AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of January 19, 2014

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, January 19 – Saturday, January 25
: 453
Daily Average: 64.7
2013 High Avg.: 145.1 (week of May 12)


Goose antibodies that can save puppies
Minnesota Public Radio
. … There is currently no drug treatment for parvovirus, a highly contagious disease according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. While there is an effective vaccine, AVMA says parvovirus primarily infects puppies younger than four months and dogs that have not been vaccinated. …

Westminster change gives stage to mixed-breed dogs
Las Vegas Sun (A.P.)
. … Animal-rights activists argue that the desire for purebreds fuels puppy mills, forsakes mixed-breed dogs that need homes and sometimes propagates unhealthy traits. (The American Veterinary Medical Association hasn’t taken a position on whether mixed breeds or purebreds are generally healthier. …)

Primal puzzle: Veterinarians polarized on feeding pets a more prehistorically accurate diet
Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.)
. … Raw diets also could pose a threat to pet owners. According to a 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, about 6 percent of commercial raw meat diet brands contained salmonella; none of the prepared food brands that were analyzed contained the bacteria. “There is a risk of food-borne illness in dogs fed these diets as well [as] possible risk for humans associated with the dogs or their environments,” the study concluded. …

Reduce your Risk of Infections from Your Pets
Yahoo! Health
. … Are pets allowed in my apartment or condominium? How long will this animal live? See additional information about adopting a pet from the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Kentucky debates use of ‘service monkeys’ for disabled residents
RT Network
. … The bill would also prohibit service monkeys from being used in public, limiting them to in-home use. Still, numerous groups have come out against the proposal, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, pointing to possible concerns over diseases and safety. …

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