AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of June 7, 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, June 7 – Saturday, June 13
: 155
Daily Average: 22.1
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)
Notes: The spike in stories on Wednesday was due to AVMA’s mention in an Animal Farm Foundation press release about a new public service announcement on pit bull ownership.



10 Things You Should Know About Rescue Dogs
Good Housekeeping
. … Adult dogs are great companions, too. “They’re often calmer and less likely to destroy things than energetic puppies who need constant supervision,” says Bonnie Beaver, DVM, past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. …

Protecting Pets in Abusive Human Relationships
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
. … An article in the latest Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association discusses some of the problems faced by victims and pets of abuse and highlights federal legislation that might help abuse victims. …

Michigan senator introduces Pet and Women Safety Act
WNDU-TV (Ind.)
. … The PAWS Act has been endorsed by the Humane Society, National Sheriff’s Association, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. …

Pit bull advocates say the breed is misunderstood
San Antonio Express-News
. … In February, the American Veterinary Medical Association published “The Role of Breed in Dog Bite Risk and Prevention.” The report, which reviewed previous scientific studies on the topic, concluded that “breed is a poor sole predictor of dog bites. Controlled studies reveal no increased risk for the group blamed most often for dog bites, ‘pit bull-type’ dogs. …”

Dog flu outbreak: How to protect your pooch
Sacramento Bee
. … While the disease has not been shown to spread to humans, it can be easily passed from dog to dog, leading park officials in some areas to put warning signs about it in dog parks. For Sacramento dog owners planning to take their pups out and about this summer, here are some tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association: …

When is it time for pet hospice?
The Coloradoan
. … In response to the significant growth of pet hospice programs across the country, the American Veterinary Medical Association offers the following guidelines for veterinarians and potential hospice clients: …

Veterinary group says the dog flu is spreading in New Jersey
News Record (N.J.)
. … The virus, also known as the dog flu, has been spreading throughout the continental United States, including New Jersey, so the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has shared tips to help dog owners better understand the virus. …

Hey, pet owners, tis the season for fleas
Daily Herald (Ill.)
. … The HSUS, AVMA and veterinarypartner.com offer information on how to protect our animals from fleas and ticks. …

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