AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of July 29, 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 29 – Saturday, August 4
: 85
Daily Average: 12.1
High Avg:  47.7 (Week of June 10)
Low Avg:  12.1 (Week of July 29)


AVMA Passes Resolution Discouraging Raw Pet Diets
The American Veterinary Medical Association passed a resolution Friday discouraging the feeding of raw meat to cats and dogs.

California BSE cow was an isolated case
. … Dr. Ron DeHaven with the American Veterinary Medical Association says the molecular weight of the prions of atypical BSE is different and it appears the disease occurs spontaneously without any source such as contaminated feed. …

Chips ahoy! Calif. mulls microchip law on pet shelter adoptions
Asbury Park Press (N.J.)
. … California lawmakers will vote later this summer on a bill requiring microchips in every dog or cat adopted or claimed from a shelter. If passed, the measure, introduced by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, would be the first of its kind enacted in the U.S., according to Sharon Curtis Granskog, spokeswoman for the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Miami-Dade set to vote on repeal of pit bull ban
Miami Herald
. … The South Florida Veterinary Medical Association recently issued a statement supporting the repeal that cited a 40-year American Veterinary Medical Association bite study released in April, which notes that “owners of pit bull-type dogs deal with a strong breed stigma, however controlled studies have not identified this breed group as disproportionately dangerous. …”

Ontario’s pit bull ban: The pit bull underground railroad
Toronto Star
. … The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the OSPCA and the Toronto Humane Society have publicly opposed the ban as a means of reducing dog aggression. …

Knowing when it’s time: When to say goodbye to your pet a tough and personal decision

Bloomington Pantagraph (Ill.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association does not track the number of euthanasia cases in the U.S. each year, but veterinarians know it’s crucial to work with families before, during and after an animal’s death, regardless of its cause. …

Animal advocates fight against cats’ negative image
Montreal Gazette
. … The international effort, highlighted at the recent annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association, is motivated by a decline in feline veterinary visits, coupled with grave overpopulation problems that are seeing three-quarters of cats in U.S. shelters euthanized. …


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