Are Lilies Toxic To Cats?

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

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

Would You Like To Help A Siamese Cat?

“Fala” is a wonderful 14 year male neutered Siamese cat.  He unfortunately lost his mother after her battle with cancer.  "Fala" has been a wonderful patient and we have seen him since he was a kitten in 2004. He is in very good health and at his last check up, all of his blood work was with in normal limits.  I used to tease his mother that Fala means talk in Portuguese.  That being said he is not any more talkative than most cats.  He is very sweet and a great companion.  He has been an only cat for the majority of his life. He did go on walks with his mom and acclimates to new environments quickly.  His mother meant a lot to all of us here at NOVA Cat Clinic and we promised his mom that we would help him find a new furrever home.  Please call 703 525-1955 or email if you would like to learn more about Fala. 

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

Meet Us At Meow DC

The Washington Area is going to have its first cat extravaganza. From the humane rescue league " Meow DC, the first large cat event of its kind in the DC metropolitan area, will take place Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Dock 5/Union Market in Washington. All of this fantastic feline fun under one roof! And all for a great cause – to benefit the animals, programs, and services of the Humane Rescue Alliance." To lear more and to follow Meow DC click here NOVA Cat Clinic We are very excited to be at this new event. We will have give aways and trying to help you have fun with your furry loved one. Tickets are 100% tax deductible. Click here to purchase tickets Venue The event will be at Union Market. For directions please click here

By | March 31st, 2019|Community|0 Comments

Is Pet Insurance Worth The Money?

In some cases it may be.  I want to relay the story of our clinic cat Buddy.  Buddy's Story Buddy came to us because of chronic pain and a behavioral issue.  With the use of gabapentin, meloxicam, and diet, we were able to control the pain from his declaw and the behavior changed.  We noticed that Buddy started drinking excessive amounts of water and his litter box was over flowing.  He also had a dramatic increase in appetite and was losing weight.  Diagnosis We did a physical examination and took some blood and urine.  You get three guesses and the first two don’t count.  Buddy had diabetes.  We started him on insulin.  As treatment went along, he did not seem to improve.  We slowly increased his dosage and he was up to 7 units twice daily. Most cats only need 1 unit or sometime 2 twice daily. Something did not seem right.  We started checking for other concurrent issues – hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, infection, acromegaly to help determine the reason for the insulin resistance. Everything came back normal, until we looked into acromegaly.  This is a condition where the body is producing to much growth hormone.  There is usually a pituitary tumor as the cause.  The first screening test is a blood test that is sent to the reference lab at Michigan State University.  After a week, the test came back elevated suspicious for acromegaly. Pet Insurance At this point, Buddy’s health care was in the lower thousands of dollars.  Fortunately, we had taken out an insurance policy with Trupanionwhen Buddy came to live with us.  We have a $500 deductible and the insurance company then pays 90% of his bills. MRI We took Buddy [...]

Does Your Cat Have Kidney Disease and Anemia?

NOVA Cat Clinic is participating in a study to help cats with kidney disease and anemia. If you cat has this condition, please contact us to learn how your cat can be enrolled.  Your cat will be helping millions of other cats benefit from this new drug.  In addition, you and your cat will be compensated. The kidneys are the body’s filter, but do many other things.  Kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin.  This hormone tells the bone marrow to make red blood cells.  When this stops, cats become anemic.  This is a very serious condition and can result in death.  Currently human type medications are used for cats.  Unfortunately, approximately 30% of cats develop antibodies to the human component of the hormone.  When this happens the medication stops working.  With the new feline version of the hormone, this will not happen.  All cats will receive the medication.  This study is to determine dosing.  Safety and efficacy studies have been performed.  After this study, the drug results will be submitted to the FDA. If you feel that your cats may qualify for this study, please call us at (703) 525-1995 or email office@ for more information.

By | March 21st, 2019|Community|0 Comments

What’s Up At NOVA Cat Clinic and Dental Contest Winner

We wanted to give you updates on what is happening at NOVA Cat Clinic. We also want to let you know about our dental contest STUDIES NOVA Cat Clinic will be participating in a couple of veterinary studies.  One is a study for cats with kidney disease.  The medication is to help kidney cats with anemia.  If you are interested in participating or learning more please email and put KIDNEY in the subject. The second study is to help itchy cats.  It you have an itchy cat and are interested in learning more please email and  put ITHCY in the subject.  WELLNESS We hope to have our kitten wellness program ready to start in early April.  We will be sun setting our loyalty program.  MEOW DC    NOVA Cat Clinic will be at MEOW DC, April 27, 2019 at Union Market.  To learn more about MEOW DC click here Washingtonian Magazine is also holding a Cutest Cat Contest.  There is a $30 entry fee.  To learn more click here.  DENTAL CONTEST Thanks to all that participated.  30% of respondents answered all of the questions correctly.  The winner gets a free dental cleaning for her cat. The other contestants who answered correctly will get one of our new NOVA Cat Clinic eco friendly bags.  Here are the answers to the quiz- The correct answers are highlighted in yellow

By | March 3rd, 2019|Community|0 Comments

Have You Ever Had To Say Good-Bye To Your Cat?

Losing a loved one is one of the most stressful things any person has to endure.  While writing this blog, I encountered the Holmes And Rahe Stress Scale. They list the top 10 stressors that affect people. The number one stressor for adults is the loss of a spouse or child.  In today’s society, our furry friend can be our children.  The loss of our cats can be devastating. They are with us in good times and bad.  There is no judgement. Our friends at South Paws are holding a pet loss group session on March 12, 2019 – Tuesday – 6:30-8:00 PM.  They are partnering with Chris Hawes, a Pyschologist and Certified Grief Counselor. For more information or to RSVP contact Kelly McLeod, a certified pet bereavement counselor – South Paws Bereavement Session

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

Changes in Virginia Drug Laws – Update

We have discussed the changes in a previous post. Here is a link. Synopsis 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) New regulation After the initial exam and prescription, your cat needs to return to the clinic to be assessed. The next exam needs to happen in 14 days. Once they have been rechecked, we can issues refills up to 6 months . We will re examine your cat in 6 months to issue refills As with any new regulations, there is a learning curve. So , we are striving to make sure we are following the letter of the law and helping with understanding of the new regulation. Our team will be asking about medication history at the beginning of the appointment. We will pay special attention to the pain medications. We hope to keep your cats pain free. Please feel free to call or email us with any questions or concerns.

By | February 21st, 2019|Community|0 Comments

Does My Indoor Only Cat Need To Be On Heartworm Preventative? – Update

As with everything in medicine and science, new data becomes available and recommendations evolve.  The need for heartworm and parasite prevention has become even more apparent.  Even "indoor-only" cats need to be protected With permission Dr Cathy Lund - City Kitty Providence, RI All cats need to be on preventive.  Heartworm disease is very challenging to diagnose pre-mortem in cats.  Furthermore there is no effective treatment for cats. Mosquitoes are everywhere and can become active in weather as cold as 40F (4.5C).  A new development is that it has been recognized that cats DO get Lyme Disease.  Ticks are especially hard to repeal and kill for cats.  Many of the anti-tick products are toxic to cats. Fortunately as early as April, there will be Revolution Plus.  This product is the same as Revolution but it now has a Sarolaner.  This is in the  isoxazoline class of drugs which kills ticks. To learn more about Revolution Plus click here This class of drug can be an issue for cats that have seizures.  It is not recommended for them. Click here for more information about heartworm disease. With Permission Dr Cathy Lund - City Kitty Providence, RI Prevention for your cat is easy.  Not only does this protect your cat, it protects your family.   My "indoor-only" cat is on Revolution. I could not imagine not having him protected.

By | February 16th, 2019|Pet Safety|0 Comments

Would You Like Your Cats’ Food Shipped To You?

Who doesn’t love the convenience of online shopping? You shop when it works for you and it comes to your front door.  Every day is like your birthday.  Hill’s Pet Nutrition has started a direct delivery service.  The food goes directly from their warehouse near BWI to your door. On the approval end from the doctors, it is much more streamlined than other third party services.  The Hill's web site integrates with our veterinary software.  Other services send us faxes and those are posted for the doctors to approve.  The Hill’s system is completely digital. They offer a discount on your first purchase and no shipping charges if you chose Autoship.  You select the time interval for when you want the diet to arrive.  All purchases are guaranteed, and your money will be refunded if you (or your cat) are not happy with the diet . Just send us an email to request a diet. You must be an active client to participate. Royal Canin has partnered with Vet’s First Choice, our online pharmacy.  Their web site also integrates with our software.  They offer a discount which makes this one of the least expensive places to purchase diet.  There is no shipping charge with Autoship.  The process is completely digital. If you are interested in getting started with Royal Canin, here is a link. You must be an active client to participate. Vet’s First Choice is the only online pharmacy that we use.  We will give you a written prescription if you wish to use another pharmacy.   Here is a link to a previous blog that explains. Please feel free to call or email us with any questions. 

By | February 3rd, 2019|Community, Wellness|0 Comments