AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of May 5, 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, May 5 – Saturday, May 11
: 309
Daily Average: 44.1
2013 High Avg.:  90.3 (week of March 10)
Notes: The surge in hits on (and around) Thursday was due to a North American Precis Syndicate article on healthy joints in pets that included screening recommendations from the AVMA.


Veterinarians suggest giving pets the gift of health
United Press International
. … Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA, said pet owners love to show their pets affection by showering them with toys, fancy collars and even clothes — spending $5 billion on holiday gifts for pets during last year’s holiday season — but regular veterinary medical checkups can detect disease early and keep a pet healthy and happy for many years. …

Controversies in animal welfare
Bovine Veterinarian Magazine
. … Gail Golab, PhD, DVM, Dipl. ACAW, director of Animal Welfare for the American Veterinary Medical Association, said there are three areas of controversy: …

Celebrate special week for pets
The Advocate-Messenger (Ky.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association website has various educational resources. Educate yourself on proper pet care and pet health problems by asking questions and finding answers from reliable, trusted sources of information such as one of the professionals mentioned above. …

How to make a home relocation easier on pets
Daily Herald (Ill.)
. … I’ll be happy to do so, because two-thirds of all homeowners have at least one cat or dog, and many of those pet lovers who sold their house at the start of the peak spring home-buying season are now closing their deal and getting ready to relocate. This month we also celebrate the American Veterinary Medical Association’s National Pet Week. …

Teach children to respect animals’ boundaries
Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association sponsors Dog Bite Prevention Week the third full week of May. The annual event is designed to educate people on best practices and to teach children how to avoid being bitten. …

Overweight Owners Lead Pets to Obesity
Health News Digest
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, obesity is the most common nutritional disorder in the dog and cat. The latest nationwide survey, conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), found 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats to be classified as overweight or obese by their veterinarian. That equals over 100 million pets that are too heavy, according to veterinarians. …

Cat scratch fever is a serious, scary disease
Sun Herald (Miss.)
. … Our thanks go to The AVMA Journal for the comprehensive article titled “Cat Scratch Disease and other zoonotic Bartonella infections. …”

California vet pushes discussion on medical marijuana for pets
WTSP-TV (Calif.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association said more research into the effects of marijuana on animals needs to be done before proceeding with treatment since not all drugs affect humans and animals in the same way. …

Helping Cats And Dogs Have Healthy Joints
The Missourian
. … Common health screenings recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association include: …

Alum Creek dog park shut over risk of disease
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
. … Canine parvovirus, often called “parvo,” is highly contagious for dogs and attacks the gastrointestinal tracts of the animals, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms and can lead quickly to severe dehydration. …



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