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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

Dental Health Month Plans and Quiz Contest

Dental Health Month  Plans and Quiz Contest      This year NOVA Cat Clinic has decided to add another program to our usually Dental Quiz. We are offering Dental Plans to help our furloughed federal workers budget their furry friends dental care.  The plan extends the pay period for dental cleaning and possible extractions over a 6 month period.  If you veterinarian recommends a dental cleaning, your cat can be prepared with an ECG and blood work.  The day of the procedure you make your first payment and then 5 more payments monthly. Price do vary but should range from $97 - $208/month.  The amount will depend on your cat’s age and need for oral surgery. We are happy to explain the plan. Please feel free to ask us for details. We have a different plan option for new clients. We have run a quiz contest annually. The prize is a free dental cleaning and radiographs. Oral surgery and pain management are not included.  Follow this link to enter.  Those who answer all the questions correctly will be put into a drawing.

By | January 27th, 2019|Wellness|0 Comments

How Can I Get My Cat To The Vet?

How Can I Get My Cat To The Vet? Dr Barron and Ellen's coffee talk is back https://youtu.be/b86eCafhp3A All right. Hi everybody, we're back. Ta-da. Anyway, my name is Dr. Erica Barron, and this is our head technician at Nova Cat Clinic, Ellen Carozza. And I am back from maternity leave. So we are back to doing our coffee with cats stuff, our discussions. And, today, we're going to talk about something that makes our lives easier when you do it. And it makes your lives easier when you do it. And your cat will be happy. So we're going to talk about how to successfully start a cat vet-visit at home. That was kind of hard to say. You mean to get your cat to the vet clinic at home? Yeah. We have to start for success by starting at home. At home. To get the cat to the vet clinic. That's what I'm trying to say [laughter]. I have an infant, so I'm a little tired. So we're just going to put it out there. So I'm sorry ahead of time. Anyway, whenever I think of the best ways to get your cat to the vet, I always think of two people. I think of Dr. Ilona Rodan and I think of Samantha Martin. Samantha Martin's with the Amazing Acro-Cats. And both of them really talk about how to train your cat to get into a carrier. In fact, Dr. Rodan has many pictures in her book, and throughout her websites and things like that, with just how the cat carriers just live out, not in the closet. They're always just out. And the cats sort of treat them kind of like dogs [...]

By | August 13th, 2018|Wellness|0 Comments

My Cat Has A Heart Murmur. How Do I Proceed?

My Cat Has A Heart Murmur. How Do I Proceed? My cat has a heart murmur. The murmur was defected when he was very small. Murmur can be heard throughout life and different disease can cause a murmur. Heart disease is a younger cat disease. This seem odd since in people heart disease tends to be in older people. When older cats have murmurs hyperthyroidism and hypertension are our two main rule outs. In younger cats, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or benign valve regurgitation are the most common causes. For my kitten, we were concerned that it was something congenital. We made our appointment to see the cardiologist at Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates (CVCA). They are the largest veterinary cardiology group in the United States and have offices in various Maryland and Virginia. To learn more about CVCA please click here. Both the doctor and technician were great with Bart. Kittens like children do not have a lot of patience and the echocardiogram took about an hour. During the examination, the doctor was great about explaining what she was seeing. Bart has a hole in his heart or a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). This allows blood to flow from the bottom left ventricle to the right side. He has two holes on in the muscle and one in the membrane. This unfortunately is more severe than if it were just the membrane. This defect is also enlarging both the left and right upper chambers. Bart is at risk for left and right sided congestive heart failure. He has been placed on Plavix to help prevent blood clots. He is also on an ACE inhibitor to help his heart not have to push as hard. We are [...]

By | July 23rd, 2018|Wellness|0 Comments

How Do I Stop My Cat From Scratching?

We all love our cats, and we want to maintain a great relationship. Destruction of furniture can put a wedge in the relationship. First thing, scratching is a natural marking behavior. We are going to teach you how to encourage another natural behavior instead, rubbing. Synthetic pheromones are your friend in this case. We will show you how to apply them - it is VERY easy. Next we show you how to apply another product that will attract your cat to things you would like him to scratch. You will be amazed at how easy this is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybuyAw7OmAE Hi, everyone. Tonight, we're going to teach you how to keep your cat from scratching your couch. So the first thing you going to need is a little bottle of FELIWAY spray. And all you have to do is spritz this on your couch once a day and instead of scratching your cat will rub. So pretty easy. Watch as I do this. Just a gentle little spritz. Great. And that's it. It all you have to do. Now, you want to make sure you provide your cat with something to scratch. So here we have a couple of scratching posts, scratching material. And FELIWAY has a FELISCRATCH product that you open up. Let me put this on here, where you want them to scratch. So you need to snip it open. Pretty easy. Be careful though. The stuff does stain, so it's going to turn things blue.   The blue also attracts the cats to scratch as well as the smell. So you just cut it open and dab it on the material that you want them to scratch instead of a couch. So pretty easy to [...]

By | April 30th, 2018|Wellness|0 Comments

How Do I Understand Cat Food Labels? Or Getting That Summer Body In The Winter

Today I’m going to discuss general nutrition - what to look for on the bag, what all that mumbo jumbo even means, and food puzzles! If you have an overweight cat or two at home we have plenty of room in Team FatCat bootcamp! Just contact the clinic and we’ll get you in touch with one of our assistants who specialize in feline nutrition (Sophie speaking, hello!) Reading the Bag – What to Look For When selecting a pet food, there is nothing more critical than an AAFCO statement. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has conducted a lot of research and they are the organization that maintains the standards for complete and balanced nutrition for our pets. All commercially sold pet foods should have an AAFCO statement that confirms they maintain the nutritional requirements our pets need – if they do not provide an AAFCO statement, drop that bag like it’s hot!   Ok, so it’s AAFCO approved, what does that even mean? Unlike humans, who have to delicately construct our diets from different foods in all the categories of the food pyramid, our pets depend on their food to provide all the nutrients they need in the proportions that they need them in. Pet food companies can meet the standards set by AAFCO in one of two ways: feeding trials or formulations. If a company has conducted a feeding trial, they have physically feed their product to animals and studied how they respond. A feeding trial AAFCO statement will state “Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that ___ provides complete and balanced nutrition for __ of __ cats.” Alternatively, pet food companies can simply formulate their foods to meet AAFCO [...]

Does My Cat Need Teeth Cleaning?

https://youtu.be/gBDwTRURmFU Hi, everybody. Welcome back. We're here at Nova Cat Clinic in Arlington, Virginia. My name's Dr. Erica Barron. And this is Ellen Carozza, our head technician. She's better, but she had pneumonia. So her voice isn't very strong. So we're going to do the best we can. Right? Sure can. Sure can. So today, since it's dental health month, we're not drinking coffee or tea because we're in our dental suite. And we don't drink coffee and tea in here, though I really would like a cup of tea right now. So we're just going to talk you through, kind of show you what we do, during a dental-- without a cat. Because we're done with those already today. We did a good job and we finished them. So the first thing we do when a cat comes in for a dental is we do a pre-op exam. So we listen to them really well. We make sure they look like they're bright, alert, and responsive. They're happy and healthy. And then, Ellen sedates them. And she's very good at that. And if she's not here then I sedate them. I'm good at that, too. But she's better. Because she does this special hold and she hugs them very tightly [laughter]. Do you want to talk about how you pre-medicate the cats? Well, basically the sedation that we use is a type of anesthesia. We're not putting them under a deep plane of anesthesia just yet. They're under a lighter plane of anesthesia so we can simply get an IV catheter in place and take any kind of necessary dental x-rays, which every single patient that we do dentistry on gets pre-- x-rays before we [...]

By | February 18th, 2018|Community, Wellness|0 Comments

Does Your Cat Have Allergies?

https://youtu.be/Im_ODGfuyCs Hi everybody, welcome back. I'm Dr. Erica Barron, and I'm here in NOVA Cat Clinic in Arlington, Virginia. I know I usually have Ellen with me, but Ellen has pneumonia, and she has no voice. So it would not do you any good. But we had a couple of requests just for us to talk about feline allergies. So I was going to talk to you just for a couple of minutes about that. So feel free to ask any questions. If you're online or if you want us to talk about something else about your cat, we're happy to answer questions. But remember we're very good at saying, "Ah, we're not sure you might want to go to the vet to check that out." So real fast, feline allergies don't necessarily look like human allergies or dog allergies because they're not dogs and they're not humans. One of the things that I often see with feline allergies is sometimes they'll start to sniffle just like people, but a lot of times they start having some debris in their ears, or you'll notice some excoriations around their ears, or scratching around their ears. And sometimes they have pinpoint dermatitis. It almost looks like blackheads. It can happen in their chins. Sometimes, it happens in their ventral abdomen or their lower abdomen. And sometimes, it happens in their feet. Once in a while, when it happens in their feet, I always worry if they're having a contact dermatitis or something to their litter. That's not common, but it's something to think about. So those are the things that you usually see.  It can get so severe that they get secondary asthma, and they can get [...]

By | February 12th, 2018|Pet Safety, Wellness|0 Comments

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 [...]

Why Is My Cat Eating So Much And Losing Weight?

Why is my cat eating so much and losing weight? Dr Barron and Ellen will discuss one possible reason - feline hyperthyroidism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eOzy7aW4HI Anyway, today we're going to talk to you about hyperthyroidism. Feel free to ask questions as they pop up. We have a special guest on the other side of the room who's going to read them to us so I don't have to squint. So, first things first, what is hyperthyroidism? Why did we call this metabolism overdrive? Well, unfortunately, when it comes to feline hyperthyroidism, the ongoing joke here in the hospital is like, that's the perfect diet, because basically it's because your metabolism is in overdrive, but that's not necessarily a good thing, because when your metabolism is in overdrive a lot of your other organs tend to get stressed. So, unfortunately-- it is a treatable condition, but a lot of times, by the time we see a hyperthyroid cat sometimes their symptoms are way far out, and the doctors need to be doing a little bit more treatment than what everybody would prefer. And so this brings back the reason why we like to see our older kitty cats twice a year so we can kind of keep track of the trends, and to find out how their metabolism is actually performing for them. Because one part of their lab work is a routine thyroid test to make sure that they are not starting to fall into this hyper metabolism trend. So, as Ellen said, this is sort of like it's a joke where it's like, "Oh, if I just need to lose a couple pounds, I could just take some thyroid hormone, and there you go," but it [...]