Welcome to Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital's Home
We are a small veterinary hospital that provides medical care to small animals, pocket pets, rabbits, reptiles, 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.
Update on COVID-19 Policies
We are going back to normal operation. Clients are no longer required to wait in their car, wear a mask inside the clinic, or get their temperature taken. 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, just call to let us know of your arrival. If you have any questions, please call us at (405) 360-8990.
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.
Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital is now taking on exotic pet clients! Appointments will need to be scheduled with Dr. Irizarry.
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 in full swing and with it Bobcat Fever. Please keep your cats protected with flea and tick preventative. We recommend Seresto Collars or Revolution Plus.
Summer is here with a vengeance. Several days in a row are expected to hit temperatures of over 100 degrees. Please keep your pets in mind during this time.
Make sure all animals have access to fresh, clean, cool water. Even in the shade water may become hot, try to check it multiple times a day.
Make sure all outdoor animals have access to shade and possibly another system of cooling such as a fan, pool, or mister. If there is no shade many home improvement stores offer shade cloth or tarps for the purpose of keeping an area cool.
Long haired animals may require a trim to shorten their hair and help keep them cooler.
Decrease exposure to the sun for indoor animals. Animals can sunburn just like people, white colored animals or ones with white spots are especially prone to burning.
Leave an animal in a car, even for a "few" minutes. Temperature rises quickly in a parked car. This can not be said enough. Every year animals are left in parked cars and either die or need emergency medical attention.
Leave on hot pavement. Animals may also over heat if left in a carrier/box on hot pavement. If they must be left outside put them in shade with access to cool water.
Walk dogs on hot pavement. If it is too hot for you to touch it is too hot for their paws. Dogs can get burned paws from touching hot sidewalks and roads. When possible walk them during the cool part of the day and on grass.
If you suspect your pet is experiencing symptoms of heat stroke contact your veterinarian or an emergency veterinarian immediately. Do what you can to help cool them down until you can get them to the vet.
Signs of Heatstroke may include heavy panting, diarrhea, vomiting, bright red tongue, stumbling, weakness, thick saliva, lethargy, shaking, and possibly seizures.
What can you do until you can reach a vet?
Offer cool water, not cold water
Move to a cooler location such as inside or to the shade if possible.
Place in front of a fan if possible
Cover with damp towels, use cool but not cold water
A Note About Reminders
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 reminders, and more.
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.
Now Offering Dental X-Rays
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:
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:
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:
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:
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!
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 regarding the safety of the product, please visit Seresto's website www.petbasics.com/our-products/seresto/
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.
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