AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of April 5, 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, April 5 – Saturday, April 11
: 534
Daily Average: 76.3
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)
Notes: The midweek surge in stories was due to wide coverage of an A.P. story on avian influenza that mentioned AVMA’s euthanasia guidelines. (Note: The story mentions that AVMA endorses the use of water-based foam as a means of euthanasia, which is an oversimplification of the guidelines. We have reached out to the reporter for a correction but have yet to get a response.)



Q&A: Canine influenza
Chicago Tribune
For more information about canine influenza virus, visit the American Veterinary Medicine Association’s website here.

Johns Hopkins begins using high-tech equipment on pets
Baltimore Sun
. … There are now 22 specialties recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association, with focuses on internal medicine, surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, anesthesiology and radiology, among others, which require advanced training. …

10 human pills that can harm ­— or even kill — your pets
Seattle Times
A medication that does one thing for people does not necessarily do the same for our pets, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Although there are many medications used in both animals and people, the effects, doses needed, and other things can differ.

Vaccine good tool as dog flu epidemic grows
Hartford Courant (Conn.)
“. … A year is too long for this to be going on,” says Dr. Gregory Hammer, of Dover, DE, a past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. “I’m concerned that there’s something else going on. …”

3,000 Goldfish! Dumped Aquarium Pets Multiply in Lake
. … Pet owners wanting to dispose humanely of their aquarium fish may want to consider the guidelines put forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association in its 2013 report for euthanasia of animals. Some acceptable methods, according to the association, include a process that involves immersion with anesthetic solutions or injection with a solution that contains ketamine. The report also describes other methods that are acceptable when certain conditions are met, and additionally lists unacceptable euthanasia methods. …

What Your Pet Reveals about You 
Scientific American
. … Some information comes from peer-reviewed studies, but the bulk of our data derives from huge market surveys undertaken by interested parties in the pet industry, such as the American Veterinary Medical Association, which tracks pet populations, owner demographics and expenditures to follow how pet ownership in the U.S. changes over time. …

Pet Talk: The facts about MRSA
The News-Gazette (Ill.)
. … Although unlikely, it is possible for MRSA to pass between people and pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that persons who have MRSA should get their pets tested, and owners of pets that have MRSA should get tested as well. …

Cats Need Veterinary Care Too!
Tampa Bay Newspapers
Statistics released by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) show that only one in four cat owners believe that veterinary visits are important for their cat. This means that approximately 20 million cats are not examined by a veterinarian unless they are very sick.

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