AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of May 10, 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, May 10 – Saturday, May 16
: 719
Daily Average: 102.7
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)
Notes: The surge in stories on Thursday was due to wide pick up of press releases and wire stories mentioning the AVMA in coverage of National Dog Bite Prevention Week.



Reducing Dog Bites Starts With How Kids Approach Pooches
ABC News
. … National Dog Bite Prevention Week starts Sunday, and this year’s programs launched Thursday. Because children are the most vulnerable and easily injured, the American Veterinary Medical Association will focus on teaching kids how to deal with dogs. …

Pets and People
The American Veterinary Medical Association kicks off National Dog Bite Prevention Week today. With an estimated 70 million dogs in the United States, a reported 4 million people are bitten or scratched by dogs each year, meaning about 5 percent of dogs are involved in injuries to humans.

More than 5,000 letter carriers bitten by dogs in 2014, how you can help prevent these incidents
Fox-6 Milwaukee
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report that small children, the elderly, and letter carriers, in that order, are the most frequent victims of dog bites. Children are the majority of victims and are 900 times more likely to be bitten than letter carriers. …

What You Should Know About Medical Marijuana for Pets
. … Even so, the American Veterinary Medical Association hasn’t taken an official stance, and even in states where marijuana is legal, veterinarians are not allowed to prescribe cannabis products to their patients. …

Pit Bull PAC Aims To Ban Discriminatory Legislation
Huffington Post
. … Pit bull bans are known as breed-specific legislation, or BSL, and are typically enacted at the city or county level. Groups like the American Bar Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association have said for years that pit bull bans are bad for families and dogs, raise serious due process problems, increase the use of euthanasia in shelters and are expensive to enforce — and don’t actually improve public safety. …

Dogs, like athletes, can injure their knees
Albuquerque Journal
The Associated Press
. … 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. …

Doctors, scientists sour on raw milk sales
Norman Transcript (Okla.)
. … Those benefits notwithstanding, some in the medical community hope to keep a cap on milk that isn’t given the ultra-hot treatment of pasteurization. The Texas Pediatric Society opposes expanded sales of raw milk. The American Medical Association, American Veterinary [Medical] Association and Texas Environmental Health Association generally oppose drinking it. …

Pet Acupuncture Rises in Popularity
Bethesda Magazine (Md.)
. … The treatment, offered by area vets since the 1980s, involves the insertion of small needles to ease discomfort by stimulating the body’s natural reactions. In 2014, the American Veterinary Medical Association voted to begin formally working with the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) as an ally organization. …


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