AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of June 29, 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, June 29 – Saturday, July 5
: 80
Daily Average: 11.4
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)



How to Help Dogs Brace for July 4 Fireworks
ABC News
. … Dogs become anxious when they hear loud noises like fireworks and thunder as part of their natural instincts for survival, said Dr. Clark Fobian, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Don’t forget about pets when preparing for a hurricane
Yahoo! News
Tropical Storm Arthur was upgraded to a hurricane this morning, becoming the first hurricane of the season. As the storm bears down on the East Coast, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is reminding pet owners about the importance of including their animals in their disaster preparedness and evacuation plans.

Pit bull advocates salute new state law to prevent discrimination against dog breeds
Rapid City Journal (S.D.)
. … Johnson said the reputation of pit bulls was based on fear rather than facts. While pit bulls are maligned in media reports, there is no evidence they bite humans at a higher rate than any other type of dog, she said, citing a 2013 study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Easy ways to keep up with growing list of recalls
KNXV-TV (Ariz.)
. … Did you miss an alert about your pet food? That info can be found here. It’s run by the American [Veterinary] Medical Association. It also lists recalled pet medicines and what to do next if you have the product. …

Dog Days dangers: Man’s best friend needs care during summer’s hottest weather
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
. … The ASPCA, American Veterinary Medical Association, Animal Rescue League, Pittsburgh, and others offer these suggestions: …

How to help your pet get through the Fourth of July
Cleveland Plain Dealer
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association says that if you’re hosting a big party for the Fourth of July, it may be less stressful for your pet if you keep him or her away from unfamiliar visitors. But make sure that the animal is in a cool place with plenty of clean water. …

Eight dogs rescued from hot vehicle, owner arrested
First Coast News (Fla.)
. … According to the National Weather Service, the high temperature in Fort Myers on Sunday was 96, a record. For a closed vehicle on a 95-degree day, the inside temperature will climb to 133 degrees within 40 minutes, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Dogs left in hot vehicles
KEPR-TV (Wash.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association says if it’s 90 degrees outside, it’s 145 degrees inside your car. In fact, the temperature inside your car can rise to almost 30 degrees within 20 minutes. …

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