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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Who doesn’t love the convenience of online shopping? You shop when it works for you and it comes to your front door. Every day is like your birthday. Hill’s Pet Nutrition has started a direct delivery service. The food goes directly from their warehouse near BWI to your door. On the approval end from the doctors, it is much more streamlined than other third party services. The Hill's web site integrates with our veterinary software. Other services send us faxes and those are posted for the doctors to approve. The Hill’s system is completely digital. They offer a discount on your first purchase and no shipping charges if you chose Autoship. You select the time interval for when you want the diet to arrive. All purchases are guaranteed, and your money will be refunded if you (or your cat) are not happy with the diet . Just send us an email to request a diet. You must be an active client to participate. Royal Canin has partnered with Vet’s First Choice, our online pharmacy. Their web site also integrates with our software. They offer a discount which makes this one of the least expensive places to purchase diet. There is no shipping charge with Autoship. The process is completely digital. If you are interested in getting started with Royal Canin, here is a link. You must be an active client to participate. Vet’s First Choice is the only online pharmacy that we use. We will give you a written prescription if you wish to use another pharmacy. Here is a link to a previous blog that explains. Please feel free to call or email us with any questions.
Meet Cosmo Growing up, I always wanted a big orange male cat. And then, the summer before I started veterinary college, a litter of newborn kittens fell in to my lap with a little orange boy. I did not even name them at first, I was so nervous they were all going to pass away. They had fleas, and I truly did not know what I was doing. At one point during that summer, between taking care of them at night and working, I fell asleep on the couch. Lo and behold, that little orange kitten crawled up to me and fell asleep in the crook of my neck. It was like we chose each other. In fact, he has a baby book. Socializing kittens Since he was a bottle baby, and I did not know what I was doing, he was not well socialized after he left his sisters at 6 weeks to join me in Columbus at school. Although Cosmo is the most wonderful cat to his immediate family, the warmth does not extend past about 5 people in the universe. He is extremely fearful, and sounds like a velociraptor when I bring him to work. Fear and Arousal Cat like humans react differently to fear. When we are in stressful, fear evoking situations the amygdala part of our brain is aroused. Some of use act like a “deer in the head lights”. Others will fraternize to hopeful get a positive outcome. Others like my Cosmo lash out. The goal is to “get you” before you get me then I can run and hide to safety. All are normal fear reactions, but some allow for easier veterinary care. Cosmo is a [...]
Survey Drawing Winner and Results Happy New Year everyone. Elizabeth DeBold is the winner of our random drawing. Thanks to everyone for their time and opinions. We love to hear from you and try to change our services according to your needs. Here are the results from our survey We have add a few early morning appointments and are not planning to add any more. It appears that the evening hours are more popular. We will discuss adding a later evening hour later this year. Saturdays do continue to be our most popular day for wellness. Therefore, we will discuss adding hours in the afternoon while maintaining quality of care. NOVA Cat Clinic will be discontinuing our Loyalty Program. We are working with consultants on implementing wellness plans. We will mostly like start with kitten wellness, and perhaps Dental Wellness for Dental Health Month. Keep in mind the wellness plans are NOT insurance. They are designed to help with monthly budgeting. Here are some answers to your questions 1. I think it would be interesting to learn of the cat population of your practice. Breeds, Average age, Spay/Neuter percentage. That is a great question. We will work with our software to see if we can get those answers. 2. Feline CPR/First Aid. There are some online courses that may answer this question. Here is a link to the Cornell course click here. 3.I come to the clinic from Maryland because you’re the ones I trust. I have tried multiple clinics in my area and they don’t compare. Have you considered an MD Cat Clinic location? No plans to move into Maryland at this time. 4. Lessons on how to get a cat into [...]