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 [...]

Changes In Virginia Drug Laws

Changes In Virginia Drug Laws   As of July 1, 2018, Virginia veterinarians will be required to report certain prescriptions to the  Prescription  Mandatory Program (PMP). This has been required of physicians and pharmacies for the last few years. Once the law applies to veterinarians, we will only be able to prescribe 7 days of medications.  If your cat is in need of chronic medication, we will write a prescription so you can purchase them at a pharmacy. For most of our patients, there are only 2 drugs that are affected.  The first is gabapentin. If more than 7 days is needed, we will write or call in a prescription. The second drug is buprenorphine. Not every pharmacy carries this drug.  We have located some pharmacies that should be able to help with this medication. There is still some interpretation that will be happening.  As we learn more we will keep you informed. Please feel free to contact use with any questions or concerns.

How Can I Give My Cat Medication?

How Can I Give My Cat Medication? We get this question all the time.  Every cat is different and we are going to show you one of the easier methods of administering medication. I hope this help you with your cat. https://youtu.be/JmDgdleObFE Hi, everyone. So, tonight we're going to teach you how to give your cat chronic medications that don't taste very good. So, a few essential things, one, our empty gelatin capsules. These are going to be your best friend. These are size number four, the smaller the number, the larger the size. We're going to give Bart two medications. He's on Plavix, which tastes pretty terrible, and cats really hate it, and enalapril, which is to clot his blood. So, your next best friend is the pill-cutter, and he gets a quarter of each pill once a day. So, we're going to quarter these. First, cut them in half, and then we'll cut them into quarters. And they don't exactly have to come out exactly perfectly, just try to get it as close as you can. There we go. And now the enalapril and the Plavix, the one that they really, really hate. First, cut it in half, and then, here we go. And then cut this in quarters, and there. So, this is about four days worth of medication. So, we're going to take the empty gelatin capsules and grab one of the Plavix's, and one of our enalapril's, open this guy up and put one in there, and I'm going to put the other one in there. Then cap it, and this takes the taste out of the equation, which is really important. So, I put the medications in here, and [...]

How Do I Teach My Cat To Not Scratch My Furniture?

Let's start with the fact that scratching is a normal feline behavior.  Our furry friends scratch to help groom their claws and eliminate dead sheaths.  They also using scratching to help "mark" their territory. Although a natural behavior for most people, this may be considered undesirable.  Well, do not fear, there are many methods to help train your cat to use a scratching post instead.  We cat parents can also help our cats groom their claws.  This start with trimming their nails.  We recommend starting this procedure early in life.  Some cats do not like having their feet touch and may object.  In these situations, you may want to try one paw at a time when your cat is asleep.  Another option is to take your cat to a veterinarian or groomer and have them trim the nails for you. Soft Paws are also another method to help decrease damage.  These are plastic nail caps that are glued on the nails.  The nails should be trimmed first and then the Soft Paws applied.  This is probably best done as a 2 person task.  To learn more about Soft Paws click here There is a new and exciting product that has  been released here in the United States. Feliscratch This product has the pheromone that is in your cat's paws.  They recognize this as the place where they mark with scratching.  This works with both color and smell.  One starts using it daily on the desired scratching area for a week.  Once your cat has learned the desired location, the applications decrease to once weekly.  To learn more click here. https://youtu.be/UnTn5rSyCnk Another great product to use is Feliway spray.  When cats smell this, they mark with [...]

We Have Moved to 3838 CAThedral Lane and Want To Hear From You.

NOVA Cat Clinic has finally moved into our new home at 3838 Cathedral Lane. It does seem appropriate that our new address has the work Cat in it. We have directions in a previous post click here. We want to thank all the hard working people who made this happen. Our architect LAB, Inc. Our project manager Ross Spivak    Our contractor Turner Construction.  We hope you love the new space as much as we do. We want to continue to provide you and your feline friends the most “Cat-Friendly” care possible. In celebrating the move, we would love to hear from you.  For your time, we will enter you in a drawing December 1, 2017 for the chance to win $100 in services.  Click here   

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What Is Feral Cat Day?

Hi, everybody. Welcome back. My name's Dr. Erica Barron and this is our head technician here at Nova Cat Clinic, Ellen Carozza. And we're going to chat with you about cats. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them below this video and we'll try to do our best to answer them. We might just look at each other and say, "You got to go to the vet." But we'll do our best. Today we're going to talk to you about National Feral Cat Day. We're not going to be able to have a coffee talk next week because Ellen is going to the American Association of Feline Practitioners meeting. And she's presenting, which is quite exciting. And she's going to rock it. She's going to talk about pediatrics because that's what she does a lot of. In case you don't know Ellen, she's actually a mother of kittens. So she's going to talk to people about that. But we thought it would be a good time for us to talk to you about feral cats since we won't be here next week to do that. So Ellen, why don't you explain to everybody what a feral cat is. A feral cat, technically, is an outdoor cat that you can not handle. You can have an outdoor, friendly cat. That is not a feral cat. A feral cat truly does not want to be handled by human beings. It will share the same space as you, they will accept food from you, they will accept shelter from you, but they do have a very set boundary that they want you to respect. Yes. That's a great way to explain, because I think a [...]

What Happened To Trina?

We are happy to report that our St Elizabeth's foundling has found a "furrever" home.  She has been renamed Bitty and recently send us a note. To read more about Bitty when she was Trina click here Hi all! It is me Bitty, (formerly known as Trina). My new mom has been making sure that I am settled and even let's me out on the porch with her sometimes. I like to watch the two cardinals and the occasional mouse that comes to visit us. Mom says I cannot eat them but we will see. I love to play with my laser toy and watch real housewives. I like morning cuddles but mom has a bed for me too that when it is night night it placed next to the bed so I can keep an eye on her. Sometimes I jump up on the bed and watch her sleep or wake her up at 4 am to play. I love my canned food and treats and I get ice cubes in my water bowl. My mom has this thing called a vacuum which I told how come and what for so that it knows I am the princess of the apartment. Hope all is well! Love Bitty

Can My Cat Travel On Amtrak?

We have other post about traveling on Metro and planes. I just learned that cats are allowed on Amtrak for an additional $25.  They must be in a carrier, but the carrier can be soft or hard.  The trip cannot be over 7 hours.  Your cat is not allowed out of the carrier during the trip.  The carrier counts as a carry-on.  Only one cat per passenger. Only 5 pets are allowed per train so you need to call and make reservations. The cats are not allowed in the Cafe Car. We have started using Gabapentin to help with anxiety. You should discuss this with your veterinarian. For more information from Amtrak click here. 

How Goes Construction?

The hard working men and women of Turner Construction Company have us on track to move from our current location on 923 N Kenmore Street to 3838 Cathedral Lane - Arlington, VA. They are currently removing the slab and will be replacing it next week. As the weeks progress, they will be replacing the tree in front of the building and putting in a sidewalk.  We will keep you posted with a time timetable. We are hopefully that we will be relocating early spring of 2017.  Please feel free to email or call us with any questions.

Enter Our Photo Contest

This contest is in support of the Chris Griffey Memorial Fund (CGMFF) which helps abandoned kittens find safe homes. To learn more about the CGMFF visit: CGMFF .  To make a donation go to: CGMFF  Make your donation first then enter your photo. We have had great contestants in the past. The prize is $100 in either services or products.  We will start taking entries on November 1, 1016 until November 12, 2016.  Voting will be from November 13, 2016 until November 27, 2016.  The winner will be announce on November 29, 2016. To enter click here. Good luck and have fun .

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