AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of February 3, 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, February 3 – Saturday, February 9
: 116
Daily Average: 16.6
2012 High Avg.:  109.3 (Week of November 11)


GUEST OPINION: Why doesn’t Massachusetts have more pets?
Taunton Daily Gazette (Mass.)
By Dr. Doug Aspros, president of the AVMA
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently released its U. S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, which includes, along with many other important statistics, a state-by-state breakdown of pet ownership rates. Massachusetts had the lowest rate of pet and cat ownership per capita in the nation, and this has a lot of pet lovers in Massachusetts asking, “Why!? …”

‘Monopoly’ fans elect a token cat to the board
USA Today
. … There are approximately 70 million dogs and 74.1 million cats in the USA, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. …

Pet Acupuncture: Treating Animals With Human Therapies
ABC Nightline
. … But there is a lot of skepticism too. Some veterinarians say there is no science to prove that sticking dogs with tiny needles is good medicine. David Ramey helped shape the guidelines for alternative therapies for animal treatment plans for the American Veterinary Medical Association and said the root of the issue is “there is no consensus” on if acupuncture has any effect on the animal’s health. …

Lonely days ahead for Mark Buehrle
But numerous organizations, from the American Veterinary Medical Association to the Humane Society to the National Canine Research Council, argue that bans are ineffective. In February 2012, the American Temperament Test Society released a study that showed American Staffordshire terriers score an 84.2 percent rating in their ability to interact with humans and the environment. They fared better than cocker spaniels, collies, beagles and numerous other popular breeds. …

In defense of the pit bull
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “controlled studies have not identified this breed group as disproportionately dangerous. …”

Kentucky in top 10 for dog, cat ownership
Louisville Courier-Journal
. … Kentucky has one of the highest dog ownership rates in the country, with 45.9 percent of households owning a pooch, according to an American Veterinary Medical Association study. …

Minnesota ranks near bottom in pet ownership
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
. … In a report likely to surprise pet fanciers, the American Veterinary Medical Association found that Minnesota ranks 42nd in pet ownership, with 53 percent of households owning a pet. The national average is 56 percent. …

We love our pets; all of them
The Olympian (Wash.)
. … All this personal pet trivia is a prelude to some information I want to share with you from the 2012 edition of the U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook published by the American Veterinary Medical Association. It’s chock full of pet data that this son of a veterinarian finds interested, and I expect other pet owners would, too. …

3-Minute Interview: Dr. Lee Morgan, owner of Georgetown Veterinary Hospital
Washington Examiner
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association released a study on pet ownership last month that found that D.C. has a lower rate of pet ownership than any U.S. state, at 21.9 percent of households. Why do you think that might be? …

Abilene stresses dog vaccination during ‘drastic increase’ in canine distemper cases
Abilene Reporter-News (Texas)
. … Canine distemper, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, is a highly contagious viral disease that attacks respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. …


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