AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of December 6, 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, December 6 – Saturday, December 12
: 316
Daily Average: 45.1
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)
Notes: The mid-week spike in stories was driven by AVMA’s mention in a StatePoint article on winter pet safety tips that received wide distribution.



Canine Flu Has Dog Owners Wondering if Fido Needs a Vaccine
New York Times
. … Another consideration may be whether cases have been reported locally. Dr. Bruce R. Coston, a spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association, practices in rural Woodstock, Va. “We haven’t had reports, so I’m not recommending the vaccination for my patients,” he said. …

What’s your dog trying to tell you? Canine bark research offers some clues
Washington Post
. … More than one-third of American households, or 36.5 percent, include at least one pet dog, with about 70 million dogs in the U.S., according the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2012 report on companion animals. …

In lieu of a holiday fruit basket, company gives $500 and a challenge
Chicago Tribune
. … But won’t clients miss the holiday popcorn tins? Not according to Libby Wallace, CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association Group Health and Life Insurance Trust, one of 88 Brand Partners’ clients. Its small office doesn’t need more clutter, she said. She has been struck by the diversity of their projects. …

Vet school admission requires hard work
Amarillo Globe News (Texas)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association reported that 6,744 people applied to veterinary colleges in 2014. Of those, 4,131 were accepted. AVMA computed that as an applicant to seat ratio of 1.6, an improvement over an applicant to seat ratio of 2.4 in 2008 (5,920 applicants to 2,766 seats). …

Tips to Protect Your Pets this Winter
Times Leader (Ky.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association urges owners to provide unlimited access to fresh water. Change the water frequently to avoid freezing, or use a heated water bowl. …

Local infant’s death prompts caution about pets, kids
Utica Observer-Dispatch (N.Y.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association out of a yearly average of 4.5 million people bitten by dogs nationwide, 359,223 children up to 14-years-old were bitten by dogs between 2010 and 2012. Among children 4 years old and younger, 66 percent suffered injuries to the head and neck. …

Worker found guilty of animal cruelty
Roswell Daily Record (N.M.)
. … Matt Rice, director of investigations for Mercy For Animals, said tail docking is opposed by the American Veterinary Medical Association and does not improve milk quality or worker safety, but does eliminate the cows’ primary defense against flies, and causes chronic pain throughout their lives. …

Television channel for dog lovers launches
Rocky Mount Telegram (N.C.)
. … Close to 43.3 million households in the United States owned a pet dog in 2012, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

5 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association cautions pet owners to not give pets table scraps, and also advises not allowing dogs to sit under the table. Fatty fare including poultry skin and gravy can lead to life-threatening conditions such as pancreatitis. A bone can splinter and cause a bowel obstruction. …

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed?
The Dodo
. … The most recent stats from the American Veterinary Medical Association peg the number of pet dogs in America at around 70 million. That number, according to a more recent survey, is now closer to 80 million. …


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