It has been an exciting spring and hopefully the beginning of a great summer. Educational Workshops and Survey The Team would like to start providing workshops to help answer questions and provide support groups for cat owners. Starting with Diabetes Care, we will be sending out invitations to those with diabetic cats. We would love to hear what topics would interest you. We would also like to know the best time and day of the week. Please fill out our survey and you will be entered in a drawing to $25 in services. Click here to start the survey. I-131 Treatment for Hyperthyroid Cats We are providing I-131 treatment for the treatment of hyperthyroid cats. It is a relatively new service and we are the only provider inside the Washington Beltway. We are currently updating the web site and will have more information available shortly. To see our brochure click here. Callie in the I-131 Ward Arlington's Best Businesses First, NOVA Cat Clinic was a finalist in the Arlington Chamber of Commerce best businesses. Click here to see more We were honored to be a finalist. Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts was the winner Homewood Suites by Hilton Rosslyn Key Bridge was the other finalist in our category. Both are great businesses and it was wonderful getting to meet everyone. Washingtonian Best Veterinarians Washingtonian Magazine honored us as one of the best veterinarians in the Washington DC Area. We are truly humbled with this recognition New Team Members and Web Site Update NOVA Cat Clinic in the process of updating our web site for June. We will have all the new team members and clinic cats updated. We have hired a new Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) [...]
New revamped rewards program We have changed our rewards program. The new system is easier and very much “old school”. Anyone enrolled in the old system will get unused credits passed down to the new system. We will launch on June 3, 2019 It's very simple – for every $100 you spend on an invoice, you earn 1 stamp. And once you've collected 16 stamps, you’ll get $100 off a future visit! Simpler to use To get this credit even faster, you can also earn special bonus stamps for things like referring your friends or bringing your cat in for their recommended exams on time. Best of all, it's totally free to join. So pick up your card and special name-tag holder at your next visit! To learn more click here to our Rewards Page Get stamps for recent invoices We love our existing clients, so until June 25, 2019, you can claim stamps for any invoices you’ve paid since March 1, 2019 (up to a maximum of 16 stamps)! To collect these stamps, you have two options: If you have an upcoming appointment, you can ask for your stamps when you arrive. Then we’ll review your records and have your new card ready when you check out.Or you can send our office an email requesting we review your recent invoices. Then, someone on our team will look at your records, tally up your stamps, and let you know when your stamp card is ready to be picked up. Only valid for invoices paid in full on or after March 1, 2019. The maximum number of stamps you can earn for previous invoices is 16. Cards must be picked up by the time our office [...]
Buddy post radiation treatment Buddy did very well with all of his anesthesia and radiation treatments. He is back with us safe and sound. We have survey at the end of this blog. You will have the potential to win $25 in services. Post treatment mediations Dr White placed him on a light short course of steroids. One of the side effects of radiation therapy is swelling. Unfortunately because there is not a lot of extra room in the skill, swelling can cause neurological signs. These include stumbling, stupor, or coma. The steroids help reduce the potential swelling. In Buddy's case, the steroids made his diabetes worse. We had to increase him to 15 units of insulin twice daily. Most cats are on 1-2 units twice daily. The steroids were greatly decreasing his quality of life.We called Dr White and she agreed since this was making his life uncomfortable we would taper him and take him off the steroids early. Potential side effects We are closely monitoring him for neurological signs. The plan is to give him a large amount of steroids if he does have signs. It should take 3-4 months before we see results from the radiation therapy. Freestyle Libre In the interim, we have started using the Freestyle Libre to monitor his glucose. From the early results, we feel that this is a game changer for glucose curving. We hope that all of us will be happier using this technique. Here is a video of us applying the Freestyle Libre https://youtu.be/oKmtAImG7MI Applying Freestyle Libre Our question to you for the survey is how you would like us to administer this disc.Please follow our link to the survey. You will be entered in [...]
It is that time of year again. Spring is in the air and there are flowers in bloom. We try every year to warn cat lovers that Lilies are EXTREMELY toxic to cats. My personal experience My birthday is around Easter. This year I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers. They are amazing. As I looked at them, I had a small gasp -Stargazer lilies. Toxicity These flower are EXTREMELY toxic to cats. If you cats chew on a couple of leaves, drinks the water, or grooms the pollen off their body, get the emergency clinic as quickly as possible. There is a toxin in the flowers that result in kidney failure if not treated quickly. Previous post and resources The ASPCA Poison Hotline Here are links to post from years past - 2018 2017 2016
“Fala” is a wonderful 14 year male neutered Siamese cat. He unfortunately lost his mother after her battle with cancer. "Fala" has been a wonderful patient and we have seen him since he was a kitten in 2004. He is in very good health and at his last check up, all of his blood work was with in normal limits. I used to tease his mother that Fala means talk in Portuguese. That being said he is not any more talkative than most cats. He is very sweet and a great companion. He has been an only cat for the majority of his life. He did go on walks with his mom and acclimates to new environments quickly. His mother meant a lot to all of us here at NOVA Cat Clinic and we promised his mom that we would help him find a new furrever home. Please call 703 525-1955 or email if you would like to learn more about Fala.
The Washington Area is going to have its first cat extravaganza. From the humane rescue league " Meow DC, the first large cat event of its kind in the DC metropolitan area, will take place Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Dock 5/Union Market in Washington. All of this fantastic feline fun under one roof! And all for a great cause – to benefit the animals, programs, and services of the Humane Rescue Alliance." To lear more and to follow Meow DC click here NOVA Cat Clinic We are very excited to be at this new event. We will have give aways and trying to help you have fun with your furry loved one. Tickets are 100% tax deductible. Click here to purchase tickets Venue The event will be at Union Market. For directions please click here
NOVA Cat Clinic is participating in a study to help cats with kidney disease and anemia. If you cat has this condition, please contact us to learn how your cat can be enrolled. Your cat will be helping millions of other cats benefit from this new drug. In addition, you and your cat will be compensated. The kidneys are the body’s filter, but do many other things. Kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin. This hormone tells the bone marrow to make red blood cells. When this stops, cats become anemic. This is a very serious condition and can result in death. Currently human type medications are used for cats. Unfortunately, approximately 30% of cats develop antibodies to the human component of the hormone. When this happens the medication stops working. With the new feline version of the hormone, this will not happen. All cats will receive the medication. This study is to determine dosing. Safety and efficacy studies have been performed. After this study, the drug results will be submitted to the FDA. If you feel that your cats may qualify for this study, please call us at (703) 525-1995 or email office@ novacatclinic.com for more information.
We wanted to give you updates on what is happening at NOVA Cat Clinic. We also want to let you know about our dental contest STUDIES NOVA Cat Clinic will be participating in a couple of veterinary studies. One is a study for cats with kidney disease. The medication is to help kidney cats with anemia. If you are interested in participating or learning more please email email@example.com and put KIDNEY in the subject. The second study is to help itchy cats. It you have an itchy cat and are interested in learning more please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put ITHCY in the subject. WELLNESS We hope to have our kitten wellness program ready to start in early April. We will be sun setting our loyalty program. MEOW DC NOVA Cat Clinic will be at MEOW DC, April 27, 2019 at Union Market. To learn more about MEOW DC click here Washingtonian Magazine is also holding a Cutest Cat Contest. There is a $30 entry fee. To learn more click here. DENTAL CONTEST Thanks to all that participated. 30% of respondents answered all of the questions correctly. The winner gets a free dental cleaning for her cat. The other contestants who answered correctly will get one of our new NOVA Cat Clinic eco friendly bags. Here are the answers to the quiz- The correct answers are highlighted in yellow
Losing a loved one is one of the most stressful things any person has to endure. While writing this blog, I encountered the Holmes And Rahe Stress Scale. They list the top 10 stressors that affect people. The number one stressor for adults is the loss of a spouse or child. In today’s society, our furry friend can be our children. The loss of our cats can be devastating. They are with us in good times and bad. There is no judgement. Our friends at South Paws are holding a pet loss group session on March 12, 2019 – Tuesday – 6:30-8:00 PM. They are partnering with Chris Hawes, a Pyschologist and Certified Grief Counselor. For more information or to RSVP contact Kelly McLeod, a certified pet bereavement counselor – Kelly.email@example.com South Paws Bereavement Session
We have discussed the changes in a previous post. Here is a link. Synopsis As of July 1, 2018, veterinarians are allowed to prescribe 7 days of opioid pain medication and/or Gabapentin. After that, the medication needs to be called into a pharmacy to be filled. This can happen with our online pharmacy. All information will go into the national Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) New regulation After the initial exam and prescription, your cat needs to return to the clinic to be assessed. The next exam needs to happen in 14 days. Once they have been rechecked, we can issues refills up to 6 months . We will re examine your cat in 6 months to issue refills As with any new regulations, there is a learning curve. So , we are striving to make sure we are following the letter of the law and helping with understanding of the new regulation. Our team will be asking about medication history at the beginning of the appointment. We will pay special attention to the pain medications. We hope to keep your cats pain free. Please feel free to call or email us with any questions or concerns.