Meet Cosmo Growing up, I always wanted a big orange male cat. And then, the summer before I started veterinary college, a litter of newborn kittens fell in to my lap with a little orange boy. I did not even name them at first, I was so nervous they were all going to pass away. They had fleas, and I truly did not know what I was doing. At one point during that summer, between taking care of them at night and working, I fell asleep on the couch. Lo and behold, that little orange kitten crawled up to me and fell asleep in the crook of my neck. It was like we chose each other. In fact, he has a baby book. Socializing kittens Since he was a bottle baby, and I did not know what I was doing, he was not well socialized after he left his sisters at 6 weeks to join me in Columbus at school. Although Cosmo is the most wonderful cat to his immediate family, the warmth does not extend past about 5 people in the universe. He is extremely fearful, and sounds like a velociraptor when I bring him to work. Fear and Arousal Cat like humans react differently to fear. When we are in stressful, fear evoking situations the amygdala part of our brain is aroused. Some of use act like a “deer in the head lights”. Others will fraternize to hopeful get a positive outcome. Others like my Cosmo lash out. The goal is to “get you” before you get me then I can run and hide to safety. All are normal fear reactions, but some allow for easier veterinary care. Cosmo is a [...]
Survey Drawing Winner and Results Happy New Year everyone. Elizabeth DeBold is the winner of our random drawing. Thanks to everyone for their time and opinions. We love to hear from you and try to change our services according to your needs. Here are the results from our survey We have add a few early morning appointments and are not planning to add any more. It appears that the evening hours are more popular. We will discuss adding a later evening hour later this year. Saturdays do continue to be our most popular day for wellness. Therefore, we will discuss adding hours in the afternoon while maintaining quality of care. NOVA Cat Clinic will be discontinuing our Loyalty Program. We are working with consultants on implementing wellness plans. We will mostly like start with kitten wellness, and perhaps Dental Wellness for Dental Health Month. Keep in mind the wellness plans are NOT insurance. They are designed to help with monthly budgeting. Here are some answers to your questions 1. I think it would be interesting to learn of the cat population of your practice. Breeds, Average age, Spay/Neuter percentage. That is a great question. We will work with our software to see if we can get those answers. 2. Feline CPR/First Aid. There are some online courses that may answer this question. Here is a link to the Cornell course click here. 3.I come to the clinic from Maryland because you’re the ones I trust. I have tried multiple clinics in my area and they don’t compare. Have you considered an MD Cat Clinic location? No plans to move into Maryland at this time. 4. Lessons on how to get a cat into [...]
Changes At NOVA Cat Clinic in 2019 These are changes we are working on from the survey answers. If you would like to add comments please click here First, we will be discontinuing our Loyalty Program. In its place we will have wellness plans. We are targeting Feb-March 2019. We are planning on holding semi-annual Happy Hour/Open Houses Here are some photos from our first Happy Hour/Open House in December, 2018 We are considering expanding some evening hours and potentially Saturday. Here are some answers to more of your questions. Potassium gluconate, pay online/ahead for fluids + fast casual style takeaway We are working with our bank on a method that you could pay in advance on line. 2. Cat grooming Cat sitting referrals/directory We are working on having both a digital and print directory 3. At home exams for those kitties who get very upset and anxious by a trip to the vet. We do offer limited house calls and can refer you to a house call veterinarian if needed. 4. Do you still do boarding? Our trusty house sitter had the nerve to get another job and she moved (we are kidding - mostly :-) so we may be looking into boarding our kitties if we travel In answer to that question, we do offer limited boarding and it fills up fast during the summer and holidays. Cats must be current on examinations and vaccines Thank you for your responses and comments. We are committed to providing your cat the best health care possible and you the best customer service.
Wow, what a year 2018 has been! The Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation could not have done any of this without YOUR support! This year brought in over 40 kittens for advanced medical care. Many of these cases were easy fixes, but several of our kittens needed more medical care than even we could provide. We needed to seek care with the specialists in our area so we could provide the necessary treatment, and you made it happen. “London Tube stops” were this year's name theme and we had plenty of names to use! Angel Angel, who came to us paralyzed from the waist down, from HRA(Humane Rescue Alliance). She needed to have diapers changed every few hours and had multiple skin and urinary tract infections to battle. She lucked out on having superstar foster parents (Lita and Karen) who have always generously open their homes and hearts for many of our special needs babies. Angel thrived and eventually a family in Florida that wanted a special girl just like Angel adopted her. Heathrow Heathrow was a shelter transfer with pneumonia. He spent two weeks in our portable oxygen chamber and received round the clock care until he was better. He quickly became a staff favorite and went to a home of his own with a cat named Moka. Love Meow featured Heathrow as well as other social media feline sites. Jubilee Jubilee came all the way from Spotsylvania County, VA. She and her brother were found in a rainy ditch at a day old and the rescue was not able to provide them with the necessary medical care, so they were transferred to us. While her brother was too ill and passed away despite [...]
https://youtu.be/W1wj7UDg6AA How To Keep Your Cat Safe During The Holidays We are going to talk to you today about Thanksgiving and cats. Because we do this every single year. Cats like turkey. We do this every year. So if you have any questions, feel free to just ask them right away so we can get to them because we have to make this a little bit short because Ellen has to go to the store because she's going to brave the grocery store a day before Thanksgiving FOOD SAFETY So first, one of the most important things about Thanksgiving safety is the food because there are a lot of foods cats should not eat at Thanksgiving.And it's always the day after the holiday where you see the most emergencies that are food related, unfortunately.So the most important things for your cats to not eat during Thanksgiving are the turkey bones, onion, garlic, raisins, grapes. I don't know a lot of Thanksgiving dishes with grapes, but--Also, those people still get those gigantic fruit baskets with grapes in them.Oh, yeah. That's a good point. Don't eat grapes. Well, you should. Don't let your cats eat grapes. And chocolate. Anything that's made with sorbitol or aspartame. Don't do that. What else am I forgetting? I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Pretty much just give your cat turkey meat. If that's what you want to do, that's the safest thing but in moderation. Stay away from the skins. NOVA Cat Clinic did post just a few days ago one of our safety sheets that we normally do on what you can and cannot give to your cats. Go ahead and refer back to that. It'll give you kind of like [...]
Can You Help Save A Cat In Need? The Patient Tigresse came to the Chris Griffey Memorial Foundation (CGMFF) because she has an oral condition. Her owners were unable to care for her and she was released to the foundation. She is 4 years old and very sweet. Her Condition Her mouth over reacts to the plaque on her teeth. This condition then results in stomatitis (inflammation of the gums, tongue, and mouth). She presented to the clinic because of excessive drooling and halitosis. She is severely underweight. Her blood work reveals that she is anemic and has low albumin. Albumin is a protein and need for growth and healing Options The veterinarians at NOVA Cat Clinic diagnosed her with stomatitis. Medical treatment includes antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication (steroids). Unfortunately, these have not been successful for her. The solution is to remove all of her teeth, a full-mouth extraction. Although at first glance this sounds terrible. Most cats respond very well to the treatment. If you think about it, cats do not need their teeth for the foods we feed them. We have seen many cats that have done extremely well with no teeth. First Attempt Unfortunately, the first attempt was not successful. Poor Tigresse also has severe inflammation in the back of her mouth. We were not able to intubate her. The current plan is to place her on steroids and try again in a week. Donations Please donate to help Tigresse with her veterinary care. All funds donated from now until the end of the year will go towards her care. The CGMFF is able to use over 90% of the money donated to help these poor cats. All donations are tax deductible [...]
Are All Internet Pharmacies Created Equal? Who doesn’t love the convenience of Internet shopping? One keystroke and boxes magically appear at your doorstep. As with anything good, there can also be bad. Our doctors and team at NOVA Cat Clinic are concerned about the safety of your furry friend. Since the beginning of the Internet, there have been individuals attempting to game the system. FDA LIST The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has listed “rouge” pharmacies. Click here to learn more from the FDA FROM THE FDA Furthermore, rogue online pharmacies offer potentially dangerous prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. FDA has issued warning letters informing the website operators that they are engaged in illegal activity in violation of the U.S. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, including: · for sale unapproved prescription drugs of unknown origin, safety, and effectiveness; · allowing prescription drugs without a prescription; · prescription drugs without adequate directions for safe use; and · offering prescription drugs without FDA-required warnings to consumers about the serious health risks associated with the prescription drug. OUR ONLINE PHARMACY - Therefore, we work with one online pharmacy that we trust and have a relationship. This is the only online pharmacy that we work with directly. To learn more about our online pharmacy please click here. We will write you a prescription that you can send to the pharmacy of your choice. We will not email the prescription to you since it has sensitive information. The information is similar to your social security number and we do not want it placed on the open Internet. We request when you use your prescription that you encrypt the document or send it via fax. Most pharmacies will need you [...]
Earn $25 - We Want To Hear From You Hard to believe it has been an entire year since our move into our new facility at 3838 Cathedral Lane. We hope you like the new facility and the expanded parking options. We like to check in with you, our clients to see how we can improve our service to you and your furry loved ones. For your troubles, you will be entered in a drawing for $25 in your account. From past surveys, we have expanded our evening hours and now offer an 8:30 appointment. As a result, we also have expanded out two doctor Saturdays increasing the availability of appointments. Furthermore, we want to know what service or products you would like for us to add. SURVEY Click here to participate in our survey. Thank you for your time and opinion. We will announce the winner of the drawing on Jan 2, 2019. We will also answer all questions that are given to us. QUESTIONS ANSWERED An example is “Can you offer more grooming options?”. We currently only groom cats that are in the medical need category. These are cats that severely matted. All of our current grooms are sedated. We have discussed working with having a groomer come on site if and when there are enough people interested. The groomer would be in their mobile van outside the clinic. Can you offer mobile and euthanasia services? We currently do have limited service. When we are not available, we recommend using Lap of Love.
Costumed Cat Contest Winner 2018 and Client Survey Who doesn’t love a cat in a costume? There were some great entries this year and the voting was close Costume winners Our winner is Tempura She is dress as Sailor Mewn She wins $100 in services or products. Her mother gets to decide how she will spend her winnings. Her picture will be placed in our lobby in a place of honor. Second place is Teddy, the Late Bloomer. Third place is Mr Piggy Survey We love to hear from you. For your time, there will be a random drawing for $25 in services or products. From your responses, we now have expanded the availability of Saturday hours. We have three 2-doctor Saturdays up from 1 in the past. We have an 8:30 AM appointment. Our latest appointment is now at 6:30 PM on Tuesday and Thursday. Would you like more contest? An open house? Happy hour? Different hours? Please click here and let us know your opinion.
https://youtu.be/pkrVC0SKS_0 How Can Feliway Help My Relationship With My Cat? Hi, everybody. Welcome back to coffee talk. My name's Dr. Erica Barron and this is Ellen Carozza our head LBT here at Nova Cat Clinic. And we're in Arlington, Virginia. And we're going to make this short today. But I talk a lot, so it might be long unfortunately because that's how I go. But today we're going to talk to you about our favorite products called Feliway. And there's actually three versions of this. So we're going to talk about what each one is and how we like to use it. So which do you think we should start with? The classic, since it's classic? Why not? This is classic as the first one that actually came out. Yes. This is that when you work in a cat hospital the one you use. Right. FELIWAY CLASSIC Okay. Ellen, tell us, where does Feliway Classic come from on the cat's body? Or where is it supposed to be, the pheromone? Actually, Feliway Classic is called the happy cat pheromone because it comes from the face and the ears or the head of the cat. So when the cat is actually marking territory, marking you, the furniture, walls, etc. those are safe spots. And those are their happy spots that they go ahead and deposit something of their pheromones, like their oils and everything, and they know exactly who's been there by the mark of the oils. And they also know that's a safe spot, they've been there, they feel secure. So that's how Feliway Classic works. Yes. So what we like to do is we'll spray this on towels, kind of air it out. The [...]