AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of November 1, 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, November 1 – Saturday, November 7
: 488
Daily Average: 69.7
2015 High Avg.: 105.3 (week of March 8)
Notes: The spike in stories on Monday was driven by wide distribution of an article that mentions AVMA’s “Money tips for caring pet owners” webpage and resources.



As pets live longer, business continues to boom
Bend Bulletin (Ore.)
“. … There is a greater human-animal bond, so much more so than it ever has been,” said Joseph Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. “Now, the pet is a family member who does not stay outside like 40 years ago. Now, he or she sleeps with us, travels with us. They go with us everywhere. …”

How to Save Money on Pet Care
Foster’s Daily Democrat (N.H.)
. … Don’t skip the vet. If you’re trying to save money, it can be tempting to cut back on veterinary visits. But according to Julie Ciaramella of the American Veterinary Medical Association, “an investment in preventive healthcare can reduce your long-term pet healthcare costs.” Why? Because regular check-ups can prevent expensive complications down the road. …

Sweetener xylitol can be fatal to dogs 
Belleville News-Democrat
. … Worse, it also appears to cause severe liver damage within hours. Back in 2006, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association noted that of eight dogs that had ingested Xylitol, all eventually died of liver failure. …

Docking ending globally
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association opposes routine tail docking of cattle, stating that scientific literature shows no benefit to the animal and that docked tails can, in fact, lead to distress during fly season. …

Protect pets through winter with simple steps
McPherson Sentinel (Kan.)
. … Just like with humans, an animal’s sensitivity to weather depends on health, body fat stores and other variables, reports the American Veterinary Medical Association. …


One thought on “AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of November 1, 2015

  1. The insurance thread surprised me with the range of answers appealing to the premiums, which are 1/20th of the amount I paid in ’08. How can National healthcare be responsible for insurance woes experience by AVMA members? Half the companies are pulling out altogether, and the links to offsite companies have onerous guidelines. Clients are often not not aware of being shut out of coverage previously part and parcel of medical care experience.

    Perhaps I missed the point, but allow me to state, as one who pays all fees padded and otherwise, these financial discussions are lacking across the board. I am very low income so when thorough treatment takes several visits and given no break as a long standing client returning for verbal instructions rather than rare hands on treatment. Taking advantage of basic exam fees before an a opinion or script becomes so repetive as to make a client feel naive.

    An already anxious pet owner is weighed on financially and emotionally as the under treated pet fails to respond without scrapings to determine what microbe is at work, and expect even less help from a specialist sending us out the door with a &400 word. Everyone must get paid which makes the determined blame wide enough for each of us to carry without getting bombastic over individuals running to more extreme comments.

    A prior thread in my search of info for my senior beagles got off track. Still an interesting division of POV. I’d just end saying we all want more. The most helpful and compassionate seems to come from an assistant or interns as upset clients experience doubling of fees rather than an understandable increment. The heroes, despite gnarly operations of urgency, I feel, are those who indisposed themselves to clinic such as spay and neuter in our region with the wide range of no nonsense billing practice (e.g. affordable vaccinations) in a no less sterile, but caring atmosphere).

    I just wish more veterinarians could keep their practice yet leave off some of the 200 percent and climbing charges. All the charity goes to absolute charity cases as a write off and a reason to elevate the bill for a client who pays the full bill as a matter of course. When neighboring vets get the asking price, otherwise reasonable doctors will do the same, which adds up to cost fixing. Nonetheless appreciative if not just a might despondent, whether the results are less dental work and procedures having a degree of I likeliness to have occurred with strict orders from the office manager or whoever considers a good client is one ho pays exhorbitant fees.