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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.
Fall is a beautiful time of year and a great time to go over your pets' winter home improvements.
All outdoor animals should have a safe, warm shelter that is weather proof.
Shelters should have some type of insulation to help keep your companion warm. Some houses have built in insulation or you can add bedding or even a heating pad.
Bedding should remain clean and dry. It should be changed out as necessary if it becomes wet or dirty. Types of bedding can include wood shavings, blankets, straw, or a variety of other insulators.
Fleas and ticks may survive through the winter in warm sheltered places so keep your pets on preventative. You may also use pet safe powders or sprays in their sleeping areas to help control unwanted pest infestations.
Hydration is important to your pet maintaining their health and body temperature, make sure they have access to fresh, clean, unfrozen water at all times.
Diet is always extremely important to your pet's health and a little extra food may be required to keep your pet feeling their best. A lot of energy is used to keep warm and the use of more energy requires more fuel. If your pet is on a special or strict diet make an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss your options before making any changes.
Indoor pets or those with short hair may require sweaters or jackets before going outside. Make sure all sweaters or jackets don't have loose strings or damage that your pet may injure themselves with or choke on. It's a good idea to make sure old clothing still fits comfortably, so a fitting is a good idea before colder weather arrives.
If you have a heater or fireplace make sure there is some sort of barrier in place to prevent your pet(s) from getting too close and getting burned.
Ensure that your pet(s)' identification and microchip information are up to date. If your pet is not microchipped now is a good time to make an appointment to get one. Microchips and updated contact information help lost pets get home. The quicker a pet can be identified the quicker they can be returned to their own home.
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.
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.
We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here are some safety reminders to keep the good times rolling.
Keep candy and baked goods secured out of your pet(s) reach. They can contain chocolate or Xylitol, a sugar substitute, that can be toxic to your pets.
Fatty foods should not be fed to your pets including Turkey fat, skin, and gravy. Fatty foods can cause digestive problems including pancreatitis which can be lethal.
All bird bones including Turkey, chicken, and duck are hollow, once cooked their bones tend to shatter and can cause severe damage to your pet's mouth, throat, stomach or intestines on their way through your pet's digestive tract.
Avoid corn on the cob for your dog. It often becomes lodged in their intestines causing severe pain and may require expensive surgery to remove.
Other foods your pets should not eat include onions, mushrooms, and avocado.
Keep pet(s) in a secure room or kennel if you will be answering the door to a lot of guests to help prevent escapes.
If you suspect your pet of suffering from pancreatitis contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinarian immediately.
Symptoms of pancreatitis include but aren't limited to:
loss of appetite
Everyone at Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital wishes you and your pet(s) a fun and safe Thanksgiving!
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.
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.
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.