AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of May 12, 2013

AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of May 12, 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, May 12 – Saturday, May 18
: 1,016
Daily Average: 145.1
2013 High Avg.:  145.1 (week of May 12)
2013 Low Avg.: 10.3 (week of April 14)
Notes: Stories in advance of National Dog Bite Prevention Week drove the huge surge in hits, fueled by press releases from the AVMA, U.S. Postal Service, and State Farm.


Pet Store Pups More Likely to Have Behavior Problems
KHOU-TV (Texas)
. … The study, conducted by a team of researchers led by Dr. Frank McMillan of Best Friends Animal Society, in collaboration with Drs. James Serpell and Deborah Duffy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, is published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Pot for pups
Medill Reports (Ill.)
“. … This topic of use of marijuana as a therapy is a brand new issue to us,” said Dr. Lynne White-Shim, assistant director in the division of scientific activities at the American Veterinary Medical Association, headquartered in Schaumburg. …

Tyson sets animal-treatment advisory panel
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
. … Besides Grandin, panel members are: Ryan Best, 2011-2012 Future Farmers of America president; Anne Burkholder, cattle feedlot owner; Ed Cooney, executive director of the Congressional Hunger Center; Gail Golab, director of American Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Division; …

California ranks #1 for dog bites
Central Valley Business Times (Calif.)
“. … Dogs are wonderful, intelligent and loyal creatures, but they depend on responsible owners to teach them how to behave around people,” says Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. …

Dog Bite Costs Fall for First Time Since 2004 as Claims Decline
Washington Post
. … The number of dog-bite claims at State Farm fell to 3,670 in 2012 from 3,750 a year earlier, the insurer said. The U.S. dog population was about 70 million at the end of 2011, down from 72 million in 2006, State Farm said, citing data from The American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Top 10 states where dog bites cost millions
MSN Money
. … In 2011, about 70 million dogs were living in U.S. households, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, down from about 72 million in 2006. That means more than 36% of the population has canine companionship. …

Why State Farm wishes we owned cats
Chicago Business Journal
. … Surprisingly, the dog population appears to be declining in the United States. Maybe it has something to do with the growing cost of owning a pet. The American Veterinary Medical Association pegged the U.S. dog population at 70 million at the end of 2011, down from 72 million in 2006. …

Teach children to respect animals’ boundaries
Miami Herald
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association sponsors Dog Bite Prevention Week the third full week of May. The annual event is designed to educate people on best practices and to teach children how to avoid being bitten. …

Snows of Alaska winter melt and reveal tons of unscooped dog poop
Alaska Dispatch
Anchorage has a lot of dogs — an estimated 74,000 of them, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Helping Cats And Dogs Have Healthy Joints
Hartwell Sun (Ga.)
. … Common health screenings recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association include: …



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