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

My Cat Is Hyperthyroid. What Do I Do?

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 [...]

By | June 18th, 2018|Pet Safety|0 Comments

How Can My Cat Get Oxygen Treatment? 

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 [...]

By | June 5th, 2018|Community|0 Comments

Changes In Virginia Drug Laws

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.