AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of August 23, 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, August 23 – Saturday, August 29
: 150
Daily Average: 21.4
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)



Katrina changed the way we think about pets
Houston Chronicle
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association website, the act authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Administration to provide rescue, care, shelter and essential needs for people with pets and service animals and to the animals themselves. …

What Your Pet Reveals about You
Scientific American
. … Some information comes from peer-reviewed studies, but the bulk of the 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. …

Cyber bullying disrupts ‘America’s Favorite Vet’ competition
Gainesville Sun (Fla.)
“. … (The attacks) really just put a cloud over everything that was done,” said Dr. Kimberly May, AVMA’s director of communications. “Up until now, they were having fun with it. They were enjoying it. Everyone was lobbying for their friends to vote for them, and it was all in good spirits. …”

Cyberbullying Halts “America’s Favorite Vet” Contest
Associations Now
. … The foundation, part of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), shut down an annual contest that invites the public to vote on the best veterinarian in the country. In the past, the contest has gone off without a hitch, but this year the competition took a harsh turn. …

Pressure mounting on few remaining counties using gas chamber to euthanize animals
Michigan Radio
. … The intravenous injection method is the humane method recommended by Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, based on American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines. …

Reminder to pet owners, about the dangers of leaving your animal in a hot car
KKCO-TV (Colo.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association says cracking a window makes little to no difference for a dog, so it’s best to protect y our furry friend by just leaving him or her at home. …

Active and athletic dogs may need special veterinary care
Medical News Today
. … Just as human athletes face risk of injury, our canine companions may cope with injuries as a result of strenuous activity and athletic competition. For this reason, the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2010 began officially recognizing the field of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, with specialties in both small animal and equine veterinary care. The AVMA recognition means veterinarians may train in the field – and may gain board certification in providing specialty care. …

First aid for dogs
Daily Reporter (Mich.)
. … Some rodenticides are disguised as food, so be cautious in their placement and keep out of your pet’s reach. Even walking your dog in unknown areas may pose dangers, as areas may have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals. A complete list of household hazards can be found online from the AVMA. …

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