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Feline Heartworm Disease: A Year Round Threat in Virginia

Every month the Companion Animal Parasite Council puts out a list of the top ten cities in the United States that show a significant increase in positive heartworm tests. This February, our very own Alexandria, Virginia was #2!! That means that in the dead of winter, mosquitos in our area are still active. The only [...]

By |2019-08-29T05:35:51+00:00March 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Feline Heartworm Disease: A Year Round Threat in Virginia

Essential Oils: The Hidden Dangers of Aromatherapy

What are essential oils exactly? In recent years, essential oils have gotten more attention and become trendy for their versatile uses. Basically, essential oils are concentrated extracts from plants and can be used for everything from aromatherapy and healing to insecticides. What makes them dangerous to cats and other pets? While safe for people, essential [...]

By |2019-08-29T05:42:11+00:00March 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Essential Oils: The Hidden Dangers of Aromatherapy

Toxicity in the Home: What’s Lurking in the Kitchen

It may seem innocent to let your cat have some of your pizza or sandwich, but just like with your canine companions, many table foods are actually dangerous for your cat. This week we’ll talk about what’ s toxic and what’s safe to share Onions, Garlic, Shallots, and Scallions These tasty treats are definitely one [...]

By |2019-08-29T05:53:28+00:00February 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Toxicity in the Home: What’s Lurking in the Kitchen

Home Renovations and Your Cat: Keeping Your Sanity

It’s no secret that home renovations and projects can be stressful for everyone involved, but there’s a way to keep your pets safe and keep your own sanity during the process. Determine the scope of the project in terms of length to completion and space needed. Knowing this up front, and probably best to add [...]

By |2019-08-29T06:06:52+00:00January 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Home Renovations and Your Cat: Keeping Your Sanity

New Year, New You: Helping Your Cat Stay Active

Okay so we don’t frequently set New Year’s resolutions for our cats, but if you have a tubby feline at home then it might be a good place to start. Overweight cats are at risk for diabetes, additional strain on joints, and other diseases. Make the resolution to get healthy by helping your cat kick [...]

By |2019-08-28T12:43:51+00:00January 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Year, New You: Helping Your Cat Stay Active

Itchy and Scratchy: Could it be Environmental?

Is your cat itching and scratching? It could be something in their environment and understanding what exactly your cat is allergic to can help you limit their exposure and improve their quality of life. What is an allergy? An allergy means that your cat’s immune system has become more sensitive to certain everyday substances and, [...]

By |2019-08-28T13:01:39+00:00January 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Itchy and Scratchy: Could it be Environmental?

Liver, Kidneys, and Gut – Oh My! – What We Learn from the Chemistry Panel

Last month we discussed what the complete blood count or CBC reveals about your cat’s overall health. This month we’ll discuss the second component of standard lab work called the chemistry panel. The chemistry panel primarily screens organ function and can let us know early signs of disease processes allowing intervention and prevention. Running preventive [...]

By |2019-08-28T12:49:21+00:00December 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Liver, Kidneys, and Gut – Oh My! – What We Learn from the Chemistry Panel

“Lab work? But My Cat Isn’t Sick”: Why Preventive Care Labs Matter

At Just Cats Clinic, we believe that medicine should be preventive and proactive instead of emergency and reactive. There are 3 major parts to our preventive care plan – routine examinations, lab work, and client education. Lab work tells a lot about how the body is functioning together and how each component is functioning on [...]

By |2019-08-28T12:54:56+00:00November 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Lab work? But My Cat Isn’t Sick”: Why Preventive Care Labs Matter

Keeping Up with Your Cat: A Guide to Entertainment for the High Energy Feline

When you think of a cat’s activity level, what typically comes to mind? For many it’s a lazy animal that sleeps all the time and sunbathes for a living. While that can be the case with some cats, many have a surprisingly high energy level. Think of keeping your cat’s entertained as something that’s fun [...]

By |2019-08-28T13:01:32+00:00April 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Keeping Up with Your Cat: A Guide to Entertainment for the High Energy Feline

Dental Disease: It’s Not Just Stinky Cat Breath!

What causes dental disease? Most commonly, dental disease is the result of tartar buildup on a cat’s teeth. Tartar can be easily identified by its tan or brown color. As a cat eats, some of the food gets stuck to its teeth and turns into plaque. Though some of that is removed naturally when the [...]

By |2019-08-28T13:07:19+00:00March 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dental Disease: It’s Not Just Stinky Cat Breath!
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