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Changes in Virginia Drug Laws – Update

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.

By | February 21st, 2019|Community|0 Comments

Would You Like Your Cats’ Food Shipped To You?

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. 

By | February 3rd, 2019|Community, Wellness|0 Comments

Making Difficult Decisions For Your Uncooperative Cat

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 [...]

By | January 10th, 2019|Community|0 Comments

Survey Drawing Winner And Results

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 [...]

By | January 1st, 2019|Community|0 Comments

Changes At NOVA Cat Clinic in 2019

Changes At NOVA Cat Clinic in 2019 These are changes we are working on from the survey answers. If you would like to add comments please click here First, we will be discontinuing our Loyalty Program. In its place we will have wellness plans. We are targeting  Feb-March 2019. We are planning on holding semi-annual Happy Hour/Open Houses Here are some photos from our first Happy Hour/Open House in December, 2018 We are considering expanding some evening hours and potentially Saturday. Here are some answers to more of your questions. Potassium gluconate, pay online/ahead for fluids + fast casual style takeaway We are working with our bank on a method that you could pay in advance on line. 2. Cat grooming Cat sitting referrals/directory We are working on having both a digital and print directory 3. At home exams for those kitties who get very upset and anxious by a trip to the vet. We do offer limited house calls and can refer you to a house call veterinarian if needed. 4. Do you still do boarding? Our trusty house sitter had the nerve to get another job and she moved (we are kidding - mostly :-) so we may be looking into boarding our kitties if we travel In answer to that question, we do offer limited boarding and it fills up fast during the summer and holidays. Cats must be current on examinations and vaccines Thank you for your responses and comments.  We are committed to providing your cat the best health care possible and you the best customer service.        

By | December 30th, 2018|Community|0 Comments

The Year For The Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation

Wow, what a year 2018 has been! The Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation could not have done any of this without YOUR support! This year brought in over 40 kittens for advanced medical care. Many of these cases were easy fixes, but several of our kittens needed more medical care than even we could provide. We needed to seek care with the specialists in our area so we could provide the necessary treatment, and you made it happen. “London Tube stops” were this year's name theme and we had plenty of names to use! Angel Angel, who came to us paralyzed from the waist down, from HRA(Humane Rescue Alliance). She needed to have diapers changed every few hours and had multiple skin and urinary tract infections to battle. She lucked out on having superstar foster parents (Lita and Karen) who have always generously open their homes and hearts for many of our special needs babies. Angel thrived and eventually a family in Florida that wanted a special girl just like Angel adopted her. Heathrow Heathrow was a shelter transfer with pneumonia. He spent two weeks in our portable oxygen chamber and received round the clock care until he was better. He quickly became a staff favorite and went to a home of his own with a cat named Moka.  Love Meow featured Heathrow as well as other social media feline sites. Jubilee Jubilee came all the way from Spotsylvania County, VA. She and her brother were found in a rainy ditch at a day old and the rescue was not able to provide them with the necessary medical care, so they were transferred to us. While her brother was too ill and passed away despite [...]

By | December 24th, 2018|Community|0 Comments

Can You Help Save A Cat In Need?

Can You Help Save A Cat In Need? The Patient Tigresse came to the Chris Griffey Memorial Foundation (CGMFF) because she has an oral condition. Her owners were unable to care for her and she was released to the foundation. She is 4 years old and very sweet. Her Condition Her mouth over reacts to the plaque on her teeth. This condition then results in stomatitis (inflammation of the gums, tongue, and mouth). She presented to the clinic because of excessive drooling and halitosis. She is severely underweight. Her blood work reveals that she is anemic and has low albumin. Albumin is a protein and need for growth and healing Options The veterinarians at NOVA Cat Clinic diagnosed her with stomatitis. Medical treatment includes antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication (steroids). Unfortunately, these have not been successful for her. The solution is to remove all of her teeth, a full-mouth extraction. Although at first glance this sounds terrible. Most cats respond very well to the treatment. If you think about it, cats do not need their teeth for the foods we feed them. We have seen many cats that have done extremely well with no teeth. First Attempt Unfortunately, the first attempt was not successful. Poor Tigresse also has severe inflammation in the back of her mouth. We were not able to intubate her. The current plan is to place her on steroids and try again in a week. Donations Please donate to help Tigresse with her veterinary care. All funds donated from now until the end of the year will go towards her care. The CGMFF is able to use over 90% of the money donated to help these poor cats. All donations are tax deductible [...]

By | November 23rd, 2018|Community|0 Comments

Are All Internet Pharmacies Created Equal?

Are All Internet Pharmacies Created Equal? Who doesn’t love the convenience of Internet shopping? One keystroke and boxes magically appear at your doorstep. As with anything good, there can also be bad. Our doctors and team at NOVA Cat Clinic are concerned about the safety of your furry friend. Since the beginning of the Internet, there have been individuals attempting to game the system. FDA LIST The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has listed “rouge” pharmacies. Click here to learn more from the FDA  FROM THE FDA Furthermore, rogue online pharmacies offer potentially dangerous prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. FDA has issued warning letters informing the website operators that they are engaged in illegal activity in violation of the U.S. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, including: · for sale unapproved prescription drugs of unknown origin, safety, and effectiveness; · allowing prescription drugs without a prescription; ·  prescription drugs without adequate directions for safe use; and · offering prescription drugs without FDA-required warnings to consumers about the serious health risks associated with the prescription drug. OUR ONLINE PHARMACY - Therefore, we work with one online pharmacy that we trust and have a relationship. This is the only online pharmacy that we work with directly.  To learn more about our online pharmacy please click here. We will write you a prescription that you can send to the pharmacy of your choice. We will not email the prescription to you since it has sensitive information. The information is similar to your social security number and we do not want it placed on the open Internet. We request when you use your prescription that you encrypt the document or send it via fax. Most pharmacies will need you [...]

Earn $25 – We Want To Hear From You

Earn $25 - We Want To Hear From You Hard to believe it has been an entire year since our move into our new facility at 3838 Cathedral Lane. We hope you like the new facility and the expanded parking options. We like to check in with you, our clients to see how we can improve our service to you and your furry loved ones. For your troubles, you will be entered in a drawing for $25 in your account. From past surveys, we have expanded our evening hours and now offer an 8:30 appointment. As a result, we also have expanded out two doctor Saturdays increasing the availability of appointments. Furthermore, we want to know what service or products you would like for us to add. SURVEY Click here to participate in our survey. Thank you for your time and opinion. We will announce the winner of the drawing on Jan 2, 2019. We will also answer all questions that are given to us. QUESTIONS ANSWERED An example is “Can you offer more grooming options?”. We currently only groom cats that are in the medical need category. These are cats that severely matted. All of our current grooms are sedated. We have discussed working with having a groomer come on site if and when there are enough people interested. The groomer would be in their mobile van outside the clinic. Can you offer mobile and euthanasia services? We currently do have limited service. When we are not available, we recommend using Lap of Love.

By | November 17th, 2018|Community|0 Comments

Costumed Cat Contest Winner 2018 and Client Survey

Costumed Cat Contest Winner 2018 and Client Survey Who doesn’t love a cat in a costume? There were some great entries this year and the voting was close Costume winners Our winner is Tempura She is dress as Sailor Mewn She wins $100 in services or products. Her mother gets to decide how she will spend her winnings. Her picture will be placed in our lobby in a place of honor. Second place is Teddy, the Late Bloomer. Third place is Mr Piggy Survey We love to hear from you. For your time, there will be a random drawing for $25 in services or products. From your responses, we now have expanded the availability of Saturday hours. We have three 2-doctor Saturdays up from 1 in the past. We have an 8:30 AM appointment. Our latest appointment is now at 6:30 PM on Tuesday and Thursday. Would you like more contest? An open house? Happy hour? Different hours? Please click here and let us know your opinion.

By | November 3rd, 2018|Community|0 Comments