AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of March 8, 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, March 8 – Saturday, March 14
: 737
Daily Average: 105.3
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)
Notes: Tuesday’s spike in stories was driven by AVMA’s mention in a widely distributed A.P. story on the New York City Board of Health voting to uphold the city’s ban on pet ferrets.



7 Questions Vets Wish You’d Ask Them About Your Pet
Yahoo! News
. … As much as we’d like to not think about it, dogs age faster than people. That means they need checkups more often, notes Joseph Kinnarney, veterinarian and president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

NYC Ban on Keeping Ferrets as Pets Stays, Health Board Rules
ABC News
. … Related to weasels, ferrets are believed to have been domesticated about 2,000 years ago. They have gained popularity as pets in recent decades, spotlighted by such celebrity fans as Paris Hilton. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimated in 2012 that some 334,000 households nationwide have ferrets, a minute fraction of those with dogs or cats. …

Frightened by Fluffy or Fido? How guests, hosts can make the visit easier.
Miami Herald
. … 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. …

Veterinarian: Pet Vaccinations Offer Huge Benefits, Pose Slim Risks
Wisconsin Public Radio
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association has lists of diseases that are common in cats and dogs that can be prevented with vaccination. They also have a page with frequently asked questions about pet vaccinations. …

Take a Bow, America: What Every U.S. State Is Best at
Yahoo! Travel
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 47.9% of households in Arkansas owned a dog in 2011. …

Using Pot to Treat Your Pets
. … Though they aren’t government-regulated and haven’t been widely studied—and the American Veterinary Medical Association hasn’t taken a stance on the matter—many owners insist the cannabis-based treatments now available for animals alleviate their pets’ ailments when traditional medicine doesn’t. …

Bill eases vet student loans
Minnesota Daily
. … According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, in 2013, the average amount of student debt for a veterinary student was more than $162,000 dollars. …

Celebrate True Puppy Love with NATIONAL PUPPY DAY!
Seattle Post Intelligencer
The month of March brings spring, warm weather and most important, National Puppy Day! This holiday is celebrated on March 23rd and is fast approaching. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has provided some special care- giving tips for puppies. Like human newborns, puppies need special care.

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