AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of January 20, 2013

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, January 20 – Saturday, January 26
: 334
Daily Average: 47.7
2012 High Avg.:  109.3 (Week of November 11)
Notes: The surge in stories on Thursday was driven by an AVMA mention in a Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. press release that received wide pick up.


AVMA: Wyomingites don’t bring pets to the vet often enough
Wyoming Public Media
. … AVMA President Douglas Aspros says pet ownership tends to be higher in rural states, but he says people are not taking their pets to the veterinarian often enough. Aspros suspects pet owners are trying to research diagnoses themselves on the Internet. …

Dogs Have Their Day in Arkansas, No. 1 in Canine Ownership
Arkansas Business
. … About 47.9 percent of all Arkansas households have a dog, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Cats popular pets, but few get checkups
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Ind.)
. … More than a third of Indiana households have at least one cat in residence, according to a report called the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook released this month by the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

West Virginia’s best friend
Bluefield Daily Telegraph (W.V.)
A dog is man’s best friend and in West Virginia, the old cliché might hold more meaning than in other places across the U.S. In a new survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association, West Virginia ranks fifth in the nation for dog ownership with 45.8 percent of households owning a dog.

FDA warns pet owners about medication mishaps
WSFA-TV (Ala.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association says that one thing pet owners can do to minimize the chances of these types of things happening is to make sure the pharmacist speaks to your vet if there are any questions. …

Sale of Tennessee walking horses at Kentucky Horse Park proceeds quietly
Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.)
. … There appeared to be no padded horses at the auction. Pads have become controversial; the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association have called for them to be banned because vets say they facilitate soring. …

Neutering: Not Just Doggie Birth Control
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association has developed guidelines for responsible pet ownership. One of the guidelines obligates pet owners to control their pet’s reproduction through spaying and neutering; subsequently helping to control pet overpopulation in their community. …

Have vets, will travel: MSU’s rolling clinics train students and save lives, one dog and cat at a time
The Dispatch (Miss.)
“. … During my one-year internship with the ASPCA, which ran animal control for New York City, 132,000 dogs and cats were euthanized in that one city. In a five-day work week, that’s 500 animals a day — that number never left me,” said Bushby, who received national recognition in 2012 from the American Veterinary Medical Association for his dedication to animal welfare. …

Microchipping Pets Saves Lives: Here’s a Demonstration from the AVMA
American Veterinary Medical Association offers this video about microchipping.

Parvo danger witnessed at local shelter
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
. … According to the AVMA, dogs are at a higher risk of infection when large numbers are housed together in close confinement. One benefit of a breakout happening in a shelter, Graham said, is the ability to disinfect the area quickly. …


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