AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of February 23, 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 23 – Saturday, March 1
: 230
Daily Average: 32.9
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)
Notes: The spike in stories late in the week was the result of AVMA’s mention in an American Humane Association press release announcing AHA’s Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinarian Technician Awards.


Don’t forget dental health of furry family members
Aiken Standard (S.C.)
“. … While most people take care of their own mouths, they often forget that they also should take care of their pet’s teeth through a regular dental health care regimen,” said Dr. Clark K. Fobian, president of the [AVMA], via a release. …

Pit bull owners disagree with ‘killer dog’ stereotype
Greensboro News-Record (N.C.)
. … They are powerful dogs,” said Emily Patterson-Kane, an animal welfare scientist with the American Veterinary Medical Association. “But you also hear a lot of non-sense about how their jaws lock or how they have the strength of an alligator. They do have strong jaws, but they’re not monsters. There are plenty of other dogs that have a comparable degree of strength. …”

Yellowstone bison OK’d to start new herds outside park
Yahoo! News (A.P.)
. … The research was due to be published in Saturday’s edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Federal Law Affecting How Local Veterinarians Do Their Job
KCAU-TV (Iowa)
. … But even so, the American Veterinary Medical Association is hoping to reverse the law with a new bill and stop what’s currently said to be a problem for animals and vets alike. …

Yellow Dog Blog: Why Skipping the Vet is a Bad Idea
KRON-TV (Calif.)
. … Obesity, kidney disease, arthritis and cancer are all on the rise, and the American Veterinary Medical Association says it’s because owners are not taking their pets to the vet for routine exams. …

Effective alternatives to declawing housecats
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association advises that declawing of domestic cats – called onychectomy – should be considered only after attempts have been made to prevent cats from using their claws destructively, or when clawing presents a health risk for owners. …

Cat Ear Care
Chicago Now
Cat ears can be tricky….when to see a veterinarian, or not. Dr. Julia Georgesen offers ear care 101 in a video produced by the American Veterinary Medical Association.


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