AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of November 16, 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, November 16 – Saturday, November 22
: 124
Daily Average: 17.7
2014 High Avg.: 117.71 (week of October 5)
Notes: The bump in coverage on Monday was the result of AVMA’s mention in a USA Today article–about breed-specific legislation—that was picked up by several other media outlets.




U.S. communities increasingly ditching pit bull bans
USA Today
. … Some groups, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Humane Society and the American Bar Association, have suggested governments would be better off focusing attention on problem animals in a community rather than banning any particular breed of dog. …

Airborne pets: 6 ways to make sure your furry friends fly safely
Today Show
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that you do not sedate or tranquilize your pet before flying, as that can impede respiratory and cardiovascular function. Sedation can also affect balance during turbulence or rough handling, resulting in injury. …

Cat Dancer still entertaining pets after 30 years
Chicago Tribune
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 56 percent of cat owners consider their pets to be full family members, far higher than the 41 percent who relegate their felines to the category of mere “pets/companions. …”

Vets issue advice on pets that may have Ebola
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association released the guidelines Wednesday. Work on them started a month ago, after a dog in Spain was euthanized because its owner contracted Ebola and a dog belonging to an infected nurse in Dallas was quarantined and then released. …

D.C. Residents Less Likely to Own Pets Than Anyone in U.S.
. … I got a dog six months ago, but one man can only do so much to raise the city’s dismal pet ownership rate. The American Veterinary Medical Association has released its annual survey of pet ownership rates in the U.S., and D.C. comes in dead last—by a lot. …

Dog euthanized after testing positive for parvovirus at Pinellas County Animal Services
Tampa Bay Times (Fla.)
. … Parvo affects dogs’ gastrointestinal tracts and is spread by direct contact with other dogs, contaminated stool, surfaces or people, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, fever, vomiting and severe diarrhea. …

Recognizing, treating diabetes in pets
Ft. Leavenworth Lamp (Kan.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association has designated November as National Pet Diabetes Month. This means that for the month of November veterinary practices everywhere will be highlighting diabetes and its effect on pets. This is accomplished through education on general health practices, recognizing the symptoms of early diabetes, and long term therapy. …

Freezing temperatures on Tuesday night
Picayune Item (Miss.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association urges pet owners to bring all animals indoors, since dogs and cats are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia just as humans are. The AVMA also suggests checking for animals that seek shelter under the hoods of vehicles before starting the engine. Making noise or honking the horn before cranking could prevent injuries to animals that went searching for warmth next to a warm motor. …

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