AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of December 14, 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, December 14 – Saturday, December 20
: 69
Daily Average: 9.9
2014 High Avg.: 117.71 (week of October 5)



Travel safely with your pet this holiday: 15 tips
Newsday (N.Y.)
Traveling with your pet can be tricky, especially during the bustle of the holiday season. If your dog or cat is old, sick or doesn’t handle traveling well, consider leaving them at a pet hotel or with a pet sitter. If you do choose to bring your pet along on a trip this holiday, consider following these travel safety tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association….

Pet medicines: How safe are they?
Indianapolis Star
“. … If tens of thousands of dollars are at stake every time a pet is injured or killed, pet litigation will become a cottage industry,” wrote attorneys representing the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Animal Health Institute and other powerful associations in 2012. …

‘Cruel’ pet tattoos and piercings banned in New York after outrage over artist inking love heart on sedated dog and bragging about it on Instagram
Daily Mail (U.K.)
. … At the time, a spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association said they had policies against tattoos because, ‘it’s not good for the dog.’ …

Group gives beaten horse 2nd chance
Longview News-Journal (Texas)
. … A horse’s average lifespan is 30 years, costing about $1,825 annually to provide basic care, not including veterinary or farrier services, according to Kimberly Anne May, a veterinarian and spokeswoman for the Illinois-based American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Spay & Neuter Clinic’s ‘Happy Neuter Year’
Oregon Herald
. … Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for puppies and kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Keep your pets safe during holidays
Portland Tribune (Ore.)
. … With the holiday season in full swing, the American Veterinary Medical Association has issued a reminder to ensure your pets stay healthy over the holiday season. …

Staycation — canine edition
Connecticut Post
. … Citywide, Stamford is home to 28,000 dogs or more, if an online calculator is accurately maintained by the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Veterinary program’s future on the table at 2015 Legislature
Billings Gazette (Mont.)
. … Large animal veterinarians, the kind that keep the pulse of Montana’s $3 billion livestock economy, are in short supply. There are more than 1,000 counties in the United States with no veterinarian committed to livestock, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Mini horses have big impact
The Columbian (Wash.)
. … On the Web: American Veterinary Medical Association’s guidelines for animal assisted activity: …

A ‘Reindeer’ Check
St. Augustine News (Fla.)
. … The president of the World Veterinary Association (as well as being the former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association), just reported on the AVMA website, that she made her trip to the North Pole to make sure the team was up-to-date on their vaccinations and healthy as ‘magical horses’ so they can work hard without fear of catching a cold on Christmas Eve. …

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