AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of February 22, 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, February 22 – Saturday, February 28
: 84
Daily Average: 12.0
2015 High Avg.: 44.6 (week of February 1)



Bill to put more livestock veterinarians in shortage areas
Augusta Chronicle (Ga.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association applauded Isakson and the bill’s sponsors for understanding the effect it can have on improving the health and welfare of livestock and sustaining agriculture production, said President Dr. Ted Cohn. …


Are dog vaccines making pets sick?
ABC-7 Chicago
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association said in a statement: “While adverse reactions can occur, they are extremely rare, and the benefits far outweigh the risks. Vaccination is the primary reason why deadly diseases like rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and panleukopenia have become much less common in U.S. pets. Pet owners should talk with their veterinarians about any concerns they have regarding vaccines, and to determine the best vaccination plan for each individual pet. …”

Tips on keeping your pets healthy during a winter storm 
Dallas Morning News
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has provided some tips to keep pets healthy when the cold just keeps on coming. …

In brutal cold, volunteers helping keep pets safe
Detroit News
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association advises pet owners to limit their animals’ time outdoors when the mercury drops. …

Guests vs. pets: Putting out the welcome mat for dog- and cat-wary visitors
Hartford Courant
. … A great many people of all ages are afraid of dogs and cats, and it’s a hard fear to avoid. The percentage of households with at least one pet (usually a cat or dog) rose to 62.4 percent in 2011 (the last year tallied), reports the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Experts put bite on pit bull backlash
Chicago Tribune
. … One issue, the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association article said, is that some dogs are misidentified as pit bulls when they are actually another breed. Jokela said that’s something she has seen as well. …

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