AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of January 11, 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 11 – Saturday, January 17
: 46
Daily Average: 6.6
2014 High Avg.: 117.71 (week of October 5)



New York State May Be First to Outlaw Declawing of All Cats
ABC News Radio
. … Despite the controversy, however, there are “some situations in which declawing may be considered, such as when a cat’s excessive or inappropriate scratching behavior causes risk of injury to immunocompromised people or remains destructive despite conscientious attention to behavioral modification and alternatives,” according to American Veterinary Medical Association. …

New York veterinarians hiss at proposed cat declawing ban
New York Daily News
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association, the parent organization of New York’s veterinary society, believes cat declawing should be a last resort but does not support bans on the procedure. …

Adopt these New Year’s Resolutions for your own cat
Chicago Tribune
. … By all accounts, you’d think Americans have a love affair with cats. In fact, cats — rather than dogs — are man’s best friends. According to the 2012 American Veterinary Medical Association U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, cats outnumber dogs, with just over 74 million pet cats, compared to about 70 million dogs. …

Ask Martha: feline nail trims, pet exercise, picking a skillet
Richmond Times Dispatch (Martha Stewart Living)
. … The key is to take your time. “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. …

A&M researcher says cats are good at sleeping
Houston Chronicle
. … Many cats sleep 16-20 hours a day, more than any other animal, says Bonnie Beaver, a veterinarian at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and a former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Do Dog Athletes Get Dog Injuries?
Scientific American
. … At the same time, a similar and larger 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reached many similar conclusions. Of the dogs surveyed, “1,209 of 3,801 (32%) [of the] dogs had ≥ 1 injury” and strains, sprains, and contusions were also reported, as well as injuries to the shoulder, back, neck and phalanges. Injuries were most often associated with obstacles, including bar jumps, A-frames, and the dog walk. …

Keep pets warm and safe during the cold weather
The Courier-Post (N.J.)
. … Don’t use heat lamps near animals in the house, warns the American Veterinary Medical Association. Heated mats are an alternative, but some veterinarians, like Garcia, aren’t advocates of them. …

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