AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of January 4, 2015

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 4 – Saturday, January 10
: 114
Daily Average: 16.3
2014 High Avg.: 117.71 (week of October 5)
Notes: Tuesday’s spike in coverage came from wide distribution of an AVMA press release on a rabies vaccination study that appeared in JAVMA.



Help your pet weather the winter
Chicago Tribune
“. … If they spend a great deal of time outdoors, they need more calories so they can stay warm and maintain their body temperature,” says Dr. Ted Cohn, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. “This is definitely true for dogs that live in outdoor kennels. …”

Pet pledges for 2015 benefit their people, too
Chicago Tribune
“. … To help pet owners understand that regular veterinary checkups save lives and can save pet owners money. The earlier an illness or disease is found, potentially there’s a better prognosis and treatment may be less expensive.” — Dr. Ron DeHaven, American Veterinary Medical Association CEO, Schaumburg, IL. …

Once bitten: Study may give hope to pets with out-of-date rabies vaccine that are exposed to virus
Yahoo! News
. … The results of their efforts appear in a scientific report in the Jan. 15, 2015, issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and they help paint what might be a clearer picture about the options veterinarians and public health officials have when faced with similar situations. …

Ask Martha Stewart | Cats, dogs, skillets
Louisville Courier-Journal
“. … In feline handling, if you do things too quickly, it takes longer and sometimes never gets done,” said Jane Brunt, a veterinarian with the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

2015 Is Off To A Great Start For Utah’s Pit Bulls!
Huffington Post
. … Utah, in fact, is the 19th state to do away with BSL altogether. And for good reason: BSL has been declaimed by groups such as the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Bar Association as being harmful to families, dogs, due process and the economy, without increasing public safety. …

Wind chills expected to be -20 this afternoon, -35 overnight
Daily Herald (Ill.)
. … In case you’ve forgotten how to deal with frigid weather returning this week, here are 10 tips from the DuPage County Health Department, the Schaumburg-based American Veterinary Medical Association and the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. …

Exercising pets helps avoid fat cat and pudgy pooch
. … In the past few years, awareness of pet obesity has increased among veterinarians and pet owners, but we still suffer from a “fat gap,” as many pet owners fail to recognize their pets’ weight problems, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

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