AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of March 29, 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 29 – Saturday, April 4
: 105
Daily Average: 15.0
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)



April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month
Seattle Post Intelligencer
. … As Dr. Doug Aspros, Former President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says, “You can’t be over-prepared. Do your thinking and planning when you’re calm – you’ll make better decisions when the emergency happens. …”

6 Everyday Items That Can Hurt Your Pet
“. … Human medications pose a significant threat to the health of our pets,” says Michael San Filippo, spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). …

Guardians of Rescue Saves Dog Left for Dead
CNN iReport
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, American households own almost 70 million dogs across the country. Unfortunately, one dog in New York did not have an owner, which led to his current sad predicament.

Creature Comforters
Jewish Woman Magazine
. … Pets are a growing presence in American life. Sixty-eight percent of households own a pet (American Veterinary Medical Association), and 9 out of 10 pet owners say that they consider their pet to be a member of the family (Harris Polls). …

Federal bill could protect pets under Personal Protection Orders
WGTU-TV (Mich.)
. … The PAWS Act is supported by … the American Veterinary Medical Association, the YWCA USA, and the National Sheriffs’ Association. …

Higher education bill roundup
Minnesota Daily
. … Why it’s important: In 2013, the average amount of student debt for a veterinary student was more than $162,000, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

NYC rabbit owners compete in bunny beauty pageant 
New York Daily News
. … Make no mistake: Rabbits are not going to supplant man’s best friend anytime soon. You’ll find a dog in more than 36% of American homes, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Only 1.2% of U.S. homes have a leporine presence. …

NYC ban on keeping ferrets as pets stays, health board rules
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. …

Pair of horses found shot, abandoned in Red River Parish
. … While Louisiana law allows for livestock owners to put their animals down, it must be done in a humane way. State law requires the method to confirm with recommendations on euthanasia outlined by the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

2 Vaccines Your Dog Absolutely Needs, and 4 He Might
. … Canine distemper is caused by a very contagious virus, and it’s often fatal, says the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Puppies and dogs usually become infected through virus particles in the air or from the respiratory secretions of infected dogs. …


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