AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of September 29, 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, September 29 – Saturday, October 5
: 204
Daily Average: 29.1
2013 High Avg.:  145.1 (week of May 12)


Veterinarians warn of new dog virus causing severe illness
Detroit Free Press
. … Circoviruses are small viruses that have been known to infect birds and pigs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Canine circovirus was first reported in June 2012, and there is no vaccine for it. …

Love your pet? Take it to a vet
USA Today
Pet households that make no trip at all to a veterinarian in the course of a year jumped by 8% for dogs and a confounding 24% for cats compared with five years ago, the American Veterinary Medical Association reports.

Long Beach: Welcome to Dog Town USA
Orange County Register (Calif.)
. … According to a study by the American Pet Products Association, pet businesses are now a $55.5 billion industry nationally. Americans own about 70 million dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Complementary Medicine: On the Rise
The Horse
. … Boldt says the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) does not recognize these certifications because they only specify that the veterinarian has met all requirements needed for that certificate: completion of the course, written and practical exams, and internship with a certified member, along with approval of case report submissions. …

Dog food ingredients: the 4 essential groups
KLJB-TV (Iowa)
. … In addition, scientific studies are starting to support the benefits of adding some vegetables to your dog’s food. Researchers at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine found in a 2005 study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association that when Scottish terriers were fed vegetables at least three times per week, they had a lower incidence of developing transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder, which is a deadly type of cancer. …

Planning can help families protect pets during natural disasters
Leesville Daily Leader (La.)
. … Approximately 70 million pet dogs and 74.1 million pet cats live in the United States and nearly 64 percent of owners consider their pets to be family members, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Natural disasters can be especially stressful and dangerous for four-legged victims, which makes proper preparation even more important. …

Preventive Medicine: for Healthy Pets, and their People, too!
Republican Journal (Maine)
. …  Because pets age so much more quickly, keeping up with their health care is of utmost importance.  The American Veterinary Medical Association now recommends two physical exams per year.  Twice-a-year visits give pets a better chance to live longer, healthier lives because diseases can be detected and treated more quickly. …

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