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Why Is My Cat Eating So Much And Losing Weight?

Why is my cat eating so much and losing weight? Dr Barron and Ellen will discuss one possible reason - feline hyperthyroidism Anyway, today we're going to talk to you about hyperthyroidism. Feel free to ask questions as they pop up. We have a special guest on the other side of the room who's going to read them to us so I don't have to squint. So, first things first, what is hyperthyroidism? Why did we call this metabolism overdrive? Well, unfortunately, when it comes to feline hyperthyroidism, the ongoing joke here in the hospital is like, that's the perfect diet, because basically it's because your metabolism is in overdrive, but that's not necessarily a good thing, because when your metabolism is in overdrive a lot of your other organs tend to get stressed. So, unfortunately-- it is a treatable condition, but a lot of times, by the time we see a hyperthyroid cat sometimes their symptoms are way far out, and the doctors need to be doing a little bit more treatment than what everybody would prefer. And so this brings back the reason why we like to see our older kitty cats twice a year so we can kind of keep track of the trends, and to find out how their metabolism is actually performing for them. Because one part of their lab work is a routine thyroid test to make sure that they are not starting to fall into this hyper metabolism trend. So, as Ellen said, this is sort of like it's a joke where it's like, "Oh, if I just need to lose a couple pounds, I could just take some thyroid hormone, and there you go," but it [...]

What Do You Do With Your Cat When You Are On Vacation? Dr Barron and Ellen will try to help you with your cat(s) when you go on vacation. "It's vacation time." What does that mean for you and your cats? So Ellen why don't you jump off and talk about cats and vacation and maybe what things you should think about before you go on vacation. And we can give you some tips on if you decide you want to take your cat with you on vacation. Right. Preparation is always the key before you decide to take your cat on vacation. Number one, does your hotel allow it? Do your family members allow it? Is your cat a good traveler, etc.? Because you have to think about the pet first, even though you may want your cat to travel with you. Your cat may want to have nothing to do with this kind of travel because it is super stressed. So if your cat is not the world's best traveler, and you're only traveling for a short period of time, perhaps they shouldn't go on vacation with you versus if you do have a cat that's wonderful in the car, easily adapts to any situation within moments then, yeah, that's probably the kind of cat that would love to go travel and hang out with you. Kind of like when you see the new Camping with Cats and The Adventure Cats, it's those ones, I love them. I love the camping with the cats' website. I think it's so cool. Side note here, if you're going to take your cat on a trip, you need to have it on flea prevention, period. Yeah. And have a microchip and have harness and all that other fun of stuff. And please make [...]

How Do You Keep My Cat Safe During Anesthesia?

We get asked this question all the time. Dr Barron and Ellen answered questions during one of their famous "Coffee Talks". You may want to catch one of these talks on Facebook Live on Wednesdays.  A transcript precedes the talk. Today we're going to show you, using this really cute stuffed animal, how we monitor cats under anesthesia. Because we always have questions about, "Oh, what do you actually do? Why is a dental so much more than when I have a dental when I go to the dentist?" Well, because they're under anesthesia. And anesthesia, it has a lot of risks which can be avoided or minimized if we do proper monitoring. So that's why we do monitoring. But Ellen, quick question. This is on every anesthesia-- everything I've ever done. What is the most important part of monitoring anesthesia? It's always a person. All of the tools tell you what's going on, but the person has to know if something's wrong. So that's part of the reason anesthesia's so expensive. Because we need so many people staring at the cat, and the machines, and the beeps. Right? And the machines only complement what we can do. Of course, our number one tool we always use under anesthesia is a stethoscope. But the pieces of equipment we're going to show you today actually help us determine if we're starting to have an anesthetic-adverse event earlier-- Which we need to work on. Okay. So let's start. So first, we sedate the cat. We give it an injection. Okay. Then sometimes they throw up. Okay. That's done [laughter]. We don't want them to, but sometimes it happens. Then we go ahead and we put in an [...]

What Happened to Winifred?

Winifred is one of the kittens the Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation (CGMFF) helped to save.  She was an extremely small kitten that required extra veterinary nursing care.  She is doing very well in her new home in Upstate New York. The kitten season will be upon us soon so please help Ellen and the CGMFF help save orphaned kittens.  We will be posting information about the at risk orphans as they arrive. Your donations go a long way to help them and they are tax deductible.  Click here to learn more. To see more about Winifred click here.

We Want To Hear From You

It has been a little while since we performed a  survey.  From that survey, we were able to make changes you requested. From the survey, we have added an extra doctor on Saturday increasing  our availability.  We have added more evening appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have started offering limited house calls in Arlington and Alexandria.  We are considering expanding into DC and Falls Church.  This service is only offered to current clients. We would be most pleased if you would take the time to fill out our survey.  In thanks for your time, you will be entered in a drawing to win $50 in products and/or services.  Surveys will need to be submitted prior to Jan 31, 2017 to be eligible for the prize. The responses and winner will be posted in February.  Please make sure and scroll to the end - there are 8 questions. Thank you for your consideration. Create your own user feedback survey

Live Questions and Answers

Dr Barron and Ellen will be going live with Facebook Live. You will be able to ask both of them questions. We will announce on Facebook when these events will happen. Here are some questions people had for Dr Barron and Ellen: 1. Are there specific ingredients in cat food that we should watch for and avoid? 2. If we want to add a second cat to our household, how do we find a good match for our current household? 3. I have a question. My friend had a kitten. When I was with her the kitten had low energy and couldn't stand up on its own. She told me the kitten was normally energetic. We took the kitten to the pet hospital where it passed away. My friend told me the kitten had a recent vet visit before and was told the kitten was perfectly healthy. What could have caused the kitten to decline so quickly? 4. What kinds of toys/ treats/ foods that can help with my cats' dental care? We have an archived copy of the first session. We hope you will be able to join us. We welcome any suggestions.

By | December 10th, 2016|Ask Ellen|0 Comments

Vote Ellen Veterinary Technician Hero

All of us here at NOVA Cat Clinic are very proud that one of our very own has been nominated for the American Humane Association’s Veterinary Technician Hero award! Ellen Carozza, LVT has tirelessly fought for better veterinary care for cats. Thought her years at NOVA CAT she has always had an enormous influence on our patient care here at the clinic. She was instrumental in stopping the practice of declawing at our facility and is also our feline advocate for our Cat Friendly Practice. In this capacity, she has trained our assistants to use respectful handling of our patients. She also has worked to insure that all patients are pain free before, during and after procedure. Because of Ellen’s efforts with pediatrics, we now have a non-profit fund to help orphaned kittens. To learn more about our foundation, click here. On top of our own non-profit, Ellen volunteers her time with our local animal shelters and numerous rescue groups with their complicated neonate and pediatric cases and is always willing to lend a hand in any specialized care that is needed that their groups are unable to provide or have experience with. Her motto with neonates has always been "Every life deserves a chance" and she is willing to go the extra mile to make it happen.  In the past few years, NOVA Cat Clinic has become the 'go to' place for many complicated pediatric cases and we have had the pleasure of assisting dozens of complicated cases that would not have received the care elsewhere due to the lack of education with neonates and pediatrics. Ellen has also been instrumental in helping other technicians in the veterinary field become Feline-Friendly. She has spoken [...]

Holiday Safety Tips

Happy Holidays - have a great Thanksgiving. Ellen has some very helpful tips on keeping your cat safe for all the winter holidays.   Everything from foreign bodies to treats that could be toxic. Who knew that garlic, onions, and chocolate could be a problem? Everyone stay safe and have a wonderful holiday season

By | November 25th, 2015|Ask Ellen, Holidays|0 Comments