AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of January 12, 2014

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, January 12 – Saturday, January 18
: 551
Daily Average: 78.7
2013 High Avg.: 145.1 (week of May 12)

Notes: Monday’s spike in stories was driven by AVMA’s mention in a Bayer HealthCare press release on a new method for detecting heartworm infection in cats. Thursday’s bump came from wide distribution of AVMA’s press release on the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture being admitted into the AVMA House of Delegates.


Millions of animals need human help during freeze
Rapid City Journal (The Associated Press)
“. … The smaller you are … the quicker you will lose body heat,” said Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, immediate past president of the Illinois-based American Veterinary Medical Association. …

AVMA admits veterinary acupuncture academy into House of Delegates
Yahoo! News
“. … I am pleased to welcome the AAVA and its members into the AVMA House of Delegates,” says Dr. Clark K. Fobian, president of the AVMA. “Admitting the AAVA into the house will foster greater communication between this organization’s membership and the rest of the veterinary community. …”

Service-monkey bill draws opposition in Kentucky
USA Today
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association also has opposed primates being used as service animals because of animal welfare issues, the risk of human injury and disease. …

Everything You Need To Know About Marijuana And Your Dog
“. … AVMA (the American Veterinary Medical Association) will not approve it until there have been studies,” Arden said to BuzzFeed. “I agree that there should be studies but at the same time, I don’t think animals should have to wait years for treatment, for relief from pain and/or nausea. …”

Pet Owners Becoming More Negligent About Caring for Pets
ABC News Radio
. … That is, when people bring their pets to the vet. The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that dog visits have dropped by more than 20 percent since 2001 while cat owners have cut back by 30 percent. …

Finding your lost pet
Aiken Standard (S.C.)
. … According to a 2009 article in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, a study of 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters showed that only 22 percent of dogs without microchips were returned to their owners, compared to about 52 percent of the dogs with microchips. …

Dogs snuggle further into our culture, even politics
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
. … The proportion of Maine households with dogs declined from 38 percent in 2001 to 35 percent in 2011, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Rather, experts say, it’s the result of a shift in attitude about a dog’s place in the home, which has literally gone from the doghouse out back to into bed with the owners. …

Doggie breath is not normal, indicates disease
WFMJ-TV (Ohio)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of dogs show signs of oral disease by age three. While that stinky breath you smell is one of the last warning signs of disease, redness of the gums is one of the first. …

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