AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of April 7, 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, April 7 – Saturday, April 13
: 492
Daily Average: 70.3
2013 High Avg.:  90.3 (week of March 10)
: Wide coverage of an A.P. story about online veterinary advice in which Dr. Aspros was interviewed led to Tuesday’s surge in hits. A second spike on Thursday was driven by a mention to JAVMA studies on omega-3 fatty acids in a North American Precis Syndicate article that had national pick up.


Retired Texas vet challenges Internet restrictions
The Associated Press
. … The AVMA’s president, Douglas Aspros, a practicing vet in White Plains, N.Y., said he believes most states have indeed adopted the rules as recommended by AVMA, though not necessarily in the exact words used by Texas. …

Must Love Dogs: More Singles Getting Pets
Huffington Post
“. … It’s interesting to see that more and more single people are discovering the comfort and satisfaction that owning a pet can offer,” says Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. “Pets are powerful, positive influences on our lives, offering unique emotional, psychological and physical health benefits to their owners. …”

8 Safe Spring Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
. … Dr. René Carlson, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s immediate past president, recommends cleaning crates and carriers once a week using “warm soapy water (dishwashing detergent) or a mild disinfectant. …”

With a new diagnostic tool, veterinarians are demystifying feline heart disease
. … Studies published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2010 and the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) in 2008 found that 93 percent of cat owners and 86 percent of dog owners, respectively, would trade a longer life for their pets for a shorter, higher-quality one. …

Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Your Pet’s Health
Beloit Daily News (Wis.)
. … According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, fish oil (which contains the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA) helps modify inflammatory responses in dogs with joint problems or other conditions related to immune function. …

VIDEO: Therapy llamas, alpacas bring joy to patients at Oregon hospitals
CBS News
. … Therapy animals, or animal-assisted therapy, is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, or cognitive function, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). …

Pets on Prozac
New York Post
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, roughly half of the 6 million dogs and cats surrendered to shelters each year are given up because of behavior problems. …

Hills to be alive with the sound of cicadas
Daily Progress (Va.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association calls cicadas a nuisance, but advises dog and cat owners not to worry about a few of the critters becoming pet snacks. …


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