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What Can I Do About My Cats Snuffles?

Chronic snuffles Let’s face it, cats with chronic runny eyes, constant sneezing, and booger bubbles are no fun. Not only is your pet perpetually miserable, many medications over time just don’t seem to fix the problem. While many cats are great to medicate on a daily basis, others who are chronically ill may learn that being medicated is not fun. They don’t feel better, and for owners it can seem like they keep masking the issue and that treatment options aren’t working.  My personal cat's journey I’ve faced this issue with my own personal cat, Benny, for 5 years and had many declined pet insurance claims as they would classify my cat as having “chronic herpes” that will never be fixed. For the past year, no matter how we treated it he was miserable. He also started to pull away from being social, stopped playing with his foster kittens, and started to act out at my other resident cats. He did not feel well and we had to act on it. Working with Dr Saylor from VENT I made a decision after speaking with my veterinary team and Dr. David Saylor, owner of VENT (Veterinary Ears, Nose and Throat of Maryland LLC) that it was time to finally figure out what was really going on with Benny and a rhinoscopy was recommended. Doing proper imaging of his nasal tissue, not just x-rays, looking at nasal bone changes, obtaining biopsy samples, and a culture would give his veterinarians a proper diagnosis and allow them to formulate a plan for therapy after.  I will admit I was nervous. Very nervous. Not only was it happening to my own pet, which creates a bit of anxiety, I was [...]

By | July 13th, 2019|Ask Ellen|0 Comments

Kitten in Need, Survey Results, and Summer Solstice Party

Kitten in Need Munstrum is one of our latest fosters with a rather large problem that is going to require surgery to correct after the final imaging diagnostics are performed. He has a Persistant Right Aortic Arch (PRAA). This Arch usually disappears once you are born. In Munstrum's case the PRAA is pinching his esophagus so food cannot go down to his stomach. You can see the barium stuck in the upper esophagus. Help us get the medical attention he deserves. The PRAA will have to be removed surgically. Helping kittens like him also give our local surgery team the experience and confidence to support our program to elevate the level of care in feline pediatrics. To donate click here Survey Says Thanks to everyone who answered our survey. Our 2 most popular request were dietary management and dental care. The plan is do a diet work shop in September and a dental one in January/February. We will put out a notice in the August Newsletter for September workshop. Our plan is to offer a couple of options on dates and times. Summer Solstice Party We had a great time with everyone who attended. Plans are to do this again in December. There will be another survey to see what you would like. Tours? Games? Door prize? Thank you all for your support

By | July 2nd, 2019|Holidays|0 Comments

Helping Your Cat Survive the 4th of July

Coffee Talk is Back Hi everybody. Welcome back. Sorry, we haven't been here in a while. We've been very busy. Yeah, pretty much. We've had a pretty busy summer so far. Yeah. My name is Erica Barron and this is our head technician here at Nova Cat Clinic, Ellen Carozza. And today, we thought it would make sense to talk to you about the upcoming holiday, The Fourth of July. Because, as many people in the pet industry know, it's the day of the year that the most pets go missing.   The stress of the 4th of July Yup, pretty much. And it's usually just due to common misconceptions about common sense dealing with your pets during the holiday season. Because everybody's wanting to party, and host barbecues and whatnot. And they forget about the one person in their family that doesn't understand what's happening. It's so stressful. And it's just like any other holiday that we always talk about, it's a stressful situation. And The Fourth of July, unfortunately, is really stressful because not only is there strange people in the house, different smells, and now there's sudden loud noises. The noise The noise. The noises that are so scary. Because remember dogs and cats hear much better than we do. They don't see as well as we do, and instead, they can smell and hear better. So if something sounds like a gun is going off multiple times, and if you didn't know what was going on, that makes sense that that was scary. Don't you think? Right. That fight or flight response is way up here. And then the other problem is it's not even-- I feel it's not even the [...]

By | June 26th, 2019|Holidays|0 Comments

New Anti-Declawing Legislation in New York State

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.

By | June 19th, 2019|Community|0 Comments

Summer Solstice – CGMFF Spring/Summer Newsletter

If you would like to stay in touch with the foundation Sign Up NowFor Email Newsletters you can trust. Kitten Season Kitten season is in full swing here in Arlington, Virginia!  As of May, The Arlington Welfare League’s Kitten Academy has reported over 250 kittens in their foster system already. That’s a LOT of kittens, and many come in quite ill. The Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation itself has received over a dozen complicated kitten cases from DMV that needed advanced medical care, and we could not do this without the generous support by our cat loving community. Every dollar helps Your monetary donations help with: Diagnostics for our critical kittensAdvanced hospital careBlood transfusionsVaccinesSpay/neuterMicrochipsAnd much more!! With your help, we are able to lower the mortality rate significantly with the medical care these kittens deserve and have them adopted them out to the FUR-ever homes. You can make a tax deductible donation online click here : OR Prefer sending a check? No problem!   CGMFF 3838Cathedral Lane Arlington, VA 22203 Nice Swag to help the foundation There is new shop that supports the foundation! We have several cute designs of a few of our previous kittens we cared for in the past. We have T-shirts, tote bags, and stickers that have become quite popular, and a portion of the proceeds from the company goes right back to our kittens! Click here Non-monetary donations What if you want to help support the CGMFF but don’t want to give a monetary donation or sport some swag? We can always use supplies! Not only do WE benefit from supplies, but we are able to distribute supplies to foster families that are in need of the basics to help [...]

By | June 12th, 2019|Ask Ellen|0 Comments

What’s Been Happening At NOVA Cat Clinic?

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) [...]

By | June 2nd, 2019|Community|0 Comments

Presenting Our New Updated Rewards Program

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 [...]

By | May 22nd, 2019|Community|0 Comments

How Should You Treat the Patient, and Not the Disease?

My cat with Pectus My little cat Cleopatra came to me during one of my summer externships in veterinary college.  On my last day at the clinic, they presented me with a tiny 6 week old kitten with a congenital defect.  She has pectus excavatum, which means that her sternum (breast bone) grew in instead of outward during development.  As a result, her heart is on one side of her body, and on a hot day she is winded quickly.  It is not as common in cats as it is in dogs, and it also occurs in people.  This is something that can be surgically fixed if it causes dyspnea (trouble breathing) and hypoxia (lack of oxygen).  Although when you look at her radiographs and you feel her “dent” in her chest it feels severe, Cleo is generally asymptomatic so we did not pursue surgery. Idiopathic Cystitis Cleo suffers from “Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease” or “Idiopathic Cystitis.”  Some cats, when they are extremely stressed, will suffer from urinary symptoms (bloody urine, pain when urinating, making frequent trips to the litter box, urinating small amounts) without having an infection.  There has been no rhyme or reason to what triggers Cleo’s flare ups during her lifetime, but luckily with medication she recovers quickly. Ultrasound To be thorough, I had her imaged by our traveling ultrasonography group MiVu.  Although her urinary tract system looked great, the astute veterinarian found a small cancerous mass in her stomach which has already spread to the lymph nodes.  Cardiology We are so lucky to live in an area with terrific specialists.  Cleo had a wonderful visit with Dr. Peckens, a cardiologist at CVCA, to clear her for surgery.  Because of her [...]

By | May 11th, 2019|Wellness|0 Comments

Acupuncture and Aging

Slowing natural aging Everywhere you look, there is a significant amount of research dedicated to aging in our western society.  Ways to try to slow it, creams to reduce our wrinkles, supplements to help creaky joints and different puzzles to stimulate our minds.  Aging is not species dependent and our older kitties need special attention as well. Along with twice yearly physical exams, comprehensive labwork, parasite screening, appropriate diets and exercise, there may be supplements available to help our cats develop more gracefully in their senior years.  Essential Fatty Acids (like omega 3s) and glucosamine are some examples of supplements that may help decrease signs of joint disease in our aging cats.  Essential Fatty Acids are also know to help with mind health. Acupuncture can help Acupuncture may be a great addition as well.  One question we ask at every senior exam is, “How is our friend moving around?”  At least half of our wonderful owners reply, “They’re slowing down, but that’s just because they are old.”  Although some of that may be correct (I know I don’t always have the energy to keep up with my kids!), I would venture to ask why.  Why are they slowing down?  Is it due to pain from arthritis?  Are they losing muscle mass and cannot jump as high?  Is there abdominal pain so they do not want to jump?  Is there a lesion somewhere?  Are they having a harder time seeing the jump?  Do they just have a general lack of energy?  A good Eastern exam may help clue us in to some of these nuances.  Flexibility Another concern with aging is being less flexible, or having a harder time with change.  Cats tend to dislike change [...]

By | April 28th, 2019|Wellness|0 Comments

Update on Buddy – Diabetes Survey

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 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 [...]

By | April 24th, 2019|Community|0 Comments