AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of September 8, 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, September 8 – Saturday, September 14
: 73
Daily Average: 10.4
2013 High Avg.:  145.1 (week of May 12)



Yakima’s pit bull ban breeds many questions
Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.)
. … A 2000 report by the center, the Humane Society of the United States and the American Veterinary Medical Association found that problem behaviors by dogs and their owners appeared to often precede attacks and “should be sufficient evidence for pre-emptive action” by animal control officials. …

Pet Points: What would past vet think of today’s care?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
. … News travels fast today. Last week, I received an email from the American Veterinary Medical Association about a new illness I had not heard about that was showing up in dogs in Ohio and a few other areas. …

Mich. Senate votes to end gassing of animals
The Associated Press
. … Though injection is the preferred method of the American Veterinary Medical Association, gas is used by shelters in four smaller counties in the southwest corner of the state: Berrien, Branch, Cass and Van Buren. …

New Documentary Condemns Declawing of Cats; Who Is Right?
National Geographic
. … [M]ajor veterinary organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners do not take a hard-line stance. In position statements posted on their websites, the latter two organizations outline their belief that declawing should be rare, but remain an option when behavior modification fails. …

Safely dispose of unused pet medicines
Cadillac News (Mich.)
. … Although veterinarians are already good stewards of the environment, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) developed a video illustrating best practices on the proper disposal of pet pharmaceuticals to further reduce drug waste in water. …

Planning can help families protect pets during natural disasters
Montevideo American News (Minn.)
. … Approximately 70 million pet dogs and 74.1 million pet cats live in the United States and nearly 64 percent of owners consider their pets to be family members, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Natural disasters can be especially stressful and dangerous for four-legged victims, which makes proper preparation even more important. …

Save on pet care without compromising pet health
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
. … There are approximately 70 million pet dogs and 74.1 million pet cats in the U.S., according to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook. Six out of ten pet owners consider their pet a member of the family, but between 2006 and 2011 the percentage of households that did not take their pet to the veterinarian increased by 8 percent for dog owners and 24 percent for cat owners. …

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