AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of May 3, 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, May 3 – Saturday, May 9
: 85
Daily Average: 12.1
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)


Canine flu causing regional problems
WTAQ Radio (Wis.)
. … Dr. Douglas Aspros is a veterinarian, and the former President of American Veterinary Medical Association. He says one form of canine flu has been around for just over a decade. …

John McCain Targets Rabbit Massages, Puppetry in ‘America’s Most Wanted’ Spending Report 
Bloomberg News
. … The NIH did this one too: It spent nearly $400,000 in two grants to create a website to teach people about dog bites. The report notes that the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Humane Society of the United States all have websites on the issue, although the AVMA points out more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. to prevent dog bites. …

Here’s A Map Of Where Your Pit Bull Isn’t Welcome
Huffington Post
. … In January, Utah became the 19th state to prohibit localities from enacting or enforcing BSL, which the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Bar Association, and even President Barack Obama, have found to be expensive to enforce, and terrible for families and pets, while providing no public safety benefit. …

Vaccines Might Not Stop the Midwest Bird Apocalypse
. … For now, though, there’s only one other way to stop a virus from spreading: Kill every last infected bird. (As humanely as possible. The American Veterinary Medical Association publishes guidelines on ethical animal euthanasia, aimed to reduce suffering.) …

What You Should Know About Medical Marijuana for Pets 
. … Even so, the American Veterinary Medical Association hasn’t taken an official stance, and even in states where marijuana is legal, veterinarians are not allowed to prescribe cannabis products to their patients. …

How to keep pets safe from your meds
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
A medication that does one thing for people does not necessarily do the same for our pets, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Although there are many medications used in animals and people, the effects, doses needed, and other things can differ.

Proposed ban on cat declawing gets support in New York Senate
New York Daily News
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association says cat declawing should be a last resort but does not support a ban on the procedure. …

Veterinarian offers advice for keeping your dog safe from canine flu
. … Currently, there is no evidence that canine influenza virus can be transmitted to people. The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that the H3N2 strain has infected cats in Asia, and possibly ferrets and guinea pigs, but there haven’t been any such cases reported in the U.S. …









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