AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of January 13, 2013

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, January 13 – Saturday, January 19
Hits
: 351
Daily Average: 50.1
2012 High Avg.:  109.3 (Week of November 11)
Notes
: The mid-week spike in coverage was generated from wide pick up of our press release on the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook (see highlights below).

Highlights:

Vermonters love pets; D.C. residents not quite so much
USA Today
“. … Pet ownership is down and that is something I was not expecting,” says Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. “Pets are important for people’s mental, psychological and physical health. It’s also bad for pets because there are a lot of animals left in shelters. …”

Top 10 States with Highest, Lowest Percentage of Pet Owners
ABC News
Among residents of the 50 states, Vermonters are more likely to have pets, according to a new survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook 2012: D.C. Has Lowest Percentage Of Pet Ownership In U.S.
Huffington Post
. … Only 21.9 percent of District of Columbia households own a pet, according to a new survey put out by the American Veterinary Medical Association. That’s the smallest percentage of households with pets of all the states — D.C. is counted as a state for this survey — and it’s far below the state that has the second-lowest percentage of pet ownership, Massachusetts, with a rate of 50.4 percent. …

W-w-wh-oof? CT stuck in canine doghouse
Hartford Business (Conn.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has released its U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, which revealed that Connecticut ranks 49th for pet ownership with 28.3 percent of households owning a dog. …

Cat ownership ranking may give Illinois pause
Chicago Tribune
Illinois … not a cat state? Data from the Schaumburg-based American Veterinary Medical Association would seem to suggest that.

Cats lead dogs in Indiana households’ poll
Indianapolis Star
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Indiana ranks ninth in the nation in the percentage of households that own cats. The AVMA says 34.4 percent of Hoosier households have cats, compared to 30.4 percent nationwide. …

No Pets? You’re Not Alone in Minnesota
KSTP-TV (Minn.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association conducts the national survey every five years to research pets and their owners. The survey, which counted pet owners in 2011, also helps reveal if owners are taking their pets regularly to the vet, according to the association. …

Missouri makes Top 10 in dog ownership
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“. … This report reveals a tremendous amount of information about pets and their owners across the country; what’s constant and what has changed,” said Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, president of the AVMA. …

Nebraska ranks low in pet ownership
Omaha World-Herald (Neb.)
. … Nebraska ranks No. 46 among states in pet ownership, according to a survey released Wednesday by the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Study: N.Y. Pet Owners Failing to Care for Their Critters
New York Observer
. … In the AVMA’s newest U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, released yesterday, it was revealed that New Yorkers have barely improved their rank since 2006—when the Empire State ranked 50th and pet-owning households made up 49.2 percent of the state’s population. …

New AVMA report ranks Oregon fourth-highest for pet ownership
The Oregonian
Not too surprisingly, Oregon ranked fourth-highest in the nation for pet ownership in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s recently released survey of pet owners.

Rhode Island ranks near bottom in pet ownership by state
Providence Journal (R.I.)
Rhode Island ranks near the bottom in pet ownership, as calculated in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook.

VIDEO: Are Vermonters taking good care of their pets?
WCAX-TV (Vt.)
. … In a new survey from the American Veterinary Medical Association, between 2006 and 2011 Vermont ranked first in the nation for pet ownership, with 70 percent of households saying they had a four-legged member of the family. …

Washington, Idaho in top 10 for cat ownership
The Spokesman-Review (Wash.)
. … Idaho also hit the top 10, in 8th place, with 34.6 percent of households owning a cat, a news release from the American Veterinary Medical Association said. …

Owners say ferrets are pets, officials say pest
Sioux City Journal (Iowa)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association in Schaumburg, Ill., which recently posted a YouTube video on pet ferrets, noted that they need to be caged most of the time, require hours of exercise and emit a musky odor that many people find unpleasant. …

A Pet’s Life: Health options to help our aging furry friends
(201) Magazine (N.J.)
. … According to surveys done by the American Veterinary Medical Association, in 2011 almost half the nation’s cats were 6 and older; 25 years ago, that figure was barely 30 percent. Total medical spending for dogs surged from about $5 billion nationwide in 1991 to $19 billion in 2011. …

 

 

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