Welcome to Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital's Home
We are a small veterinary hospital that provides medical care to small animals and large animals located just off Highway 9 near Lake Thunderbird. We have three veterinarians and staff to help with all your animal care needs. Currently we are not taking on new cattle or horse clients but we do see a variety of other livestock and pocket pets. Call and make your appointment today. 1-405-360-8990.
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.
Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital Staff
Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital is excited to announce we are now offering Proheart 12, a 12 month injectable heartworm preventative, and Trupanion Pet Insurance. Please inquire during your next visit.
Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital would like for you to join us in welcoming Dr. Nicole M. Irizarry Larriuz.
Upcoming Closed Dates
The doctors and staff at Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital would like to make you aware of some changes to our operating hours. Beginning June 8th Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital will begin closing every third Saturday.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, as always if you have any questions please let us know.
Our clinic will be CLOSED on the following dates:
Saturday - July 24, 2021
Saturday - August 14, 2021
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
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
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.
Be On The Look Out!
A new tick has been spotted in the United States. It is called the Longhorned Tick or the Bush Tick. If you think you have seen this tick please take it to your closest OSU extension office. They will need the following information along with the tick street address or GPS coordinates where it was found, type of animal or if it was collected from a person, and the date of collection.
This tick is a possible carrier for anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsia, and Lyme disease. The most likely pathogen that the tick can transmit is the protozoan pathogen that causes Theileriosis in cattle. For more information visit OSU's Pest Alert.
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.
Bobcat Fever is a deadly disease cats can contract from infected ticks. Any cat that goes outside or has contact with other pets that go outside may be at risk. Mortality rate is high even with treatment. Many areas of Oklahoma including Norman have a high incident rate for Bobcat Fever. Luckily Bobcat Fever can be prevented by ensuring your cats are protected by flea and tick control products.
Here is an article provided by Pet Health Network for more information on Bobcat Fever.
Beat the Heat
We all know Oklahoma Summers are hot, here are some tips to help your pets stay cool.
Make sure all pets have cool, fresh water available at all times. During days of high humidity even water in the shade can become hot, so it should be checked a few times a day if possible.
Check any standing water for mosquito larva daily to help reduce diseases or parasites, such as heart worms, spread by these pests. If found just dump the water and replace with fresh clean water. If you have large tanks that are difficult to dump there are several preventative methods that may be found online. Some are chemical methods and others are organic choose the best method for your needs.
Pets should not be left on their own in the car even for short periods of time. In ten minutes or less the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees higher than the outside temperature.
Dry clean shelter should be provided in shaded areas for outside animals at all times.
Try to avoid leaving indoor pets outside during the hottest part of the day between 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
An appropriate sized pool of water for your pet's size may give them a place to cool off.
If a pool isn't a good idea for your pet than frozen water bottles or frozen tiles wrapped in a towel can help to cool them off. Do not use plastic ice packs that may be chewed through and release dangerous chemicals.
A fan can be extremely helpful on humid days, moving air makes it easier for animals to keep cool. Even if it doesn't cool the air temperature much.
Another option is to provide your pet with frozen treats. Just place a favorite treat in an ice cube tray add water and freeze. Some pets enjoy just having ice cubes.
Remember if the road is too hot for your feet it is too hot for your pets feet. Avoid walking them on hot asphalt or sidewalks to prevent burns.
Pets can suffer from heat stroke just like people. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke contact your veterinarian immediately and try to lower their body temperature while providing them with water in the mean time.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke may include but are not limited to:
Vomiting or Diarrhea
Lack of Coordination
A Note About Reminders
We are no longer sending out reminders for services due such as vaccinations and Proheart injections via text or e-mail. Our automated reminder service was not sending notices appropriately. At this time, we are sending out reminders via postcard. Please make sure your address is correct in our system. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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.