AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of September 21, 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, September 21 – Saturday, September 27
Hits
: 228
Daily Average: 32.6
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)
Notes: The surge in stories later in the week was fueled by wide distribution of AVMA’s press release on World Rabies Day.

Highlights:

10 things your veterinarian wishes you knew
Today
“. … Preventive exams actually save money and allow your pet to live longer,” explains Dr. Ted Cohn, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and companion animal practitioner for 35 years. Treating a problem early increases the chance for success, minimizes discomfort for the pet and costs less in the long run. …

Veterinarians reach across the Americas to eliminate human and canine deaths from rabies
Yahoo! News
. … Dr. René Carlson, past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and its director of international affairs, chairs the newly created Pan-American World Rabies Day Initiative. …

A visit by a bat is no joke
Philadelphia Inquirer
. … However, New Jersey also showed a 38 percent increase in 2013 compared with the previous four years. Nationally, the increase was 8 percent in 2012, compared with the average for the previous four years, according to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Can your dog get Ebola?
Consumer Affairs
. … Pet dogs and hunting dogs in West Africa have tested positive for the Ebola virus, but they showed no signs of being infected, said Michael San Filippo, senior media relations specialist for the American Veterinary Medical Association. The dogs did not get sick and did not die. …

Smithsonian animal exhibition at Purdue this week
WSJV-TV (Ind.)
The Associated Press
A traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association makes a stop at Purdue University this week.

Veterinarians raise concerns about raw-food diets for pets
Loveland Reporter-Herald (Colo.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association notes, “It’s common knowledge that raw meat is likely to be contaminated with bacteria; it’s not sterile by any means. Even USDA-inspected, ‘human grade’ meat is not free of bacterial contamination.” The difference is that meat for human consumption is generally cooked. …

Aging pets require more care
South Coast Today (Mass.)
The American Veterinary Medical Association has proclaimed September as Senior Pet Wellness Month to call attention to the reality that our pets are living longer and healthier lives thanks to developments in veterinary medicine and nutrition.

 

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