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 [...]
We all love our cats, and we want to maintain a great relationship. Destruction of furniture can put a wedge in the relationship. First thing, scratching is a natural marking behavior. We are going to teach you how to encourage another natural behavior instead, rubbing. Synthetic pheromones are your friend in this case. We will show you how to apply them - it is VERY easy. Next we show you how to apply another product that will attract your cat to things you would like him to scratch. You will be amazed at how easy this is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybuyAw7OmAE Hi, everyone. Tonight, we're going to teach you how to keep your cat from scratching your couch. So the first thing you going to need is a little bottle of FELIWAY spray. And all you have to do is spritz this on your couch once a day and instead of scratching your cat will rub. So pretty easy. Watch as I do this. Just a gentle little spritz. Great. And that's it. It all you have to do. Now, you want to make sure you provide your cat with something to scratch. So here we have a couple of scratching posts, scratching material. And FELIWAY has a FELISCRATCH product that you open up. Let me put this on here, where you want them to scratch. So you need to snip it open. Pretty easy. Be careful though. The stuff does stain, so it's going to turn things blue. The blue also attracts the cats to scratch as well as the smell. So you just cut it open and dab it on the material that you want them to scratch instead of a couch. So pretty easy to [...]
Why Won’t My Cat Eat? A Case From NOVA Cat Clinic This is a very common reason for cats coming to see us. There are a lot of reasons that this can happen. The first steps at the clinic are to get a good history. In this case, the cat would drink water, but when he tried to eat he would jerk his head back. He would also start to drool. This happened for 3 days. The first thing that happens is that all cats are weighed. He had lost a pound since his last visit. I usually start from the back and work my way forward. This insures that no issues are missed or neglect. Everything was with in normal limits except when we got to his mouth. He was very unhappy and would not allow for an examination. In these case, we often sedate to facilitate the examination. Other diagnostics discussed after the examination were blood work and x-rays. So this cat was sedate and a thorough mouth examination performed. A piece of string was found hanging from his mouth. Upon further examination look what we found. A thread and needle Cats can and do eat the strangest things. Once removed he responded very well and is doing great. I hope you enjoyed this case and we will bring more as they occur.
Calicivirus is a commonly spread upper respiratory infection (URI) in cats seen in shelters, crowded rescue/breeder environments and even in feral cat colonies. Fortunately, it is preventable with the FVRCP vaccination. Calicivirus is highly contagious to the unvaccinated cat no matter what age which is why it is considered a CORE vaccine by the AAFP and the AVMA. Let’s breakdown the FVRCP vaccine and show what it protects against. FV (Feline Viral), R (Rhinotracheitis), C (Calicivirus), P (Panelukopenia.) In the neonate and pediatric patient all 3 can be deadly. All 3 can infect cats by direct exposure (including sneezing), contaminated bedding, food/water bowls and by the human caretaker who fails to practice proper hygiene while working with multiple cats. Stress plays a great role in URI in cats in the crowded shelter setting. Calicivirus in particular is a URI that can be mild and subclinical or present “Virulent Systemic” that can cause painful mouth and throat ulcerations that can prevent the kitten from eating causing further detrimental effects on the body from malnourishment. Not only the mouth, but the nasal passages and eyes can ulcerate as well. In kittens, they commonly develop pneumonia from secondary bacterial infections or even aspiration of food due to the inability to properly eat. Some kittens even have joint pain associated with the disease. It is recommended that kittens start their FVRCP series at 6-8 weeks of age with boosters every 3 weeks until 16 week of age. Adult cats dependent on age and risk of exposure should get booster vaccines yearly or every 3 years by the recommendation of their veterinarian. With the pediatric patient it is important to remember that they need to be examined by a veterinarian [...]
Spring is around the corner and so are mosquitoes. These pest can infect your cat with heartworms. Click here to see more information about heartworm disease Take heart that there are easy methods to prevent and protect you furry friends from this disease. Revolution is an all in one product that will protect your cat from other parasites (fleas, ticks, and internal parasites). Zoetis has a rebate program that will help you provide great health care for your cat. The video will show you how to get enrolled. https://youtu.be/EiiM4R2Q4UQ
As the days get longer and warmer, we all want to be outside. We do get asked if cats can go out on a leash. The answer is yes, but it is best to practice indoors. Harnesses are better than collars since they are harder to escape. Most cats will get use to having a harness on their bodies. People do act like they have never seen a cat when they see one on a leash. As with most things cat, the cat walks you not the other way around. We have video of us putting on a leash on my cat. The second video is from Buzz Feed and is pretty humorous. https://youtu.be/CC66c2YSqPk All right folks. Let's see. Here we are. We're going to show you how to put a harness on a cat. This is Patrick-- Hi. --and Bart. So Bart is a really good guy. Quickly put this on around his torso All right, Buddy Boy. Bart is Mr. Tolerant. He is very tolerant. So you might have a little bit more difficulty at home with your feline. And you might let them get used to it. Just takes a little while. Usually most cats will acclimate to it, then you can take them outside and walk them on a leash, and everyone will look at you like you got three eyes. And that's putting a harness on a cat. See you later. Take care. https://youtu.be/9C1leq--_wM