We want to welcome Dr Kristina Bazemore to NOVA Cat Clinic. Dr. Bazemore is a native of Washington, DC. She attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bazemore started out as a veterinary technician assistant in both a small animal and feline only practice before becoming a veterinarian. She has worked in feline only practices since graduating vet school in 2005. Dr. Bazemore’s areas of passion include senior/geriatric care, nutrition, preventive care, behavior issues and dental care. Dr. Bazemore grew up having all types of animals as pets and loved them all. She knew in junior high school that she wanted to turn her interests in and love for animals into a career. It wasn’t until veterinary school while working a summer job at a feline only practice that Dr. Bazemore discovered she only wanted to practice feline medicine. Dr. Bazemore was adopted by one loveable, sassy cat named TarJay at her previous practice. She also has a tank of misfit fish consisting of one arowana and four blood parrot fish. When Dr. Bazemore is not working, she enjoys singing, bicycle riding, roller skating and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Bazemore is very excited to join the Nova Cat Clinic family and eager to meet our clients and patients.
How Can I Get My Cat To The Vet? Dr Barron and Ellen's coffee talk is back https://youtu.be/b86eCafhp3A All right. Hi everybody, we're back. Ta-da. Anyway, my name is Dr. Erica Barron, and this is our head technician at Nova Cat Clinic, Ellen Carozza. And I am back from maternity leave. So we are back to doing our coffee with cats stuff, our discussions. And, today, we're going to talk about something that makes our lives easier when you do it. And it makes your lives easier when you do it. And your cat will be happy. So we're going to talk about how to successfully start a cat vet-visit at home. That was kind of hard to say. You mean to get your cat to the vet clinic at home? Yeah. We have to start for success by starting at home. At home. To get the cat to the vet clinic. That's what I'm trying to say [laughter]. I have an infant, so I'm a little tired. So we're just going to put it out there. So I'm sorry ahead of time. Anyway, whenever I think of the best ways to get your cat to the vet, I always think of two people. I think of Dr. Ilona Rodan and I think of Samantha Martin. Samantha Martin's with the Amazing Acro-Cats. And both of them really talk about how to train your cat to get into a carrier. In fact, Dr. Rodan has many pictures in her book, and throughout her websites and things like that, with just how the cat carriers just live out, not in the closet. They're always just out. And the cats sort of treat them kind of like dogs [...]
My Cat Has A Heart Murmur. How Do I Proceed? My cat has a heart murmur. The murmur was defected when he was very small. Murmur can be heard throughout life and different disease can cause a murmur. Heart disease is a younger cat disease. This seem odd since in people heart disease tends to be in older people. When older cats have murmurs hyperthyroidism and hypertension are our two main rule outs. In younger cats, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or benign valve regurgitation are the most common causes. For my kitten, we were concerned that it was something congenital. We made our appointment to see the cardiologist at Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates (CVCA). They are the largest veterinary cardiology group in the United States and have offices in various Maryland and Virginia. To learn more about CVCA please click here. Both the doctor and technician were great with Bart. Kittens like children do not have a lot of patience and the echocardiogram took about an hour. During the examination, the doctor was great about explaining what she was seeing. Bart has a hole in his heart or a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). This allows blood to flow from the bottom left ventricle to the right side. He has two holes on in the muscle and one in the membrane. This unfortunately is more severe than if it were just the membrane. This defect is also enlarging both the left and right upper chambers. Bart is at risk for left and right sided congestive heart failure. He has been placed on Plavix to help prevent blood clots. He is also on an ACE inhibitor to help his heart not have to push as hard. We are [...]
Are Cannabis Products Safe And Effective For My Cat? With the changing marijuana state laws, we are getting many questions related to the use of cannibal products. Hopefully we can provide you with some answers. The first new change is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears ready to approve the first drug made using Cannabis. To learn more from the Washington Post please click here. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has Cannabis currently registered as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. There are 5 categories. Schedule 1 means that it is highly addictive and has no medical use. Heroin and cocaine are in this category. As a Schedule 1 substance no research is allowed since it has no medical use. If the FDA approves the new drug, there is talk that Cannabis' schedule status may change to Schedule 2 or 3 in the next 90 days. The ability to do controlled studies should be very helpful to see where these products have potential in medical usage. In the Washington, DC area each jurisdiction has differing laws. In Virginia, use of cannabis is illegal. In Maryland, cannabis is allowed for medical use. Finally in the District of Colombia, recreational use of cannabis is legal. We get many questions about use cannabis products for cats. These products do not contain the active ingredient Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The products are like many other supplements. The FDA does not regulate them. No studies have been performed. Given these parameters, we cannot endorse their usage. We do not know if there is actual product in the supplement. We also cannot be sure if it is safe. This puts them in the same category as all other supplements. FDA does not regulate [...]
How Can I Help Kitten Lady Save USDA Research Kittens? This was a case of you learn something new every day. I received a phone from Hannah Shaw, Kitten Lady. A side note if you do not know about Kitten Lady. If you have any questions about neonatal or older kittens, she is your source for great information. Here is a link to her web site She asked me if I knew about the USDA research on Toxoplasmosis. I had not heard about it. She informed me that the USDA infects kittens with Toxoplasmosis to learn more about the disease. Unfortunately at the end of the studies the kittens are euthanized. The reason given is that they are unsuitable for adoption since they carry a disease that is contagious to humans. I was astonished to hear this. Although cats are the definite host for Toxoplasmosis (the parasite can live its entire life cycle in cats), it is not a fatal disease. Cats only shed the ooyctes (eggs) for 1 week their entire life. About 30% of people in the United States are positive for this parasite. Most cats and humans may or may not experience flu like symptoms. When symptoms are severe, an antibiotic, clindamycin or anti protozoal, ponazuril, can be used to alleviate clinical signs. Most cats have no issues with the disease. Toxoplasmosis can be an issue for pregnant women or immune-compromised individuals. There are easy methods for prevention. Most involve good hygiene practices. To learn more here is a link to the CDC web site When watchdog group White Coat Waste Project uncovered details of the research project, Congressmen Mike Bishop and Jimmy Panetta have co-sponsored the KITTEN — Kittens in Traumatic [...]
Our very own clinic cat, Emme had started acting strange in the last few months. She has been ravenously hunger, yet lost weight. She is not thin, but for her she is on the light side. She has been grooming excessively. Her behavior has become quirky over the last few months. We decided that it was a good time to examine her and take some blood. On her physical exam, it was noted that she had a very small heart murmur. She also had lost a pound since her last examination in December. The blood revealed that she had a T4 level of 4.3 (0.8-4.0 normal). Her thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) was <0.03 (0.0-0.3 normal). Given these results, we determined that she was hyperthyroid. Hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine disease of cats. It is estimated that 10% of all cats become hyperthyroid. Fortunately, the disease is curable or controllable. There are 2 cure choices and 2 control ones. For control there is a medication call methimazole or a low iodine diet called y/d Since Emme is only 10 years old and the rest of her blood work was with in normal limits, we decided on cure. The 2 cure choices are nuclear medicine, iodine (I-131) or surgery. Currently nuclear medicine is considered the gold standard. Surgery has more risk since it involves anesthesia. In the past, we used to do a trial with the medication, methimazole for 2 weeks then consider the I-131 treatment. Studies have shown that the trial does not help with predicting the outcome. So Monday, June 18, 2018 was Emme’s big day. We had cameras so you were able to watch her from outside and inside the cage . We [...]
How Can My Cat Get Oxygen Treatment? We have had this question happen. There are times when we would like to transport a cat from our facility to an emergency/ICU clinic. In the past, we would do the best we could do to stabilize your cat, and send you out as quickly as possible. We would have liked to have been able to send oxygen with our patients, but it was not available. Fortunately now with new technology, we can send you with an oxygen concentrator to get you cat to the ER with oxygen. We feel with this new technology, we will be able to increase the chances for survival of your cat. Hopefully this will give them more birthdays. The new concentrator has a battery as well as a method to plug into your cigarette lighter (or now known as the phone charger outlet). So your cat can be comfortable and on oxygen while you are driving to the ER. Ellen has been using the technology to help provide Oxygen therapy for the kittens in need. With this technology, she has been able to save many kittens that would have been hopeless in the past. To learn more about the Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation (CGMFF) click here. To learn more about oxygen concentrators, click here. The concentrators are an interesting technology. They are much smaller and easier to carry. They also do not run out of oxygen. The clinic will rent the concentrator and oxygen cage. In addition to the rental, there is a deposit if the cage and concentrator are not returned or damaged. They are very light and easy to transport. We do hope they will be able to provide [...]
Changes In Virginia Drug Laws As of July 1, 2018, Virginia veterinarians will be required to report certain prescriptions to the Prescription Mandatory Program (PMP). This has been required of physicians and pharmacies for the last few years. Once the law applies to veterinarians, we will only be able to prescribe 7 days of medications. If your cat is in need of chronic medication, we will write a prescription so you can purchase them at a pharmacy. For most of our patients, there are only 2 drugs that are affected. The first is gabapentin. If more than 7 days is needed, we will write or call in a prescription. The second drug is buprenorphine. Not every pharmacy carries this drug. We have located some pharmacies that should be able to help with this medication. There is still some interpretation that will be happening. As we learn more we will keep you informed. Please feel free to contact use with any questions or concerns.
Ellen, Benny, and Catego have joined together to help homeless kittens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGw_X0VKalg I heard about NOVA Cat Clinic in the newspaper. And I remember going through the classified ads and seeing this cat hospital looking for a technician. And it was just a big circle on the page. It came down to the wire of, "Wow. My God, this cat hospital is so amazing. They love the cats. It's quiet." They genuinely knew what they were talking about. It wasn't just preventative medicine. They have a great doctor to staff to patient ratio. And you're around cats all day. And I was like, "I want to work with these cats and I have not heard back from them." And I remember picking up the phone and calling them up and going, "Do you want me or not?" They were like, "Yes. We want you. Come aboard." And so I've been here since 2002 as the only licensed veterinary technician. But it's not always just petting and snuggling. A lot of our patients are very ill. We can have anywhere from 3 to 5 medical procedures to over 20 appointments in any given day. And having multiple doctors in the feline-only practice only makes us a lot busier. The Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation is very near and dear to our hearts. It is named after one of our previous assistants that worked with us for over 10 years who committed suicide. The clients loved Chris. He was always asked for as one of the assistants in the room, so he made a really big impact. So we wanted to continue that impact. Neonates are no different than your other standard patient; that they deserve [...]
How Can I Give My Cat Medication? We get this question all the time. Every cat is different and we are going to show you one of the easier methods of administering medication. I hope this help you with your cat. https://youtu.be/JmDgdleObFE Hi, everyone. So, tonight we're going to teach you how to give your cat chronic medications that don't taste very good. So, a few essential things, one, our empty gelatin capsules. These are going to be your best friend. These are size number four, the smaller the number, the larger the size. We're going to give Bart two medications. He's on Plavix, which tastes pretty terrible, and cats really hate it, and enalapril, which is to clot his blood. So, your next best friend is the pill-cutter, and he gets a quarter of each pill once a day. So, we're going to quarter these. First, cut them in half, and then we'll cut them into quarters. And they don't exactly have to come out exactly perfectly, just try to get it as close as you can. There we go. And now the enalapril and the Plavix, the one that they really, really hate. First, cut it in half, and then, here we go. And then cut this in quarters, and there. So, this is about four days worth of medication. So, we're going to take the empty gelatin capsules and grab one of the Plavix's, and one of our enalapril's, open this guy up and put one in there, and I'm going to put the other one in there. Then cap it, and this takes the taste out of the equation, which is really important. So, I put the medications in here, and [...]