AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of November 15, 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, November 15 – Saturday, November 21
: 363
Daily Average: 51.9
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)
Notes: The spike in stories at the start of the week was driven by AVMA’s mention in a widely distributed A.P. article on efforts to ban guns as a means of euthanizing dogs.



Making The World Safe From Superbugs
Yahoo! News
Consumer Reports
“. … An important point that’s often missing in this discussion is that antibiotics are really needed to both ensure animal health and welfare as well as food safety,” says Christine Hoang, D.V.M., assistant director of animal and public health at the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Canine influenza cases popping up here
Arizona Daily Star
. … Out-of-state dogs arriving here for the winter months could bring the virus, which is not always symptomatic, said Michael San Filippo, spokesman with the American Veterinary Medical Association. About 80 percent of the dogs that become infected show symptoms, he said, but one in five do not. …

How Scared Should I Be of Pit Bulls?
Unfortunately for anti-pit bull advocates (and for people like me who like stuff to be simple,) Bradley seems to be right. A peer-reviewed study published by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2015 said something very similar: “Controlled studies have not identified this breed group as disproportionately dangerous. The pit bull type is particularly ambiguous as a ‘breed’ encompassing a range of pedigree breeds, informal types and appearances that cannot be reliably identified. …”

After dog’s death, an effort to ban guns to put pets down
Boston Globe
The Associated Press
. … New Hampshire is among 27 states plus the District of Columbia that have no laws governing “emergency euthanasia,” according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Justice For Bruno has contacted state officials and its change.org petition has more than 36,000 signatures in support of a new law. …

Playful Pets: Watch Out For Injuries
WTVF-TV (Tenn.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that 43 million U.S. households own a dog and 37.5 million have cats. And although your furry friends offer unconditional love and affection, they are also a lurking household danger, according to the CDC. …

Sexually transmitted cancer still plaguing dogs
KIDY-TV (Texas)
. … For more about diseases that affect dogs, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

The Bizarre Truth Behind This Photo Of Ladybugs In A Dog’s Mouth
The Dodo
. … The photo looks to be real. But those aren’t your garden-variety ladybugs — they’re a bigger, meaner species called Asian lady beetles, the American Veterinary Medical Association writes. …

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