AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of March 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, March 15 – Saturday, March 21
: 225
Daily Average: 32.1
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)
Notes: Wednesday’s spike in stories was driven by AVMA’s mention in a widely covered ABC News story on medical marijuana for pets, as well as an American Humane Association press release on enriched-cage housing for egg-laying hens.



Raw milk fans cheer looser state laws. Doctors say bad ‘moove’
. … Currently, the FDA, the World Health Organization, American Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Food Protection, and the National Environmental Health Association advise against drinking raw milk, as does the American Academy of Pediatrics. …

Nevada Law Would Make ‘Pot for Pets’ Legal
ABC News
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association does not have an official stance on the use of medical marijuana with pets but suggests that vets make treatment decisions based on sound clinical judgment that stay in compliance with the law. They note that even in states where medical marijuana is legal, it is still a Class I narcotic under federal law which means vets are not legally allowed to prescribe it to their patients. …

Utah plans to bring back firing squads, but Oklahoma wants to try asphyxiating inmates with nitrogen
Washington Post
. … The European Union’s rules for euthanizing animals used for research prohibit death by nitrogen or argon gas except for birds, rodents, and pigs. Similarly, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s latest euthanasia guidelines say that death by nitrogen or argon is acceptable for turkeys, chicken, and pigs, but not for other mammals. …

Helping fearful guests warm up to your pet
Detroit Free Press
. … The percentage of households with at least one pet (usually a cat or dog) rose to 62.4% in 2011 (the last year tallied), reports the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

My Pet World: Education is the best way to discourage declawing
St. Paul Pioneer Press
. … Increasingly, veterinarians offer behavioral advice as an alternative to declaw for cats that are scratching in the wrong places (as per recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association). …

Pit bulls are No. 1 in Portland-area bite investigations, data show
The Oregonian
. … Pit bulls or pit bull mixes killed 76 people from 1979 to 1998, according to a 2000 study by the American Veterinary Medical Association. That number constituted almost one-third of the 238 dog-related fatalities that the association identified, although a more recent study raised doubts that breeds are reliably identified in data about fatal attacks. …

This Abusive Practice Still Happens At Horse Shows. Here’s How One State Is Cracking Down.
The Dodo
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, some trainers may apply numbing agents to horses’ feet so they don’t flinch when they’re handled by vets, and some even beat horses during staged practice sessions so the animals learn that flinching will only lead to worse pain. …

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