Routine pet vaccinations and parasite prevention can help you protect your cat or dog from many serious conditions. Ask your Los Angeles veterinarian about your pet's needs. 

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Protection & Prevention

A great way to keep common diseases and disorders from developing in the first place is to ensure your pet gets the essential preventative care he or she needs. 

At Rancho Park Veterinary Clinic we combine pet vaccinations and parasite prevention with regularly scheduled routine exams to build a solid foundation for your animal's long-term healthcare. 

Preventative care offers your pet the best chance at a long, healthy life. Our team can work with you to develop a custom preventative care plan for your cat or dog, tailored to their specific needs. 

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Los Angeles

Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

Current dog and cat vaccinations are critical to protecting your four-legged companion from a range of contagious, often serious, diseases. While having your pet spayed or neutered prevents the birth of unwanted litters, these common veterinary surgeries can also help to protect your pet from some serious types of cancer. They may prevent unwanted behaviors such as roaming, scooting, animal aggression and howling.

Cat Vaccinations

In their first year of life, kittens need these shots to protect them from dangerous diseases. 

  • 6 to 8 weeks
    • Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
  • 10 to 12 weeks
    • Booster: Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
    • Feline Leukemia
  • 14 to 16 Weeks
    • Booster: Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, 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

In their first year, puppies need the following shots 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 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

Parasites can make both people and animals in the Los Angeles area seriously ill. Left untreated, parasites can become life-threatening for your cat or dog, and in some cases even be transmitted to other pets or people living in your household. Our parasite prevention products can help protect your dog or cat from these common parasites:

Fleas

Fleas are an external parasite that consumes the blood of mammals and birds. Untreated fleas can quickly spread through your household and cause infection.

Ticks

Ticks feed on the blood of mammals and are responsible for spreading many serious diseases in pets and people, threatening their health.

Ear Mites

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

Heartworm

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

Hookworm

These parasites feed on an animal's blood and live in the digestive tract of dogs and cats. Hookworms may lead to anemia and other conditions. 

Roundworm

The parasitic roundworm makes its home in your pet's intestine and feeds on their partially digested food. In doing so, it robs your pet of 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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