AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of August 24, 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, August 24 – Saturday, August 30
: 53
Daily Average: 7.6
2014 High Avg.: 113.71 (week of January 5)


It’s National Dog Day! 7 dog things you want to know
Los Angeles Times
. … There were 69,926,000 dogs in 36.5% of homes in the United States as of 2012, the American Veterinary Medical Assn. reports. That’s an average of 1.6 per household. By comparison, there were 74,059,000 cats in 30.4% of homes, or an average of 2.1 per household. …

Veterinarian group promotes alternatives to declawing cats
Chicago Tribune
. … The AVMA statement points to situations where declawing may be necessary to keep cats with their families and prevent euthanasia. Cats with intact claws can inadvertently cause injury or disease in elderly people with thin skin, diabetics, and people who are immune-compromised, according to some physicians. …

Tennessee Walking Horses need protection of PAST Act
The Tennessean
. … That’s why the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Horse Council and a multitude of horse industry and breed organizations have all come to the conclusion that the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406, is the only solution to end soring. …

My Pet World: Do more tests to find cause of cat’s ear infections
St. Paul Pioneer Press
These reader questions on pet behavior were answered by veterinary behaviorists at the Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association, held July 25-29 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

How to keep pet food safe
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, humans should also be careful when handling pet food in case it is contaminated. The AVMA recommends pet owners wash their hands thoroughly before and after handling pet food and treats. Adults should also supervise children when they are around pet food. …

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