Feline Myths Dispelled We're live. Hi everybody. Welcome back. This is Coffee Talk. And my name is Dr. Erica Barron, and this is our head technician, Ellen Carozza, here at NOVA Cat Clinic. Thanks for your patience because we're looking at two different screens, so if you feel like we're not talking deep into your soul because we're not making perfect eye contact, you might be over there with Instagram, and then we might be over here with Facebook. So thank you while we are, I guess, evolving-- Multitasking. Yeah. We're multitasking and evolving. Before we get started on the common myths of feline practice and feline medicine, I just wanted to say happy veterinary technician week to Ellen. We couldn't do all that we do without special technicians like her. For those of you who don't know, technicians are the unsung heroes of the veterinary profession. They are the person who's really-- I mean, the doctors are paying attention to the patients as well, but the veterinary technicians are really on top of their patients. They're monitoring every step of the way, they're making sure that the cats are having their cat needs met while they're in the hospital. They do everything between anesthesia to dentistry to phlebotomy to-- management, radiology, I-131, you name it. Basically, what we cannot do is cannot diagnose, make a prognosis, perform surgery, and prescribe medication. That's what we cannot do. That's what I can do That's why we work all together. That's what a doctor can do. Doctors need to do doctors' work, technicians need to do the technical aspect to make sure that the patients get the quality of care that they absolutely deserve. So it really truly is teamwork [...]

By | October 27th, 2018|Ask Ellen|0 Comments

Welcome Doctor Bazemore Hi, everybody . Welcome back. I'm Dr. Erica Barron and this is our newest vet here at the clinic. This is Dr. Kristina Bazemore. She's really, really nice. You guys are really going to like her. So Ellen had to leave because her daughter isn't feeling well. So I thought we'd just take a couple minutes so you could meet Dr. Bazemore and you could ask her any questions you have. I have a couple but feel free to jump in and ask your questions too. We also have this kitten named Mouse. Mouse say, "Hi " She likes Dr. Bazemore's laugh a lot so that's how it is. Hello? All right. So, Dr. Bazemore, where are you from? I am from Washington DC, born and raised. I went to public school here and then, attended veterinary school at Virginia Tech. Go, Hokies. Hokies ! All right. Hokies are fun . All right. What is your favorite type of cat? Well, I don't have a specific favorite type of cat but I do love Brown Tabby patterns so any of your breeds in Brown Tabby, I love them. It's always good that we all have different cats we like. Hi, Sophie! You wanted to ask us about FIP in cats? Okay. Hold on just a sec. We're going to go through the rest of these questions and then, we will talk about FIP. Feel free to put your question in the comments, though, and then, we'll circle back to that if that's okay. All right, Dr. Bazemore, what are your hobbies? Well, I like to sing. Well, I didn't get a chance to this summer. I like to go bike riding. The weather's been [...]

By | October 10th, 2018|Community|0 Comments

Update: Advise For Halloween And Your Cat

This is an update from a few years ago. Don’t we all love Halloween?  It is so much fun, but we need to be careful for our cats. Some candy can be toxic to cats.  How can something so wonderful be dangerous? Chocolate especially the darker types is toxic to cats.  Chocolate has caffeine and theobromine. When ingested, these two ingredients can lead to various medical complications and may even prove fatal for your cat. The artificial sweetener, xylitol is also toxic to cats. The ingestion of xylitol primarily affects insulin release throughout the body. Xylitol causes the release of insulin from the pancreas into circulation leading to a rapid decrease of blood glucose levels. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can occur within 30 to 60 minutes of xylitol ingestion. This hypoglycemia can lead to liver toxicity, liver damage, and ultimately liver failure. Xylitol is perfectly safe for people, but because of different metabolisms, it can be fatal for dogs and cats. So be careful to not let candy be lying around or fall out of your trick or treat bag Clikc here for a link to the ASPCA hotline Some cats love to play and then eat dangling decorations.  Just make sure the decorations are out of reach. Vomiting is the most common sign of foreign bodies.  We want to be sure you do not spend the holiday in the emergency room. Although we think of this more during the winter holidays, there are those of us who go all out for Halloween too. Be sure and stop by the clinic to see the decorations in effect. If you have outdoor cats, you may want to consider limiting their outdoor time during this period.  This is [...]

By | September 26th, 2018|Holidays|0 Comments

Coffee Talk Is Back-Kitten Version Hi, everybody. We're back. Hi, everyone. Welcome back to Coffee Talk. My name's Dr. Erica Barron and today we're going to talk about kittens. Is it working over there, Ellen? It still says checking connection. We're getting there. We're getting there. So Instagram will join us in a minute, hopefully soon. Today we're going to talk about what you should have during a kitten exam, your first exam. So the first thing you need is a kitten. So we're going to start with a kitten. And I don't know if you have met this kitten before, but he's a little famous. His name is Francis. Hi Francis. Oh, he's the cutest little [inaudible]. He's so cute. He had his vaccines today, so he's a little sad. He's very sad. He's a very small kitten. He's 10 weeks on. How big should he be? He should be well over 2 pounds by now. He just hit a pound and a half. He just hit a pound and a half. He's a little man. So the first thing you need is a kitten at a kitten exam. He's a kitten. One of the things we like you to bring on a kitten exam is a fecal sample because most kittens have intestinal parasites. It's okay if they have intestinal parasites because we can treat them. We just need to know which ones they have because there's not one anthelmintic that kills everything. Because if there was that would make our lives easy. But then it would actually make our lives difficult because then the bugs would become resistant to whatever we gave them and we'd have to choose something else. Hi from Seattle, it's nice to [...]

By | September 20th, 2018|Ask Ellen, Community|0 Comments

Will You Help Us Be Greener?

Will You Help Us Be Greener? We would love your help to reduce our carbon footprint. The team will review your ideas and we will vote for the best suggestion. The winner will get a credit for a wellness examination for their cat.  Entrees do not need to be from the Washington, DC metro, but must be over 18 to enter.  However, if you do not live in the DMV it may be challenging to collect your prize. If you are not a current client, the prize includes a house call if you are with in 5 miles from 3838 Cathedral Lane - Arlington, VA 22203. Team members will have a separate contest, and we will post the winner and runners up next month.  The deadline for submission is Sept. 18. Click here to send us your suggestions. We would like to let you know what have already done. The move to 3838 Cathedral from 923 N Kenmore has helped us reduce our footprint. Obviously going from a 100-year-old house to a mid-century remodel is going to have technology improvements. For starters we have double paned windows and better insulation. The new building is double the older space, but our power bills have remained the same because of the efficiency. Better plumbing has decreased our plumbing bill to a quarter of what it was in the older building. Our team members try to use mass transit, cycle or walk to work. That is not a change from the older building, and something we will continue to do. To make using Metro easier for Team Members we do offer SMART benefits.  We do now have a bike rack in the front of 3838 Cathedral. We have [...]

By | September 1st, 2018|Community|0 Comments

Welcome Our New Veterinarian – Kristina Bazemore, DVM

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.  

By | August 20th, 2018|Community|0 Comments

How Can I Get My Cat To The Vet?

How Can I Get My Cat To The Vet? Dr Barron and Ellen's coffee talk is back 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 [...]

By | August 13th, 2018|Wellness|0 Comments

My Cat Has A Heart Murmur. How Do I Proceed?

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 [...]

By | July 23rd, 2018|Wellness|0 Comments

Are Cannabis Products Safe And Effective For My Cat?

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?

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 [...]

By | June 28th, 2018|Community|0 Comments