AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of October 12, 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, October 12 – Saturday, October 18
: 573
Daily Average: 81.9
2014 High Avg.: 117.71 (week of October 5)
Notes: High levels of coverage continued this week from AVMA’s mention in several articles about Ebola and pets, as well as an A.P. story on knee ligament surgeries in dogs.

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Officials hope to have a protocol soon regarding pets and Ebola
Chicago Tribune
. … Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA CEO, says, “Like you, we’ve received many inquiries; certainly the public is concerned. We’re working to create a specific protocol, though there remain many unknowns. …”

Infected nurse’s quarantined dog may inspire Ebola pet protocols
McClatchy D.C.
. … According to Christine Hoang, a veterinarian who is an assistant director of the American Veterinary Medical Association, “We have no known evidence that dogs will be clinically infected with the Ebola virus. …”

Ebola and dogs
San Jose Mercury News
. … Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, says it appears that dogs who are exposed to Ebola are able to generate antibodies to the virus. “There have been no human cases of Ebola associated with dogs,” Aspros says. “All dogs that were tested remained asymptomatic; there was no evidence of transmission. …”

Can pets get or spread Ebola? 
. … With so many answers still unknown, the CDC says it is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Veterinary Medical Association and other partners to develop additional guidance for the U.S. pet population. …

Media coverage makes dog owner concerned about Ebola
Boston Herald
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association has been working with the CDC and other agencies because veterinarians are at the front lines of public health, especially when it comes to diseases where animals may be involved, and zoonoses, which are those diseases transmitted across species lines. …

Rough-and-tumble dogs top people on knee surgery
Yahoo! News (A.P.)
. … Dogs don’t have an ACL, but a similar cranial cruciate ligament, or CrCL. Lirtzman doesn’t believe the numbers of dogs getting knee ligament operations have changed much since figures were published about five years ago in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The journal estimated just over a million CrCL surgeries were being done each year. …

Answers to some common questions about pit bulls after three local attacks
The Oregonian
. … In a study published in the December 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that the breed of dog could not be reliably identified in 80 percent of bite cases. …

British parrot returns four years later, speaking Spanish
Christian Science Monitor
. … A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association confirmed the high rate of return of microchipped dogs and cats to their families. Only about 22 percent of lost dogs left at animal shelters were reunited with their families, but the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent. …

Animal shelter honors longtime veterinarian
Elko Daily Free Press (Nev.)
He’s been the president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and he cared for chimpanzees that went to space, but on Saturday Dr. Jack Walther was honored for his dedicated service to the Elko Animal Shelter.

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