AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of March 22, 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 22 – Saturday, March 28
: 73
Daily Average: 10.4
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)



Bonding with your veterinarian is good for your pet’s health!
Chicago Tribune
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dog visits to the vet have slipped 21 percent since 2001, and cat visits have taken a free fall, dropping 30 percent. As a result, preventable illness in pets is on the rise, which is frustrating for veterinarians. Obviously, they can’t help pets they’re not seeing. …

Ever wonder where your outdoor cat wanders?
Boston Globe
. … That’s one reason that the Humane Society of the US and the American Veterinary [Medical] Association recommend we keep our cats inside. Another is that indoor cats live significantly longer — to 17 years or more — than those allowed to roam. …

Celebrate National Puppy Day March 23: Tips to help care for your new best friend
Orlando Sentinel
. … Puppies are cuddly bundles of energy and cuteness who also need special care as they start to explore the world. In honor of National Puppy Day on March 23, the American Veterinary Medical Association offers caregiving tips for puppies: …

NYC ban remains on keeping ferrets
Fosters Daily Democrat (N.H.)
. … Related to weasels, ferrets are believed to have been domesticated about 2,000 years ago. They have gained popularity as pets in recent decades, spotlighted by such celebrity fans as Paris Hilton. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimated in 2012 that some 334,000 households nationwide have ferrets, a minute fraction of those with dogs or cats. …

Are You a Cat Person or a Dog Person? 
. … In case you’re keeping score, dogs are slightly ahead in the numbers: the American Veterinary Medical Association reports that 36.5% of American households are dog people, owning an average of 1.6 dogs. And while fewer families have felines—30.4%—they’re more inclined to own a clowder of cats (or a pounce of kittens) with an average of 2.1 per household. …

Slippery Business: Exotic Pets and Home Insurance
Yahoo! Homes
. … Accurate numbers are tough to come by, because some states don’t require residents to report ownership of exotic or specialty animals. But the American Veterinary Medical Association, through its 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, estimates that 10.6 percent of households own one or more exotic or specialty animals. …

The Downsides of Homemade Dog Food
Safe Bee
. … Whether commercially prepared or made at home, dog food must have the right combination of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, says Michael San Filippo, a spokesperson for the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

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