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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. https://youtu.be/ZEviAbR7YCg

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

NOVA Cat Foster Update and Deworming

A very sad experience for us at the clinic.  Ellen works very hard with these "at risk" kittens.  Despite all of her efforts - some of the succumb to the simplest  of diseases - parasites. If you would like to help support the NOVA Foster - click here for more information. In Ellen's words Stanley's necropsy results are in. I am actually quite disappointed in the results. Despite all of the tests we sent out and several negative results, it was parasites that caused his body to shut down. This stresses the importance of yearly fecal testing on indoor cats, multiple times per year on outdoor cats, and especially on kittens.  

By | October 17th, 2015|Ask Ellen|0 Comments