary researcher Karen Overall says the butter, fat and salt in holiday food can overwhelm a pet, but there is a way to share. …

Healthy holiday gifts for your pets
KMPH-TV (Calif.)
. … We might not like to think about it (especially during the holidays), but disasters can happen at any time of the year. And while we may be unable to prevent them, we can prepare for them. Make sure your disaster preparedness plan also includes your pets. View AVMA’s Disaster Preparedness resources for more information. …

How to Get Your Pets Into the Holiday Spirit
Cleveland American
. … 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. …

USDA Awards Improve Veterinary Service In Rural Areas
Michigan Farmer
. … A leading cause for this shortage is the heavy cost of four years of professional veterinary medical training, which can average more than $150,000, according to the latest American Veterinary Medical Association survey of graduating veterinary students. …

Are poinsettias poisonous?
Boys’ Life
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association (and boonDOCS’ own small animal veterinarian specialist, Ai Takeuchi-Byrne, VMD) says poinsettias are not a deadly threat to animals. California’s Poison Control confirmed only three cases of ingestion by dogs – one in which the dog ate the entire plant! – and the worst thing that happened was vomiting and diarrhea. …

When Good Dogs Turn Bad
U.S. Daily
. … The most common indicator that a dog isn’t feeling well is not aggression — it’s depression, or lethargy, says Bonnie Beaver, DVM, past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and a professor at Texas A&M University. …

How to Be an Eco-Friendly Pet Owner
. … I talked with veterinarian Lidja Gillmeister from La Jolla Veterinary Hospital about some of the measures they’ve taken to make their clinic green (the American Veterinary Medical Association has more information on greening clinics) as well as actions pet owners can use to shrink their carbon footprints. …

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