AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of September 16, 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, September 16 – Saturday, September 22
: 236
Daily Average: 33.7
High Average:  47.7 (Week of June 10)
Notes: Monday’s surge in stories was driven by pickup of a wire story mentioning a JAVMA article on elevated bowls and bloat, and a Merial press release on vaccinations that cites information from our state legislative resources. Thursday’s bump was from pickup of our release announcing the publication of our advice on responsible money-saving tips for pet owners.


Controlling all those cats
Philadelphia Inquirer
“. … The issue constitutes a national tragedy of epidemic proportions,” said Sheilah A. Robertson, an animal welfare expert with the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Can new dog feeders help solve mealtime problems?
. … But there is something of a controversy over elevated bowls. A Purdue University study published in 2000 in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that eating from an elevated bowl is actually a risk factor for bloat, as well as increased speed of eating. This study, however, only proved a correlation between the two — not that one causes the other. …

The end of lab mice: Why doctors and vets are collaborating
. … In 2006, the American Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association published a joint declaration to share information and conduct joint projects between veterinary and human medicine. …

Pet Ownership Is Down 2.4%
Pet Age
Overall pet ownership in the United States has dipped slightly, down 2.4 percent between 2006 and 2011, according a study by the American Veterinary Medical Association (Schaumburg, Ill.).

Pet Smarts: Whether indoors or out, all cats need to visit the vet at one time or another
KyForward (Ky.)
There are almost 8 million more cats owned in the United States than dogs (AVMA.org), yet we see far fewer cats in the veterinary hospital than we do dogs. Why is that?

What Happens to Your Pet if Something Happens to You?
My Fox Houston
. … Now consider this: there are three times as many households in the U.S. that have pets than have children- 57%, according to the American Veterinary [Medical] Association’s 2012 survey. …

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