How should I prepare for my pet's annual appointment?
An annual exam is performed to assist you in continued and preventative health care. We want our pet parents to keep a watchful eye and encourage you to make notes about your pet’s health and behavior. Notes will help to alleviate concerns and will jog your memory to questions that may be forgotten during the exam. Just as with our human family members, you are your furry friend's best line of defense when it comes to illness, injury, or preventative medicine. No one knows your pet better than you do and no two pets are alike. Our comprehensive full body examination of your pet will help ensure optimal health but your questions are encouraged and concerns are welcomed. An informed pet parent keeps a pet healthier and happier!
What is the process for having my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately four months of age. Your pet will be given an exam prior to surgery to help determine if they are healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure. Current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery. Also a pre-anesthetic blood screen is recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery. We work with you and your pet to help manage any pain after surgery.
How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
Procedures involving sutures routinely require them to be removed about 14 days following the surgery.
How often does my pet need to have their teeth cleaned? Is there anything I should be doing at home?
Our veterinarian will examine your pet's teeth during their annual exam to determine the best schedule for your pet. Just like people, individual pets develop tartar and oral disease at different rates. Many large dogs can go for one to three years without needing a dentistry. Most smaller breeds need a professional cleaning more often, every six to twelve months. However, by brushing your pet’s teeth at home you can minimize how often your pet will require a dentistry with a veterinarian. Ask our doctor how to perform this easy care and to recommend products that will make this a more pleasant experience for both you and your pet.
Can my pet catch a cold or flu?
Although your pet can catch strep throat, he/she can't catch a cold or the flu from you. That does not mean your pet can’t have an upper respiratory infection or intestinal disruptions. Coughing, sneezing, vomiting and or diarrhea can all be debilitating and potentially life threatening due to dehydration especially in smaller breeds. We recommend setting up an appointment with our hospital if your pet is suffering from these symptoms.
How often do you recommend performing blood work on my pets?
In addition to having an annual physical exam for your pet, we also recommend yearly blood work. This test will determine your pet's kidney, liver, blood sugar and blood protein levels. It is a very quick and easy and can be taken at the same time as the yearly heartworm test. For our senior pets we may also recommend some additional blood tests. Be sure to ask our veterinarian what types of tests are required or recommended for your pet. All services are provided at your descretion.
How can I make payments?
Payment is required at the time of service. We gladly accept cash, checks, all major credit cards, and now Care Credit.
What is your cancellation policy?
We ask to be notified at earliest convenience for appointment cancellation or rescheduling.
Do you allow urgent or same day appointments? What about after hours or house calls?
We undersatand that emergency situations are not planned situations. Please feel free to bring in emergencies during office hours. After hours small emergencies may be handled at our hospital, call our regular line for the number of our on-call doctor. Larger after hours emergencies may be referred on to an animal emergency center. We welcome same day appointments. After hours appointments and house calls are also available upon request (extra fees may apply).
How do I choose a Veterinarian?
When you are looking for a veterinarian, make sure you choose an animal doctor that makes you and your pet feel comfortable and safe, someone you can trust. It is important that you also find a supportive, calm and caring environment where both you and your pet can be comfortable. An animal clinic that has additional in-house services can make your pet health care more convenient for you over time. Choose a veterinarian in the same way you would choose a pediatrician.
At Tulsa General Veterinary Hospital we want to exceed your expectations. We are committed to offering consistent, comprehensive, and quality pet health care. In addition we combine compassion and respect with a dedication to improving the life of your pet through education and a close personal relationship with our clients. You can be confident knowing your pet is receiving the best medical services available. We invite you to tour our facility when choosing a veterinarian and to consider Tulsa General for all your pet care needs.
What products do you sell in your office?
We Sell: Heartguard Plus, Bravecto, Activyl, Trifexis, Revolution, and Sentinel (for flea, tick, heartworm, and parasite prevention). We also sell prescription dog and cat food by Hills and Royal Canin (a/d, c/d, i/d, y/d, w/d, j/d, Metabolic, Urinary SO, Mobility Support, Diabetic). Treats, C.E.T. Chews, C.E.T. Oral Rinse, Composure, Greenies/Pill Pockets, Dasuquin Soft Chews, Composure, Vitamins, Calcium Suppliments, Shampoos, and Ear wash/cleansers are also available.
Do you offer Boarding, Grooming, and Dog Training?
We have many boarding options (single and double cages, 5x7 runs, and private luxury suites). We have a groomer available Monday thru Wednesday who can do baths, nails, regular and specialty cuts, and even shed ruduction treatments. We have an experienced trainer who does both behavioral and agility training. Feel free to call our clinic. We would be happy to answer any questions.