AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of July 1, 2012

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, July 1 – Saturday, July 7
Hits: 229
Daily Average: 32.7



U.S. pets getting sicker; decline in vet visits blamed
The Times-Reporter (Ohio)
“. … Despite the ever-increasing emotional bond we have with our pets, research shows pets are getting less preventive health care,” says Dr. Rene A. Carlson, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). “At the same time, illnesses that are totally preventable, such as dental infections, ear infections, diabetes, intestinal worms and heartworms, are increasing. …”

Should You Leave the AC On for Your Cat or Dog?
Mother Jones
. … Kimberly May, a veterinarian and spokeswoman for the American Veterinary Medical Association, added that it’s important to observe your pet and adjust the indoor temperature according to its particular needs. …

Sleep Tight: Stopping Bed Bugs
Fox-23 News (N.Y.)
. … While bed bugs don’t tend to live on pets long-term, like fleas and ticks. that doesn’t mean your pet can’t bring them home, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. “Pets can transport bedbugs. Just mechanically, the bed bug hitches a ride on your pet and gets into your house,” Dr. Kimberly May said. …

The Big Sleep: How Do You Anesthetize a Hippopotamus?
. … A new procedure is now described by the group of Chris Walzer at the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna and published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Dogs May Mourn as Deeply as Humans Do
Winnipeg Free Press (HealthDay News)
. … For more on canine behavior, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Delta adding more restrictions on pet travel
News & Observer (N.C.)
. … Those traveling with pets should check with their airline well in advance for current regulations, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, adding that airlines sometimes update their restrictions on pet travel. …

‘Zoobiquity’ by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers
Boston Globe
. … It shares much with the One Health movement, which grew out of meetings between the heads of the American Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2007. And when you consider how much humans and animals have in common (nearly 99 percent of human DNA is similar to that of the chimp), the only real surprise is that it’s taken so long for the physician community to embrace this notion. …

Ask a Vet: How to help your pet when the power goes out
Capital Gazette (Md.)
. … We hope you, your family and pets are all enjoying air conditioning and electricity. If you have any questions about how to prepare for the next power outage, see the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website at http://www.avma.org/disaster/. …

Aging pets are having their day
Myrtle Beach Online (S.C.)
. … Surveys periodically conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association show about 31 percent of pet-owning households had dogs and cats age 11 or older in 2006, the most current year available. That was a 25 percent increase over 1987. …

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