The Year For The Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation

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 [...]

By | December 24th, 2018|Community|0 Comments

How To Keep Your Cat Safe During The Holidays 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 [...]

By | November 30th, 2018|Holidays|0 Comments

Can You Help Save A Cat In Need?

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 [...]

By | November 23rd, 2018|Community|0 Comments

Are All Internet Pharmacies Created Equal?

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

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.

By | November 17th, 2018|Community|0 Comments

Costumed Cat Contest Winner 2018 and Client Survey

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.

By | November 3rd, 2018|Community|0 Comments

How Can Feliway Help My Relationship With My Cat? 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 [...]

By | October 31st, 2018|Ask Ellen|0 Comments

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