AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of May 11, 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, May 11 – Saturday, May 17
: 775
Daily Average: 110.7
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)
Notes: Spikes in coverage this week came from wide distribution and coverage of National Dog Bite Prevention Week press releases from the AVMA, State Farm, AHA, and the U.S. Postal Service.


Bad Dog: 4.5M Bitten by Canines Each Year
ABC News
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites every year. …

Dog-Bite Claims Up 5.5%; Insurers Pay Out $483M In 2013
Hartford Courant (Conn.)
. … On Wednesday, the Insurance Information Institute issued its annual statistics about insurance claims related to dogs biting, scratching or knocking down people. The third week in May is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, a public service campaign observed by the U.S. Postal Service, the American Veterinary Medical Association and other organizations. …

‘Dog Bite Capital’: Postal Service says to train, restrain Fido
Orange County Register (Calif.)
. … On Thursday, officials from the Postal Service joined with veterinarians from the American Veterinary Medical Association, experts from the insurance industry and dog trainers in Washington, D.C., to kick off a national program to educate the public about stemming dog attacks. …

National Dog Bite Prevention Week
Santa Barbara Independent (Calif.)
The majority of canine companions deserve the reputation of “man’s best friend.” Yet, in the United States, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million dog bites occur annually, with approximately 60 percent of the victims being children.

Caution with dogs can be a safe approach
Marin Independent Journal (Calif.)
. … According to research conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association, almost “half of all bites are inflicted by the family dog” and “only about 10 percent of bites are inflicted by dogs unknown to the victim. …”

10 Tips for Working with Animals
“. … While the financial rewards can be high, the work itself is rewarding,” says Kimberly May, DVM, DACVS (Diplomat of American College of Veterinary Surgeons), and Assistant Director of the Communications Division of the American Veterinary Medical Association. “The animals we treat don’t tell us in words, but seeing how much better they are is an overwhelmingly good feeling. …”

Partners for Healthy Pets promotes preventive care, vet visits
Chicago Tribune
. … Formation of the coalition came in response to a continuing crisis in veterinary medicine. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), dog visits to the vet have slipped 21 percent since 2001, and visits for cats have gone into free fall, dropping 30 percent. Simultaneously, emergency visits have increased, indicating that people are waiting until their pets are really sick to seek care. …

Let your cat be a cat: Tips on creating a feline-friendly home
Yahoo! News
. … But in the latest Animal Tracks podcast from the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Tony Buffington, a professor at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, says that things can look a little different from a cat’s perspective. …

Animal Connections: Our Journey Together
The Oregonian
. … Presented by the Smithsonian Institution and the American Veterinary Medical Association, the exhibit explores topics about animals in the home, on the farm, in the wild, at the zoo and in the veterinary clinic. …

Four-legged friendster: Dog tech takes off
San Jose Mercury News
. … The rising spending comes at a time when dog ownership has flattened out. In 2012, an estimated 36.5 percent of U.S. households had at least one dog, down slightly from the 37.2 percent of households in 2007, according to a study released by the American Veterinary Medical Association, a nonprofit group. …

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