AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of October 27, 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, October 27 – Saturday, November 2
: 72
Daily Average: 10.3
2013 High Avg.:  145.1 (week of May 12)


Zombie eyes, sick dogs and weight gain: 5 ways to avoid an unhealthy Halloween
. … The darker the chocolate, the deadlier it is to your pet, according to Dr. Ron DeHaven with the American Veterinary [Medical] Association. …

Mixed breeds not always healthier
Bakersfield Californian
. … The results of the study, published in the June 1 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, showed the prevalence of 13 of the 24 genetic disorders about the same for purebreds and mixed breeds; 10 conditions were found more frequently among purebreds; and one disorder was more common in mixed breeds. …

Treadmills go to the dog
Northwest Herald (Ill.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, rehabilitation for pets has emerged over the past decade from a “boutique service” to a mainstream option. Physical therapy can mean pain relief, increased mobility, and an improved quality of life. …

Cat declawing: Once routine, procedure now draws fire as harmful
Denver Post
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association’s official position is that declawing should be a last resort, used only after all behavior modification strategies have been exhausted. …

Plastic surgery for your pet?
CBS Atlanta
. … Both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Humane Society of the United States are against performing surgery for only cosmetic reasons. …

10 things cats won’t tell you
. … Americans own more cats than any other pet, with 36.1 million households owning 74 million cats in 2012, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. (For comparison, some 43.3 million households own a collective 69.9 million dogs.) Experts say that cats’ popularity is in part due to their reputation for being more self-sufficient: They don’t need to be walked or bathed, and can more easily be left alone during a long workday. …

Are cheap pet medications safe to buy?
Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
“. … In some states a veterinarian is required to give a written prescription if the pet owner asks. The American Veterinary Medical Association believes that is an ethical practice for the veterinarian to provide a prescription if requested, even if state law does not require it,” Buckley said. …

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