AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of January 26, 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 Department 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 26 – Saturday, February 1
: 92
Daily Average: 13.1
2014 High Avg.: 113.7 (week of January 5)
Notes: The slight bump early in the week was from AVMA’s mention in an A.P. story on the Westminster Kennel Club allowing mixed breed dogs into a new agility competition.


Animals need human help during freezing weather
Foster’s Daily Democrat (N.H.)
The Associated Press
“. … The smaller you are, the more body surface you have, and the quicker you will lose body heat,” said Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, immediate past president of the Illinois-based American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Change to Westminster show celebrates the everydog
Yahoo! News (A.P.)
. … Animal-rights activists argue that the desire for purebreds fuels puppy mills, forsakes mixed-breed dogs that need homes and sometimes propagates unhealthy traits. (The American Veterinary Medical Association hasn’t taken a position on whether mixed breeds or purebreds are generally healthier. …)

Scientists set out to map whole genome of cats – 99 of them
Houston Chronicle
. … Right now, it’s too early to tell whether protective pet owners or veterinarians would be willing to fork over the cash to sequence their cats’ genomes, said David Kirkpatrick, a spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Winter Pet Safety Tips
Keene Sentinel (N.H.)
. … The American Veterinary [Medical] Association recommends keeping an eye out for problems such as if your pet is whining, shivering, seems anxious, slows down or stops moving, seems weak, or starts looking for warm places to burrow. These are signs of hypothermia, and the animal should be brought inside immediately, according to the AVMA. …

Nestlé Purina rolls out canine ‘energy’ bar
St. Louis Post Dispatch
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association cautions pet owners to closely monitor their pets’ daily caloric intake so they aren’t overfed. Between 25 and 40 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight, the AVMA estimates. …

Nutria have an ‘ornery disposition’
KATU-TV (Ore.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association has rules on appropriate methods of euthanasia. It is a long list, but property owners should know drowning is not one of them. …

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