AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of December 29, 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, December 29 – Saturday, January 4
: 113
Daily Average: 16.1
2013 High Avg.: 145.1 (week of May 12)
Notes: The spike in stories at the beginning of the week was due to wide pickup of an A.P. story that mentioned AVMA as a source for “pet lemon law” statistics.



American Veterinary Medical Association Calls for New Year’s Pet Resolutions to Lose Weight
KOLN-TV (Neb.)
. … The President of the AVMA, Dr. Clark Fobian, said, “Taking a dog for a walk is healthy for both the dog and the dog’s owner. …”

AVMA podcast: Protect your pets during cold weather
Medical News Today
“. … Most pet owners seem to worry about their pets overheating in the summer, but tend to overlook the dangers of cold weather. Their fur coats don’t always provide the necessary protection from the cold, particularly for small animals when the weather becomes extremely cold,” explains Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, immediate past president of the AVMA. …

New Year’s Resolutions for Pets
WGN Radio Chicago
Steve has Dr. Ron DeHaven, CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association, on air to talk about his New Year’s resolutions for pets.

New laws in 2014: From tanning bed bans to ‘lemon pets’
USA Today (A.P.)
. … As a result, life changes a bit more radically for Illinois residents each new year: On Wednesday, in addition to the tanning measure, they’ll find that they can now return a pet or be reimbursed for veterinary costs if an illness was not disclosed by the seller. So-called “lemon pets” laws already exist in 21 states, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Risks Outweigh Benefits of Raw Meat-Based Diets for Pets
. … Enthusiasts claim it’s a healthier, more natural diet for dogs and cats, yet the American Animal Hospital Association and American Veterinary Medical Association have discouraged the inclusion of raw and undercooked meats in pet food, citing a potential for food-borne illness for both the pet and humans who are in contact with the pet. …

Lawrence residents intend to keep pets indoors during severe winter weather
Lawrence Journal-World (Kan.)
. … In addition to dressing dogs in sweaters or coats and shortening walks, the American Veterinary Medical Association suggests keeping pets well fed and making sure they have access to fresh, non frozen water. …

Protect pets as temperatures fall
Tuscaloosa News (Ala.)
. … Frostbite and hypothermia are threats to animals just as they are with humans as temperatures drop. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends checking animals’ paws for signs of cold-weather injuries such as cracked paw pads or bleeding. …

Experts offer advice for protecting pets from cold, snow
Joplin Globe (Mo.)
. … Owners can place small heaters in outdoor doghouses, although the doghouses should then be moved away from the owner’s house in case of a fire, he said. They also should frequently change their outdoor pet’s water or invest in a heated water bowl, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

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