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Pet Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention

Our veterinarians in Villa Rica can help you protect your dog or cat from a range of serious diseases and disorders with routine pet vaccinations and parasite prevention.

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Protection & Prevention

At Villa Rica Animal Hospital, we're committed to focusing on preventive care to keep common diseases and disorders from developing in the first place. 

Combined with regularly scheduled wellness exams, pet vaccinations, and parasite prevention can be used to form the foundation of your animal's routine healthcare. 

With preventive care, your pet will have its best opportunity to live a long, healthy life. Our team will work with you to develop a customized preventive care plan that's tailored to meet the unique needs of your cat or dog.

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Villa Rica

Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

Keeping dog and cat vaccinations current is key to protecting your furry companion from a range of contagious, often serious, diseases. When you have your pet spayed or neutered, you'll not only prevent the birth of unwanted litters; these common veterinary surgeries can also help prevent some serious forms of cancer. They might also keep your pet from displaying unwanted behaviors such as roaming, animal aggression, howling, and scooting. 

Cat Vaccinations

Kittens need these shots in their first year of life to protect them from dangerous diseases. 

  • 6 to 8 weeks
    • Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
  • 10 to 12 weeks
    • Booster: Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
    • Feline Leukemia
  • 14 to 16 weeks
    • Rabies
    • Booster: Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
    • Feline Leukemia 2
  • 5 to 6 months

    While the following are not kitten vaccinations, spaying, neutering, and microchipping help protect your cat from a number of health issues, and therefore fall under the preventive health care umbrella. 

    • Spay (females) - Spaying your female cat prevents the birth of unwanted litters of kittens, protects your cat against serious illnesses, and can help to prevent behaviors such as howling and scooting that accompany heat cycles.
    • Neuter (males) - Neutering your male cat prevents your pet from fathering unwanted kittens, protects your cat against various illnesses, and can help to prevent territory marking (spraying), roaming, howling, and cat aggression. 
    • Microchipping - A microchip is a permanent form of identification that is about the size of a grain of rice and placed under your pet’s skin. Pets that are microchipped have a better chance of being reunited with their owners if they are lost.

Dog Vaccinations

Puppies need these shots in their first year of life to protect them from serious diseases. 

  • 6 to 8 weeks
    • DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
  • 10 to 12 weeks
    • Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
    • Bordetella (Optional)
    • Leptospirosis (Optional)
  • 14 to 16 weeks
      • Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
      • Rabies
      • Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
      • Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)

    Although the following are not puppy vaccinations, spaying, neutering, and microchipping can help protect your dog from a number of health issues, falling under the preventive health care umbrella. 

    • Spay (female) - Dog spaying will prevent your female dog from mothering puppies, but it can also help to prevent certain cancers and regular heat cycles which can attract roaming males to your property.
    • Neuter (male) - Dog neutering can help to prevent your male dog from fathering unwanted puppies, as well as protect them from a number of serious cancers, and help reduce the risk of roaming and dog aggression.
    • Microchipping - A microchip is a permanent form of identification that is about the size of a grain of rice and placed under your pet’s skin. Pets that are microchipped have a better chance of being reunited with their owners if they are lost.
  • 12 to 16 months
    • Final Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
    • Rabies
    • Final Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
    • Final Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)

Parasite Prevention

For both animals and people in Villa Rica and the surrounding area, parasites can be a serious health threat. Left untreated, parasites can even be life-threatening for your cat or dog, and can sometimes be transmitted to other pets or people living in your home. Our parasite prevention products can help protect your dog or cat from these common parasites:

Fleas

Fleas feed on the blood of birds and mammals. Left untreated, they can quickly multiply and spread through your household.

Ticks

These external parasites consume the blood of mammals. Ticks can also spread a number of serious conditions in pets and people.

Ear Mites

Ear mites may be tiny but, they are highly contagious and live in the ear canals of dogs. They continuously reproduce in their lifetime.

Heartworm

Spread through mosquito bites, this tread-like parasitic roundworm makes its home in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of infected animals.

Hookworm

Living in the digestive tract of cats and dogs, these parasites feed on pets' blood. Hookworms may lead to anemia and other serious conditions.

Roundworm

Residing in the intestine, this parasitic worm feeds on partially digested intestinal contents. This parasite can rob your pet of nutrients needed to stay healthy.

Tapeworm

Tapeworms are spread through the ingestion of infected fleas during grooming. These hook-like parasitic worms live and grow in your pet's intestines. 

Whipworm

Whipworms are spread through the ingestion of soil that has been in contact with an infected dog's feces. Whipworms pose a serious health risk to dogs.

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