AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of February 15, 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, February 15 – Saturday, February 21
: 142
Daily Average: 20.3
2015 High Avg.: 44.6 (week of February 1)
Notes: The spike in coverage midweek was due to wide pick up of an AVMA press release on the importance of pet vaccination.



AVMA: Anti-vaccination movement a risk to pet health
Yahoo! News
“. … Unvaccinated pets are not only at risk themselves, but pose a threat to other animals, including young pets that have not yet received their full series of vaccines and thus are not fully protected, or those individuals that can’t be vaccinated due to preexisting health issues,” said Dr. Ted Cohn, AVMA president. “Vaccinating your pets helps to keep them safe from serious preventable diseases, while also protecting the health and well-being of these vulnerable populations.”

Jury will decide whether dog mauling of jogger was murder
USA Today
. … The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published a study in 2013 of 256 fatal dog maulings between 2000 and 2009 and identified common elements that contributed to the deaths. …

People urged to vaccinate family members, including pets
WSAU-AM (Wis.)
. … Veterinarian Doctor Douglas Aspros from the American Veterinary Medical Association says they have also seen cases where people don’t want to vaccinate their animals. “They have questions vaccinating their pets as well, and I’m here to tell them that’s not a good idea. Certainly, the science behind it and the medicine behind it tells us if you want to take really good care of your pets, the best care, then vaccines are part of the complete package. …”

Vets, pet owners turn to holistic treatments like acupuncture 
Dallas Morning News
. … The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture now reports 939 physician members, up from 800 three years ago and about 200 a decade earlier. Last year, the American Veterinary Medical Association formally welcomed the acupuncture group as an allied organization, and the Abingdon, Md.-based American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association lists 36 Texas practices among its member clinics. …

February is National Pet Dental Health Month
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Every month should be pet dental month and February is the month the AVMA or the American Veterinary Medical Association has chosen for pet parents to take notice of your pet’s oral hygiene.



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