Small Animal Services
This page provides a list of our common small animal services and is not all inclusive. Because every pet and pet owner is different treatments and services will be tailored to you and your pet. Small animals include dogs, cats, rabbits and other pocket pets. For an estimate on pricing please call Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital at 1-405-360-8990.
Puppy and Kitten Exam
Kittens and Puppies should receive their first set of shots at 6-9 weeks of age. At Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital your first kitten/puppy visit includes a free kitten/puppy book, free nail trim, and free fecal. Your kitten/puppy should also receive wormer, flea & tick preventative, and first round of vaccinations if old enough. Puppies will also start their heartworm preventative.
The veterinarian will examine your pet for any signs of illness by checking the ears, eyes, skin, mouth, and body. This is also the time to discuss preventative healthcare and diet. Wellness checks should be done yearly and are required by law before your veterinarian can dispense medication.
Don't forget to tell your veterinarian about any concerns you have or any recent behavioral changes.
Vaccinations are the first step in preventative healthcare. A rabies vaccination is required by law for every dog and cat. Other vaccinations can save your pet from life-threatening diseases such as Parvo virus and Distemper virus.
Every vaccinated pet will receive a rabies tag. The tag not only provides proof of vaccination but when placed on your pets collar may bring him home when lost. Each tag has a different vaccination number and the name and number of the veterinary hospital that provided the vaccination.
Spay and Neuter
We recommend getting your cat/dog/rabbit spayed or neutered. All pets are sedated safely with gas anesthesia and are attached to monitors while under anesthesia. General price includes 24 hour pain medication. Charges will change for animals that are in heat, pregnant obese, or elderly. Additional pain medication or other needs such as lab work will vary by patient. Please call our staff for an estimate tailored for your individual pet. Repeat clients are eligible to participate in our Spay/Neuter Specials which offer a discounted price. We offer one in the spring and one in the fall.
Just like people your pet can get dental diseases and just like people they need preventative care. If your pet has bad breath, red gums,or plaque he/she is already exhibiting signs of dental disease. We provide cleanings and removal of teeth when necessary. The procedure is an all day event since your pet will need to be under anesthesia. Dentals are performed by appointment only. Your pet will need to be off food and water since midnight the night before and brought to the hospital between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. the day of the appointment. A recent wellness exam is necessary before a dental can be scheduled. For our repeat clients we have discounts for dentals during the month of February.
Smell Good/Flea & Tick Bath
(Repeat Clients Only)
We provide smell good baths or flea & tick baths/dips for the convenience of our clients. Baths need to be scheduled by appointment. Bath days are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Pets need to be brought to the hospital between 9:00 and 9:30 A.M. Make sure that we have a current address and phone number so that we can contact you once your pet is ready to go home.
Your pet's nails should not click when walking across the floor. Unclipped nails can grow back into your pet's pads causing pain and can lead to infections. If you are unable to clip your pet's nails bring them to the hospital for a trim. We do not usually require an appointment but please call ahead so that we can expect you. If you want the nail trim done by one of our veterinarians instead of the staff you will need to make an appointment. For a demonstration of how to clip your pet's nails please ask during your annual wellness exam.
Anal Gland Expression
From time to time you may notice that your pet is uncomfortable towards his/her hind end. Some dogs will start dragging their bottom across the ground (this can also be a symptom of intestinal parasites). If your pet has tested negative for intestinal parasites they may need their anal glands expressed. This is a simple in and out procedure and should take no more than 15 minutes. You will need to schedule an appointment as your veterinarian will have to diagnose the problem.
We have a digital x-ray machine available right at the hospital. No need to spend all day going from clinic to clinic to get your tests done. Radiographs are typically done the same day as your appointment unless your pet requires sedation. NOW OFFERING DENTAL X-RAYS.
Microchipping is a simple procedure that involves a chip being inserted under the skin between your pet's shoulder blades by an injection with a large needle. It only takes one appointment and an online registration at PetLink to ensure that if your pet is lost you can experience a happy reunion.
We provide free microchip scans on stray dogs.
The best treatment for heartworms is prevention but if your pet already has heartworms there are treatment options available. Please call and make an appointment to schedule a heartworm test and discuss treatment options with one of our veterinarians.
Read more about Heartworms.
We provide general surgeries such as:
bladder stone removal
gastrointestinal exploratory surgery
Please call 405-360-8990 for estimates and scheduling. Veterinarians will not provide surgery without a wellness exam. All patients are sedated with state of the art gas anesthesia and attached to monitors while sedated. Lab work may be required on an individual basis determined by the veterinarian prior to surgery.
Prescription medication can only be dispensed if a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) exists. A VCPR exists when your veterinarian knows your pet well enough to be able to diagnose and treat any medical conditions your animal develops. It is only established when your veterinarian examines your animal in person, and is maintained by regular veterinary visits as needed to monitor your animal's health. If a VCPR is established but your veterinarian does not regularly see your pet afterward, the VCPR is no longer valid and it would be illegal and unethical for your veterinarian to dispense or prescribe medications or recommend treatment without recently examining your pet. A valid VCPR cannot be established online, via email, or over the phone. You can view Oklahoma's VCPR or the AVMA's Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics.
Most of the tests we perform can be done at Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital, this means less time waiting for the results.
Common tests we provide:
Heartworm - will require a blood sample which will be obtained during your exam.
Fecals - stool (feces) sample needed to test for internal parasites. Please bring one with you if possible. Sample should be from the same day as the appointment, preferably within one hour of the appointment.
Urine - please do "NOT" walk animals before your appointment if you are having a urine test. Some animals may have to stay at the hospital until a urine sample can be obtained.
X-Rays - most x-rays can be done the same day as the appointment without sedation. In some cases however the animal will need to be sedated to obtain a clear picture.
Parvovirus and Giardia testing
Complete Blood Count(CBC), General Chemistries, and Thyroid testing
Animals will need a wellness exam to determine which tests are necessary. Estimates can not be provided until a veterinarian has seen the animal. If you have several animals you suspect need to be tested please notify us at the time you are scheduling your appointment.
We offer pet boarding as a service for our current clients. Space is limited so please call ahead of time to book your pet's stay. We do recommend that any dogs being boarded at any facility be current on or receive their Bordetella vaccination for kennel cough before being boarded as a safety precaution.