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Pet Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention

Routine pet vaccinations and parasite prevention are essential to protecting your cat or dog from many serious diseases and disorders. Our Charlotte veterinarians can help you determine the right ones for your pet.

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Protection & Prevention

To keep common diseases and disorders from developing in the first place, we focus on preventive care. 

Your vet at Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital can combine pet vaccinations and parasite prevention with regularly scheduled routine exams to build a solid foundation for your animal's routine healthcare. 

With preventive care, your pet will have the best opportunity to live a long, healthy life. Our team will work with you to develop a custom preventive care plan for your cat or dog, geared to their unique needs. 

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Charlotte

Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

Current dog and cat vaccinations help to protect your four-legged best friend from a range of contagious, often serious, diseases. Having your pet spayed or neutered not only prevents the birth of unwanted litters; these common veterinary surgeries can also reduce your pet's risk for some serious forms of cancer. They may prevent unwanted behaviors such as roaming, scooting, howling and animal aggression. 

Cat Vaccinations

Kittens need these shots in their first year to protect them from a range of 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 to protect them from a number of 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 help protect your dog from a number of health issues, and therefore fall 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 protecting your dog from a number of serious cancers, and helping to 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 people and animals in Charlotte and surrounding communities, parasites can pose a serious health threat. Left untreated, parasites can become life-threatening for cats and dogs, and in some cases can even be transmitted to other pets or people living in your household. Our parasite prevention products can help protect your cat or dog from these common parasites: 

Fleas

As external parasites, fleas consume bird and mammal blood. Left untreated, they can quickly spread through your household. 

Ticks

Ticks feed on the blood of mammals. These external parasites are responsible for spreading numerous serious conditions in people and pets. 

Ear Mites

While tiny, ear mites are highly contagious and live in the ear canals of cats, dogs and other mammals. They also reproduce continuously. 

Heartworm

Spread through mosquito bites, this thread-like parasitic roundworm resides in the lungs, blood vessels and heart of infected animals. 

Hookworm

Residing in the digestive tract of cats and dogs, these parasites feed on a pet's blood. Hookworms can lead to anemia and other severe conditions.

Roundworm

In the intestine, this parasitic worm feeds on partially digested intestinal contents. This parasite can rob your pet of important nutrients.

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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Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Charlotte companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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