AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of March 9, 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, March 9 – Saturday, March 15
: 127
Daily Average: 18.1
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)
Notes: The spike in stories late in the week was due to AVMA’s mention in a Zoetis press release on their CEO’s appearance at an animal health summit and an A.P. story about TNR efforts in Dayton, Ohio.


Despite concerns, gas chamber use will continue
The Dispatch (N.C.)
. … Dr. Gail Golab, director of the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Division, said intravenous injections typically induce euthanasia “smoothly and results in rapid death, with minimal discomfort to the animal.” However, she said, because conditions vary widely, it is important to have multiple options available. …

Dayton Uses Grant Money to Fix Feral Cats
ABC News
. … There are millions of free-roaming cats across the United States, and most will die prematurely from disease, starvation or trauma, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The cats also kill wildlife, including birds, small mammals and amphibians. …

Pet med market expanding to retail
Albuquerque Journal (N.M.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association opposed the 2011 bill, saying that it already encouraged doctors to provide prescriptions and that the bill infringed on state regulatory prerogatives. …

‘Atlanta’s celebrity dog breeder’ charged with eight counts of animal cruelty in Gwinnett
Gwinnett Daily Post (Ga.)
. … Cosmetic tail docking is a fairly common practice, but even in a more regulated form, is condemned by organizations like the American Veterinary Medical Association. The AVMA describes the process as “painful” and having “no obvious benefit” for the animal. …

Pet Points: Cropping a dog’s ears unwarranted
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes. It also encourages eliminating these features from breed standards for shows. Dog show judges must ultimately make selections based on body confirmation and condition rather than the look of ears that stand erect. …

5 simple steps for brushing your pet’s teeth
Providence Journal (R.I.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends daily brushing of your dog’s teeth. If you can’t make that happen, aim for several times a week. …

Racing With Your Furry Friend
Runner’s World
. … As with humans, obesity has become a growing problem for dogs. As many as 28 percent are obese, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. And walking often isn’t enough exercise for them. …

Veterinarians Oppose Blackburn Bill
The Horse
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) have issued statements opposing a bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives last month as an alternative to anti-soring legislation introduced last year.

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