Welcome to Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital's  Home

We are a small veterinary hospital that provides medical care to small animals, pocket pets, rabbits, mini pigs, and goats located just off Highway 9 near Lake Thunderbird. We have three veterinarians and staff to help with all your animal care needs.  Call and make your appointment today. 1-405-360-8990.

Attention!

Update on COVID-19 Policies

We want everyone to know Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital is currently open during our normal hours to care for your pets. We have enhanced cleaning procedures to make sure areas are more thoroughly and regularly cleaned and sanitized in our hospital. We are practicing social distancing to make things safer for our clients and staff. Upon your arrival please call us from the parking lot and someone will be sent to escort you inside. At this time we are allowing one client for each pet inside the hospital, after taking the owner's temperature. There is a thermometer on the wall to the right of the door for this purpose. We require all clients to wear a mask inside the hospital. Clients who wish may stay inside their vehicle and one of our staff will take your pet inside and bring them back to you after their exam. If you have any questions, please call us at (405) 360-8990. Thank you for your patience. 

 

At this time we ask that you not bring your pet in if you have a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness. 

 

Thank You!

Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital Staff

Need financial assistance?

If you need financial assistance we accept Care Credit and Scratch Pay. You may qualify for Scratch Pay even if you do not qualify for Care Credit. 

Searching for pet insurance Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital is now recommending Pumpkin Insurance. Please call our office for more details or inquire during your next visit. 

What's new?

Announcements 

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March starts our Spay & Neuter Clinic (For current clients only). Call and schedule your appointment before all slots are taken. 

If you haven't received an email or text about joining Pet Pro Connect please give us a call so that we can get you set up. This service allows you to keep better track of your pet(s)' information and alerts you to upcoming appointments. 

Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital has PET BOARDING AVAILABLE to current clients upon request. Please call us ahead of time for booking as space is limited. 

Spring is on the way and with it Bobcat Fever please keep your cats protected with flea and tick preventative. We recommend Seresto Collars or Revolution Plus. 

Tornado Season Precautions

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Tornado Season started March 1st. Now is the time to prepare yourself and your pet.   

  • Microchip your pet. If you have already microchipped your pet make sure that all your information is current with the microchip company. Information can generally be updated on the Microchip company website. Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital uses PetLink brand microchips

  • If your pet is not microchipped, you can have ID tags made and attached to their collar. They come in a variety of shapes and colors. Generally enough space is provided for a name or short message and phone number. ID tags are available in many locations including our office. Please inquire at the front desk.  

  • Rabies tags should be attached to your pet(s)' collar at all times. They not only inform people that your pet has been vaccinated but have a unique identification number and contact information for the clinic or hospital that provided the vaccination. As long as your contact information is current they can help reunite pets with their owners.  

  • Ensure that your chosen shelter allows pets before you need to use it.  

  • Keep a no slip leash or transport carrier in an easy to access location for a quick evacuation or to safely secure your pet.  

  • Pack a small amount of dry or canned food and some extra water for your pet to store in your shelter or go bag as well as any medications your pet is currently taking. 

  • Have a current picture of your pet in your phone, on your person, or in your go bag in case they do get lost. 

  • Crate or leash train your pets as soon as possible. A well behaved pet is a safer pet and more likely to be accepted in a public shelter if you need to use one. 

  • Have a plan in place for what to do in an emergency and practice your plan to help ease anxiety.

  • Keep informed about local weather conditions, through tv, radio, and weather apps. Make sure your electronics remain charged or you have a back up charger in case of a power outage. 

 

If your pet is lost during a severe storm: 

  • Check local shelters. It is best to do this in person and remember that your pet may not be their usual self. They are often dirty, matted, and scared. Check any description that could possibly resemble your pet.

  • Post fliers in the local vicinity with a current picture and contact information.

  • Post articles on facebook and join lost and found pet groups in your area and across the state. Pets can travel pretty far when scared. 

A Note About Reminders

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We are trying a new reminder system Pet Pro Connect. If you receive an email or text to sign up for reminders from Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital please follow the instructions to receive automated reminders for vaccinations, appointments, heart worm reminder​s, and more. 

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Now Offering Dental X-Rays

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We are excited to announce that Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital is now performing digital dental radiography!

 

Dental radiographs (X-Rays) are an important part of keeping our pets’ teeth healthy and treating common causes of dental disease in dogs and cats. Around three quarters of adult dogs and cats have some form of dental disease and more than half of the tooth lives below the gumline. Dental radiographs are one of the only ways we can evaluate parts of the mouth that aren't visible to the naked eye. Below are some images from actual patients we have seen since we started taking dental radiographs. 

Case 1: “Lenny”, a four year-old schnauzer presented for his first dental cleaning. Survey (whole-mouth) radiographs were taken as a baseline for Lenny’s oral care. Luckily, no abnormalities were found! This is a normal radiograph of the upper left premolar teeth:

Lenny, Dog Dental X-Ray Normal

Case 2: “Fluffy” is a rescued 11 year-old pomeranian with unknown dental care history. He came to us with horrible breath, a swollen face/muzzle, and a very picky appetite. Once we looked at his dental radiographs, it was no surprise what Fluffy’s problem was: severe dental infection. When compared to a normal radiograph like Lenny’s you can see the irregular bone loss around the tooth roots, and the way the tooth roots look mottled and diseased. This is Fluffy’s upper left premolars: 

Fluffy, Dog Abnormal Dental X-Ray

Case 3: “Stewy” is a 7 year-old cat presenting for a routine dental cleaning. Because cats are different from dogs, it’s important to take full-mouth dental radiographs with every cleaning, once a year, not just when you suspect a problem or have a change in the oral exam. Luckily for Stewy, his radiographs looked great! This is a normal radiograph of his lower premolar and molar teeth: 

Stewy, Cat Normal Dental X-Ray

Case 4: Stewie’s housemate, “Lola” was a different story. She is a 5 year-old cat, who was suspected to have dental disease based on a (very brief) awake oral exam. Once we saw her radiographs, it was no wonder she didn’t want us looking in her mouth when she was awake! There were multiple teeth with resorptive lesions (feline cavities) and retained roots that were not visible above the gumline during her exam. Below is a radiograph of her lower premolar and molar teeth where you can see a resorptive lesion and retained roots: 

Lola, Cat Abnormal Dental X-Ray

If you have questions about your pet’s teeth or think your pet may have dental disease, call Thunderbird today to make an appointment for a dental exam! 

Seresto Collars

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USA Today recently released an article claiming a link between Seresto collars and pet deaths. We would like to take a moment to address any concerns our clients may be having concerning this product. 

Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital supports the use of Seresto collars as an option for flea and tick control and here is why.

The article stated the number of incidents reported which is not the same as the number of incidents confirmed to be related to the use of Seresto collars. All adverse events are reported if the animal is wearing a Seresto collar, but not all adverse events are related to wearing the collar. Even accepting that fact the number of incidents reported is still less than 0.3 percent of Seresto collars in use. Of those adverse events reported most are minor incidents of skin irritation and hair loss at the site of application. Not just our clients but many of our staff use Seresto collars and we have only personally received one complaint about a Seresto collar, which involved minor skin irritation. 

To ensure safety we recommend that you purchase the collar from a reliable and certified seller of Seresto products. Read all instructions and be sure to use the product correctly. Collars should be snug but have room for 2-3 fingers to fit between your pet and the collar without choking them. If you are unsure if the collar is fitted correctly please ask for help at the time of purchase or during your next exam. 

If you would like more information please visit Seresto's website www.petbasics.com/our-products/seresto/

Notice About 3 Year Rabies Shots

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It is important that pets starting their vaccinations or that have received their 1 year rabies shot get their next vaccination on time, within 1 year of receiving their last rabies shot. Timing is very important to switch your pet to the three year rabies shot, if you miss the deadline your pet may have to start over with the one year rabies vaccination and have to wait an entire year before switching to the 3 year rabies shot. 

Please try to schedule in advance so you will be able to get an appointment when your pet's vaccinations are due. 

 Offering Laser Therapy
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Laser Therapy advantages include faster healing, reduced pain, reduced inflammation, and restoring mobility. 

 

Many pets can benefit from laser therapy. Including pets that suffer from arthritis pain, postoperative pain, inflammation, and it improves blood circulation.

 

 

An Ounce of Prevention...

Parasites can be a problem year round. Please remember to keep your pets current on their flea and tick medications. Fleas and ticks can cause a whole host of problems for you and your pets not just scratching and irritation. They can cause disease, anemia, and in severe cases death. Don't forget to pick up your flea and tick preventative today. If you're not sure which preventative is best for your pets please talk to your veterinarian or one of our friendly staff. 

 

Remember dogs must remain on heartworm prevention year round. If they miss their monthly dosing, a heartworm test may be required before we can refill their next prescription.  

We are now carrying Revolution Plus, a topical flea and tick treatment for cats, that lasts up to 4 weeks with one application.  Please contact us about getting Revolution Plus for your cat(s) today. 

If you would prefer a non-topical flea and tick preventative we also carry Seresto collars which provide up to 8 months of flea and tick prevention for both dogs and cats!!

Some types of treatments are prescription only and require that clients have an established doctor patient relationship in which one of our veterinarians has seen your pet within a year before they may be dispensed. 

 

Have a question?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Page to see if we have the answer. 

 

From when to get your puppy or kitten shots to how to remove the skunky scent after your pet is sprayed.