AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of February 10, 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 10 – Saturday, February 16
: 372
Daily Average: 53.1
2012 High Avg.:  109.3 (Week of November 11)
Notes: The spike in stories on Tuesday was driven by wide pick-up of an AAVMC press release on the winner of their Iverson Bell Award, which mentions the AVMA, and AVMA’s press release on how Americans’ love for their pets isn’t necessarily translating into increased veterinary care.


VIDEO: Chicken or duck: Raw food the rage as pet food
USA Today
. … Dr. Douglas Aspros is president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and a vet outside New York City. “The problem is there is no evidence to suggest that raw or natural diets will prolong pets’ lives. …”

Survey: Dogs #1 in our hearts
Yahoo! News
“. … What this survey makes clear is that the wonderful, magical, emotional bond between humans and their companion animals is getting stronger, and that’s really good news,” says Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. …

Will the Affordable Care Act affect your pets?
KABC-TV (Calif.)
“. … Congress never intended this tax to impact veterinarian medicine and unfortunately it has, and I think that’s very unfortunate that veterinarian medicine now is subsidizing human health care,” said Dr. Mark Lutschaunig with the AMVA. …

Heart disease is a ‘silent killer’ in cats
The Oregonian
. … Cardiomyopathy, or disease of the heart muscle, occurs in about 16 percent of healthy cats, according to one study published in the June 1, 2009, issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Spay: An Explanation
Washington Daily News
. … The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (December 2011) sited (sic) studies showing dogs spayed before their first heat had a relative risk of 0.5 percent to develop breast cancer. …

Welcome to Dogtown, aka Austin, Texas
Austin American Statesman
. … There is no dog census, but the American Veterinary Medical Association says Texas has about 7.2 million dogs, more than any other state. The AVMA’s formula for roughly estimating a city’s dog population is based on the number of households; that comes out to 193,600 dogs in Austin. …

It’s flu season for our pets, too
Marietta Times (Ga.)
. … But according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), it can be hard to tell the difference between the flu and other similar problems during a simple veterinarian visit. …

Is pet health insurance a boondoggle, or essential? What experts say
Denver Post
. … On the one hand, routine veterinary care has been in a down-stay. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, routine visits to the vet were down 1.7 percent between 2006 and 2011. …

Study: Kentucky in top 10 for dog, cat ownership
. … 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. The state ties Missouri for third. …

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