The answer is yes BUT only for cats that need sedation to be groomed. If your cat does not need sedation we recommend The Groomery on Glebe. The head groomer/owner, Belle is wonderful and will do a great job for your furry friend. If your cat is severely matted (which happens to the best of us), we will administer medication to help decrease anxiety. Fortunately, Bell comes to the clinic periodically to groom these cats that need some help tolerating clippers. We will only be performing grooming on Mondays. Qualifications for a grooming at NOVA Cat Clinic To have a sedated groom, your cat needs to be a patient. One of the doctors needs to evaluate your cat. We need to be sure that sedation will be safe. During the sedated groom there will be a doctor or licensed veterinary technician monitoring your cat. We only perform one type of cut and that is a “clown cut”. This is similar to Henry Ford and the Model "T". You can have your car in any color as long as it is black. We will do any cut as long as it is a "clown cut" Clown cut Top View Clown Cut Please feel free to call - 703 525-1955 - or email us for more information.
First Workshop Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey for the best times to come in for a workshop. Our first workshop will be to help your cats get back to their ideal body weights. Overweight cats About 60% of our furry friends are considered to be overweight. This can lead to adverse medical condition, decreased quality of life and a short life. If you would like to attend our workshop – please click here. One will be September 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM and the other October 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM Treat chart This chart will let you know how many doughnuts you would need to eat to equal an extra cat treat. Hard to believe that 2 oz of tuna is 6 doughnuts !!! Additional resources Here are some additional resources Pet obesity prevention AAFP Feeding guidelines International Cat Care obesity advice
Previous Laws We have written about the changes in previous blogs. Here is a link to a previous blog As of July 1, 2018, veterinarians are allowed to prescribe 7 days of opioid pain medication and/or Gabapentin. After that, the medication needs to be called into a pharmacy to be filled. This can happen with our online pharmacy. All information will go into the national Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Updates on Laws As of July 1, 2019 Gabapentin has been added to the list of Controlled drugs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We need to see your cat with in 6 months to be able to renew the prescription. Most of Gabapentin prescriptions are to help with travel. We will NOT be able to refill any prescriptions that are over 6 months. The Rules for Buprenex have changed. We are able to refill prescriptions over 7 days. The legislature has responded to the need of cat owners. Buprenex has been challenging to find in pharmacies. This change should make it easier for feline pain management. We do need to see your cat every 6 months to refill the prescription. Please feel free to email or call us with any questions or concerns.
This is a little different blog for me. I hope you find it informative . Surgeon General's Keynote I have spent the last few days wearing one of my other hats, Delegate to the America Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) from the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). This year’s meeting is being held at the Washington DC Walter Washington Convention Center. I am honored to be able to work with the leaders of the veterinary community. This year I had the privilege to hear the Surgeon General of the United States, Jerome Adams, MD speak. A few things about the office of the Surgeon General – as Dr Adams said he is neither a surgeon or a general. He is a Vice-Admiral who oversees the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, an elite group of over 6,000 uniformed officers who are public health professionals. The USPHS mission is to protect, promote, and advance the health of our nation. The Surgeon General’s web site Jerome Adams, MD Dr. Adams is very humble and gregarious person. Everyone knows that the Surgeon General issued the warning on cigarette packages during the 60’s. In the 80’s and 90’s Dr. C. Everett Koop worked to combat the AIDS epidemic. He worked on education and destigmatizing HIV. Dr Adams has made combating the opioid crisis one main targets of his tenure. During his talk, he mentioned that his brother is currently in jail in Maryland for possession of heroin. So his family has a Surgeon General and a drug addict. He emphasized this to members of the AVMA. His brother became addicted from prescription medications. Any one can become addicted. Saving A Life He asked anyone who knew CPR to [...]
COFFEE TALK Hi, everybody. Welcome back to coffee talk. I'm Dr Erica Barron and this is our head LVT, Ellen Carozza. We have a special guest today which we will introduce you to in just a minute. But it's nice to see you here in Arlington, Virginia, and feel free to comment below with any questions you have. And today, we have a very special guest. We're very excited. I'm going to let Ellen do the honors and introduce him to you. DR TRAVIS STRONG Well, this is Dr. Travis And you guys all know him online as the vegan veterinarian. He has been coming up the East Coast since he went to go take his ophthalmology boards recently in North Carolina. So cross your fingers he has passed. And he can visit us here at NOVA Cat clinic. And today, we're going to discuss everything about the feline eye. So before we jump into that real fast, Travis, what's your favorite color? Probably burnt sienna or puce. One of those two. What color is puce? I think that's exactly what that was. No. That's great. My favorite color is red. And Ellen's is purple. Yes. We all know that. I wanted throw on a little ice breaker. Anybody below wants to tell us what your favorite color is that'd be great. But today, we're going to talk to you since Dr. Strong really likes eyes. We figured we talk to you. And help give you some tips about things you would want owners to know about eyes. So what is something you would want an owner who brought a cat to you to know? EYE EXAM Well, first of all, if [...]
Declawing Cats in the United States New York State is set to become the first large jurisdiction in the United States to make declawing illegal. Any veterinarian who performs the procedure for a non-medical reason would be subject to a $1000 fine. Declawing is illegal in may countries and some Canadian Provinces. More information about the new law and declawing Here is an article on the legislation from the Washington Post and the New York Times . We have a blog on how to help teach your cat not scratch your furniture - click here to learn more. Many veterinary groups including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) have strengthened their position statement against declawing. The Dr Katy Show I was very fortunate to be invited on the The Dr Katy Show to discuss the new legislation and declawing. A clip of the interview follows. NOVA Cat Clinic does NOT declaw. Click on the link below to see the video If the video doesn't load, you can view it here.
It has been an exciting spring and hopefully the beginning of a great summer. Educational Workshops and Survey The Team would like to start providing workshops to help answer questions and provide support groups for cat owners. Starting with Diabetes Care, we will be sending out invitations to those with diabetic cats. We would love to hear what topics would interest you. We would also like to know the best time and day of the week. Please fill out our survey and you will be entered in a drawing to $25 in services. Click here to start the survey. I-131 Treatment for Hyperthyroid Cats We are providing I-131 treatment for the treatment of hyperthyroid cats. It is a relatively new service and we are the only provider inside the Washington Beltway. We are currently updating the web site and will have more information available shortly. To see our brochure click here. Callie in the I-131 Ward Arlington's Best Businesses First, NOVA Cat Clinic was a finalist in the Arlington Chamber of Commerce best businesses. Click here to see more We were honored to be a finalist. Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts was the winner Homewood Suites by Hilton Rosslyn Key Bridge was the other finalist in our category. Both are great businesses and it was wonderful getting to meet everyone. Washingtonian Best Veterinarians Washingtonian Magazine honored us as one of the best veterinarians in the Washington DC Area. We are truly humbled with this recognition New Team Members and Web Site Update NOVA Cat Clinic in the process of updating our web site for June. We will have all the new team members and clinic cats updated. We have hired a new Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) [...]
New revamped rewards program We have changed our rewards program. The new system is easier and very much “old school”. Anyone enrolled in the old system will get unused credits passed down to the new system. We will launch on June 3, 2019 It's very simple – for every $100 you spend on an invoice, you earn 1 stamp. And once you've collected 16 stamps, you’ll get $100 off a future visit! Simpler to use To get this credit even faster, you can also earn special bonus stamps for things like referring your friends or bringing your cat in for their recommended exams on time. Best of all, it's totally free to join. So pick up your card and special name-tag holder at your next visit! To learn more click here to our Rewards Page Get stamps for recent invoices We love our existing clients, so until June 25, 2019, you can claim stamps for any invoices you’ve paid since March 1, 2019 (up to a maximum of 16 stamps)! To collect these stamps, you have two options: If you have an upcoming appointment, you can ask for your stamps when you arrive. Then we’ll review your records and have your new card ready when you check out.Or you can send our office an email requesting we review your recent invoices. Then, someone on our team will look at your records, tally up your stamps, and let you know when your stamp card is ready to be picked up. Only valid for invoices paid in full on or after March 1, 2019. The maximum number of stamps you can earn for previous invoices is 16. Cards must be picked up by the time our office [...]
Buddy post radiation treatment Buddy did very well with all of his anesthesia and radiation treatments. He is back with us safe and sound. We have survey at the end of this blog. You will have the potential to win $25 in services. Post treatment mediations Dr White placed him on a light short course of steroids. One of the side effects of radiation therapy is swelling. Unfortunately because there is not a lot of extra room in the skill, swelling can cause neurological signs. These include stumbling, stupor, or coma. The steroids help reduce the potential swelling. In Buddy's case, the steroids made his diabetes worse. We had to increase him to 15 units of insulin twice daily. Most cats are on 1-2 units twice daily. The steroids were greatly decreasing his quality of life.We called Dr White and she agreed since this was making his life uncomfortable we would taper him and take him off the steroids early. Potential side effects We are closely monitoring him for neurological signs. The plan is to give him a large amount of steroids if he does have signs. It should take 3-4 months before we see results from the radiation therapy. Freestyle Libre In the interim, we have started using the Freestyle Libre to monitor his glucose. From the early results, we feel that this is a game changer for glucose curving. We hope that all of us will be happier using this technique. Here is a video of us applying the Freestyle Libre https://youtu.be/oKmtAImG7MI Applying Freestyle Libre Our question to you for the survey is how you would like us to administer this disc.Please follow our link to the survey. You will be entered in [...]
It is that time of year again. Spring is in the air and there are flowers in bloom. We try every year to warn cat lovers that Lilies are EXTREMELY toxic to cats. My personal experience My birthday is around Easter. This year I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers. They are amazing. As I looked at them, I had a small gasp -Stargazer lilies. Toxicity These flower are EXTREMELY toxic to cats. If you cats chew on a couple of leaves, drinks the water, or grooms the pollen off their body, get the emergency clinic as quickly as possible. There is a toxin in the flowers that result in kidney failure if not treated quickly. Previous post and resources The ASPCA Poison Hotline Here are links to post from years past - 2018 2017 2016