AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of February 16, 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 16 – Saturday, February 22
: 252
Daily Average: 36.0
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)
: The spike in stories early in the week was due to wide distribution of a National Pet Dental Health Month-related press release from Nutro Company (the manufacturer of Greenies) and PetSmart.



Making Antifreeze Less Deadly for Pets, and People
New York Times
“. … I’ve got a container of antifreeze in my garage that’s probably more than a year old,” said Dr. Clark Fobian, a Missouri veterinarian and president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Is Your Cat Endangering Your Health?
Yahoo! Health
“. … It’s interesting to see that more and more single people are discovering the comfort and satisfaction that owning a pet can offer. Pets are powerful, positive influences on our lives, offering unique emotional, psychological, and physical health benefits to their owners,” said Dr. Douglas Aspros, immediate past president of AVMA, in a statement. …

Pet medication market opens up in Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association opposed the 2011 bill, saying that it already encouraged doctors to provide prescriptions and that the bill infringed on state regulatory prerogatives. …

How to brush your dog’s teeth
The State (S.C.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends daily brushing of your dog’s teeth. If you can’t make that happen, at least aim for several times a week. …

If you don’t already, start brushing your pet’s teeth
WJXT-TV (Fla.)
It’s time to brush up on your pet’s dental health care.  Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets by age 3, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Op-ed: Pit-bull bans are unfair and ineffective in Utah
Salt Lake Tribune
. … That’s why the American Bar Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Animal Control Association don’t support breed discriminatory or “breed specific” laws. …

Winter tips for your pets
Daily Siftings Herald (Ark.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), the fact that pets have fur does not make them immune from the effects of cold weather. “It’s a common belief that dogs and cats are more resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur, but it’s untrue,” said the AMVA. …

Euthanasia in zoos draws fire
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. …

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