AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of December 13, 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 13 – Saturday, December 19
Hits
: 194
Daily Average: 27.7
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)

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Highlights:

Officials everywhere are now perpetuating the Santa conspiracy to your kids Washington Post
. … The veterinarian is Joseph Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the recently released video of his reindeer checkup marks the fifth year the association has issued a detailed certificate of health for Santa Claus’s sleigh-pullers — complete with a checklist of ailments afflicting reindeer both mortal and magical: No sign this year of chronic wasting disease or “eggnogosis” in Santa’s herd. …

“Santa’s veterinarian” gives reindeer green light for Christmas eve trip
San Antonio Express-News
. … Recently, Dr. Joe Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, visited the North Pole to ensure that Santa’s team of nine reindeer were up-to-date on their vaccinations and healthy enough to make their annual trek around the globe. …

Santa’s Reindeer Cleared for Travel This Christmas Eve
WHWK Radio (N.Y.)
. … Dr. Joe Kinnarney is the president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and he visited the North Pole to make sure that Santa’s nine reindeer are all healthy enough to make their trip around the world, and they are healthy enough to make their annual trek around the globe. …

Reindeer pre-flight health check: Good
Daily Herald (Wash.)
“. … After a thorough examination I can tell you that Santa’s reindeer are perfectly healthy and in great shape, and ready for their flight,” said Dr. Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

New strain of dog flu spreading fast
WCAX-TV (Vt.)
“. … It’s a totally novel virus. So dogs don’t have… U.S. dogs don’t have any historical experience with this virus and therefore they have no protective cross-reaction with any other antibodies that they’ve formed in the past,” said Dr. Douglas Aspros, the former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

How to Pick the Best Dog Toys for the Holidays
Yahoo! Finance
Consumer Reports
. … “Dogs, like people, often don’t get as much exercise as they need,” says Bonnie Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Don’t indulge pets with holiday meals
New Jersey Herald
Overindulging in a holiday family feast can be unhealthy for humans, but even worse for pets, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Consider pet’s needs when traveling this holiday season
Edmond Sun (Okla.)
“. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, when traveling by air, tranquilizers can increase the risk of heart and respiratory problems while flying,” she said. “Short-nosed dogs and cats are more prone to respiratory problems when traveling. …”

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