AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of December 23, 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 23 – Saturday, December 29
: 75
Daily Average: 10.7
High Avg.:  109.3 (Week of November 11)


AVMA: New animal rule “step in right direction”
Brownfield Ag News
The American Veterinary Medical Association calls the USDA’s new animal traceability rule “a step in the right direction.”  AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven, former administrator of the USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), says the new traceability rule is a good foundation upon which to build because it “establishes identification and documentation requirements for livestock moving interstate.”

New Rochelle shelter seeks money for generator; Sandy left 200 cats, dogs in cold for 6 days
Journal News (N.Y.)
. … Generally, pets need to be in rooms at temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees, said Dr. Douglas Aspros, a veterinarian with Bond Animal Hospital in White Plains and president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Santa’s reindeer cleared for flight
Detroit Free Press
The president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently returned from a health check-up at the North Pole, declaring Santa’s reindeer to be healthy, free of disease and ready for their Christmas Eve flight.

Santa Can Deduct His Reindeer But You Can’t Claim Pets on Your Taxes
. … It languished in Congress despite endorsements by the Humane Society, the SPCA, the Animal Law Coalition, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. …

FDA: Pet medication errors on the rise
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association said that communication is key in avoiding a pet medication mix-up. Make sure your pharmacist speaks to your vet if they have any questions. The FDA also advises pet owners to verify the name and dosage of your pet’s drug with your vet. …

Breadbasket in the spotlight
Hanford Sentinel (Calif.)
. … The lesson may have been learned in time for the mad cow scare. Meat industry groups, food companies and the American Veterinary Medical Association quickly issued statements and updated their websites, seeking to reassure the public that the nation’s meat supply was safe. …

Animal lovers ensure Tahoe pets are cared for
Lake Tahoe News (Calif.)
. … From 2006 to 2011 all pet ownership decreased 2.4 percent, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Cat ownership decreased 6.2 percent and dog ownership declined 1.9 percent in that time span. …

Pet Points: Proper diet will keep pets healthy
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
. … Some of these homemade diets use raw meat despite warnings from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. …

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