AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of April 27, 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, April 27 – Saturday, May 3
: 59
Daily Average: 8.4
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)


Pet insurance: A good value or for the birds?
Yahoo! Finance
“. … Pet insurance isn’t for everyone, but it can be helpful,” says Dr. Kimberly May, a spokeswoman for the American Veterinary Medical Association, or AVMA, based in Schaumburg, Ill. “When you need it, you’re glad to have it, but some animals use it a lot and others don’t use it at all. …”

National Pet Week is a time to say thanks
San Jose Mercury News
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association has also suggested that people change their Facebook profile pictures to photos of their pets for the week. …

Could Your Dog Contract Avian Influenza Virus From Eating Raw Chicken?
St. Louis Post Dispatch
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Public Health 2009 H1N1 Flu Virus Outbreak page, there were numerous cases where humans infected other people, dogs, cats, ferrets, and pigs. Although some animals died (cats and ferrets), fortunately no humans were infected with the 2009 H1N1 by their animal companions. …

New law bans surgery that silences dogs, cats
Maryland Reporter
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association has maintained a position that devocalization should only be performed as a final alternative if other “behavior modification” fails. Literature on the association’s website acknowledges the possible implications of surgery. …

Where we rank: What makes a true South Dakotan?
Rapid City Journal (S.D.)
. … South Dakotans hold a special place in their heart for their furry friends and it shows. Our state ranks behind only Vermont and New Mexico in welcoming canine and feline companions into our homes. A full 65.6 percent of households in the Mount Rushmore State have pets, according to statistics compiled by the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Why does dogs’ urine ruin your grass?
Culpeper Star Exponent (Va.)
. … Both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association now recommend physical examinations every six months for dogs and cats. A pet ages 2-4 “human years” in this short period of time. Modern medical knowledge has advanced to the point that one visit each year is scarcely enough to personalize advice and care to your individual pet. …


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