AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of January 25, 2015

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, January 25 – Saturday, January 31
: 173
Daily Average: 24.7
2014 High Avg.: 117.71 (week of October 5)
Notes: The spike in stories on Wednesday was due to AVMA’s mention in a press release mentioning AVMA member Gigi Davidson, who won the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention’s 2015 Beal Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service.



Shelters struggle to meet demand for adoptive pets
CBS News
. … Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, Chair of the Animal Welfare Committee for the American Veterinary Medical Association and Vice President of animal welfare for the Animal Rescue League of Boston, says guidelines should be developed by veterinarians to ensure the welfare of transported animals. …

Pets find pain relief using ancient method of acupuncture
CBS News
. … Not everyone is convinced the method works. Veterinarian Craig Smith, the complementary-care expert for the American Veterinary Medical Association, told U.S. and World News Report that it’s hard to know for sure if canines and felines are feeling relief from their pain. …

Raw food diet for pets: Trendy, but is it safe?
. … Raw fish, beef, pork, poultry and other animal proteins like milk or eggs may be contaminated with disease-causing organisms including salmonella, E. coli, listeria, staph, campylobacter and clostridium, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA). In a 2012 policy statement, the group recommended against feeding raw food to pets, noting that “cats and dogs may develop foodborne illness. …”

Cost-saving tips for cold-weather canine travel
New Jersey Herald
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association website points out that certain conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or even hormonal imbalances such as Cushing’s disease, can impact your dog’s ability to regulate body temperature. …

What to look for as your pet becomes a senior
Denver Post
. … According to the AVMA, senior pets require increased attention, including more frequent visits to the veterinarian, possible changes in diet, and in some cases alterations to their home environment. …

Rabies booster defends pets with out-of-date vaccination against the disease
Science Daily
. … The findings appear in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association study, “Comparison of anamnestic responses to rabies vaccination in dogs and cats with current and out-of-date vaccination status.” It is the first study to present scientific data for animals with out-of-date rabies vaccinations. …

Tails of Marin: Cats live long happy lives indoors
Marin Independent Journal (Calif.)
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there may be almost 30,000 cat-owning households, or approximately 63,000 cats, residing in Marin County. …

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