AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of February 9, 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, February 9 – Saturday, February 15
Daily Average: 7.6
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)
: The slight bump in stories midweek was due to pickup of a National Pet Dental Health Month press release from the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.



AVMA: President Obama picks veterinary college as site to sign Farm Bill
KGO-TV (Calif.)
“. … The Farm Bill is often referred to as the ‘Food, Farm and Jobs Bill,’ but here at the AVMA, we’d like to add that it’s a bill for animals too, because of its far-reaching impact on the work that veterinarians do every day to protect their health and welfare,” said Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA’s executive vice president and chief executive officer. …

The simple truth about pet-ownership economics
“. … So many diseases are preventable with relatively little cost upfront,” said Dr. Kimberly May, AVMA’s assistant director of communications. …

Hairballs could be a sign of bigger problems
Baltimore Sun
. … A recent study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that of 100 cats with chronic vomiting studied, only one had normal gastrointestinal tissue biopsy results. The fact is that cats with chronic vomiting, even of hairballs, may be dealing with underlying inflammatory bowel disease or even cancer of the small intestine. …

Bill to stop bans of pit bulls claws way to victory
Salt Lake Tribune
. … King, D-Salt Lake City, argued “this is one of those instances where it is necessary” because breed-specific bans have been denounced by an overwhelming number of groups from the Humane Society to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Best Friends Society and the National Animal Control Association. Seventeen states also ban such ordinances. …

Puppy Love
Orlando Weekly (Fla.)
. … The American Veterinary [Medical] Association defines the human-animal bond as such: “A mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological and physical interactions of people, animals and the environment. …”

Euthanasia in zoos draws fire
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Ind.)
. … Professional standards from the American Veterinary Medical Association are used when resorting to euthanasia, and there are trained veterinarians on the zoo’s staff. …

Cat Sense: Unraveling the Feline Mystique
. … According to the 2012 American Veterinary Medical Association’s Pet Ownership Demographic Sourcebook, there are 74.1 million pet cats in the U.S. – but only 69.9 million dogs. And it’s the same elsewhere. …

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