AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of April 26, 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 26 – Saturday, May 2
: 248
Daily Average: 35.4
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)



Bill by Idaho’s Crapo seeks to curb rural veterinarian shortage
Idaho Statesman
A shortage of veterinarians in parts of rural Idaho is one of many nationwide that endures in part because a program aimed at filling that gap needs more funding, the American Veterinary Medicine Association says. “There are livestock all over the country who need access to veterinary services,” said Gina Luke, assistant director of the division of governmental relations with the association in Washington, D.C.

The Canine State
Salt Lake Magazine
. … A dog-friendly policy like the one at SGP is becoming more and more common, as dogs move from being outdoor pets to family members. More than half of Utah households own pets, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 29.4% of which are dogs. …

Celebrate True Puppy Love with NATIONAL PUPPY DAY!
Seattle Post Intelligencer
. … There is no denying puppies are adorable, but parenting a new puppy is no walk in the park. The AVMA offers some advice for taking the best possible care of your furry best friend. …

Wisconsin Pet Owners Alert for Signs of Dog Flu 
WUWM-FM (Wis.)
. … A dog even could pass the virus to cats, although the American Veterinary Medical Association has not seen evidence of transmission. Rice says humans are not at risk. …

Canine influenza confirmed in Sioux City; first case in Iowa
Sioux City Journal (Iowa)
. … Although canine flu is extremely contagious — the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates 80 percent of exposed dogs get the virus — it isn’t usually fatal, Ray said. Deaths usually occur only in unhealthy and old dogs. Ray estimates most dogs will show the flu-like symptoms for five to seven days. …

Dog flu hits Midwest: What pet owners need to know
Fox-5 Atlanta
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association says there are actually two different strains of dog flu in the U.S. The first surfaced in greyhounds back in 2004. Now, a new strain known as the H3N2 flu has killed a handful of dogs and sickened thousands more in the Midwest. Because this strain completely new, all dogs are vulnerable, because they have no natural immunity to the virus. …

Should Vermont Expand Its State Sales Tax? 
Vermont Public Radio
. … Other critics say the plan could have unintended consequences on all sorts of consumer behavior. Millie Armstrong works at a small animal practice in Colchester, and is the president-elect of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association. Armstrong told Ashe and members of his committee that 70 percent of Vermont households have pets – the highest rate in the nation, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

As temps heat up, police remind parents not to leave kids in vehicles
Augusta Chronicle (Ga.)
. … Officials ask that pet owners use the same diligence when leaving pets unattended in a vehicle. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, hundreds of animals die from heat stress every year after being left in a vehicle – even if the windows are rolled down. …

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