AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of October 20, 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, October 20 – Saturday, October 26
: 176
Daily Average: 25.1
2013 High Avg.:  145.1 (week of May 12)


Keeping your pets safe during Halloween (VIDEO)
Shore News Today (N.J.)
“. … While Halloween is a lot of fun for kids, pets can be alarmed by the new activity and strange costumes. Many dogs feel they are the guardians of their homes, and they can feel threatened if a stranger comes into their area,” explains Dr. Clark K. Fobian, president of the AVMA. …

AVMA offers advice on how to choose a pooch for Adopt-A-Dog Month
The Oregonian
“. … The primary reason dogs are given up to animal shelters is unfulfilled expectations,” says AVMA president Dr. Clark K. Fobian. …

More employers offer pet insurance as perk
Press Democrat (Calif.)
“. … There are so many more technological innovations and treatments available today that your dog getting cancer isn’t necessarily a death sentence,” said Michael San Filippo, a spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

FDA reaches out to pet owners, veterinarians to help solve mystery of tainted chicken jerky treats
Ann Arbor News (Mich.)
. … The scope of the problem prompted the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association to alert the American Veterinary Medical Association about their concerns. …

Planning can help families protect pets during natural disasters
Los Angeles Times
. … In addition to taking care of the human members of your family, it’s important to have a plan in place for your pet. 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. …

Dog tech can turn Fido into a K9 cyborg
FOX News
. … Over the past 30 years, Americans have become mad about their pets. More than 74 percent of U.S. households purposefully share their dwelling with another species, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine receives full accreditation
Athens Banner-Herald (Ga.)
The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine once again received full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.

October is Breast Cancer and National Pet Wellness Month
Culpeper Star Exponent (Va.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends examinations every six months and regular wellness screenings including blood count, blood chemistry panel, urinalysis, intestinal parasite check and heartworm check. …

6 ways to help cats on National Cat Day
. … Although cats outnumber dogs in our homes by 12 million according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, they have become America’s disposable pet. National statistics show that cats are far more likely to be relinquished to a shelter or rescue than dogs. …


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