AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of May 19, 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 19 – Saturday, May 25
: 359
Daily Average: 51.3
2013 High Avg.:  145.1 (week of May 12)


Dogs are keeping us human in a digital age
Dallas Morning News
“. … Pet ownership does really good things, not just for pets who need homes, but for people,” says AVMA president Dr. Douglas Aspros. “It may not be the same as having friends or a roommate or a spouse, but it’s a lot less complicated, and they still provide a tremendous amount of support. …”

Dog Bite Prevention Week promotes education and prevention
The Oregonian
“. … Understanding how dogs behave and how to behave around dogs could save countless people from the serious physical and emotional consequences of a dog bite,” says AVMA president Dr. Douglas Aspros. …

Do you know what you should have on hand to keep your pets safe?
“. … Think about the weather and geological hazards in your area as well as technological things, like blackouts,” says Cheryl Eia, JD, DVM, MPH. Then prepare without delay. Eia is a veterinarian and coordinator of emergency preparedness and response for the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Dog poisonings from one slug bait down; problems from another up
The Oregonian
. … The study, which was published this month in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, found that calls to the center’s toll-free hotline (800-858-PEST) about dogs exposed to metaldehyde dropped from 200 calls in 2005 to 21 in 2011. The decrease is credited to stronger warnings on labels. …

Michigan’s got a dog bite problem
Michigan Radio
. … Bonnie Beaver is a former AVMA president. She says they’re not sure exactly how big the problem is. …

Dog bite prevention: Tips to make your child more dog savvy
Chicago Now
. … The AVMA also found that children are the most common victims and the most likely to be severely injured. …

Bite prevention week aimed at educating dog owners
Oakland Press (Mich.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates the U.S. dog population was approximately 70 million at the end of 2011, down from approximately 72 million in 2006, yet the number of dog bite incidents hasn’t decreased. …

Breed-specific regulation: Not new and not working
Orlando Sentinel
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Humane Society of the United States, the Best Friends Animal Society and the ASPCA also know it is not good policy. …

Pit bulls crowd Humane Society
Wausau Daily Herald (Wis.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million dog bites occur annually, and 60 percent of victims are children. …

Teach children to respect animals’ boundaries
Cape Cod Times (Mass.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association sponsors Dog Bite Prevention Week the third week of May. The annual event is designed to educate people on best practices and teach kids how to avoid being bitten. …


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