AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of May 18, 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, May 18 – Saturday, May 24
Hits
: 326
Daily Average: 46.6
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)
Notes: The spike in stories early in the week was from wide pick up of AVMA press releases on National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

Highlights:

Yellow ribbons on dog leashes: What do they mean?
Reuters
. … Every day during National Dog Bite Prevention Week, the AVMA will be releasing a short, fun video with a tip on preventing dog bites. The first video, released Sunday, discusses the yellow ribbon campaign and stresses the importance of asking permission before petting someone’s dog. …

Active supervision required to protect kids from dog bites
Yahoo! News
. … This week (May 18-24) is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people—most of them children—are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites are preventable. …

Just Remember, Any Dog Can Bite
San Antonio Express-News
. … During the third full week in May, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) promotes National Dog Bite Prevention Week to educate people on ways to prevent dog bites. …

Teaching kids appropriate ways to approach dogs can help prevent bites
The Oregonian
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and children are by far the most commonly injured. …

National Dog Bite Prevention Week
WUSA-TV (D.C.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable. …”

Reading dogs’ cues can help prevent bites
Orange County Register (Calif.)
. … This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, a campaign by the U.S. Postal Service, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the insurance industry and dog trainers to educate the public about stemming dog attacks. …

Dog Bite Prevention Week: California has highest number of dog bite claims in US
Southern California Public Radio
Every year, almost five million people are bitten by dogs, making dog bites one of the most commonly reported health problems. Small children, the elderly and Postal Service carriers are bitten the most according to The American Veterinary Medical Association.

Humane Society: Know how to prevent dog bites
Savannah Morning News (Ga.)
May 18-24 is American Veterinary Medical Association’s “Dog Bite Prevention Week.” Annually, nearly 5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs — 800,000 receive medical care. Children are far more likely to be injured than adults and account for one-half of those requiring medical attention. And, a dog known to the child is commonly involved. So how do you avoid getting bit by a dog?

Dog Bite Prevention Week begins
WAFF-TV (Ala.)
Sunday kicked off National Dog Bite Prevention week, an effort spearheaded by the American Veterinary Medical Association to remind families about the injuries possible from bites by all dogs, domesticated or wild, ferocious or usually docile.

Arizona’s All-Points Bulletin: Who Can Take in a Chihuahua?
New York Times
. … A study published by The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2010 found that Hispanics were more likely to own pets that had not been spayed or neutered than were people of other races and ethnicities, a factor that seems to be contributing to the overabundance of Chihuahuas. …

Smithsonian mobile exhibit exploring human-animal bond to come to Washington Park tomorrow
The Oregonian
“. … Animal Connections: Our Journey Together” is a custom-built exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in honor of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 150th anniversary last year. …

Dog tech takes off as pet spending surges
Dallas Morning News
. … In 2012, an estimated 36.5 percent of U.S. households had at least one dog, down slightly from the 37.2 percent of households in 2007, according to a study released by the American Veterinary Medical Association, a nonprofit group. …

Deadly Pet Treats Are Still Showing Up In The US After Years Of FDA Investigation
San Francisco Chronicle
. … The FDA has been working directly with the American Veterinary Medical Association to identify potential cases and is encouraging pet owners to submit complaints. …

Senior feline care: They might need more than you think
Tahoe Daily Tribune (Calif.)
. … A recent study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that cats that vomit at least two times per month should be evaluated to look for underlying disease such as inflammatory bowel disease or GI cancer. …

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