Our veterinarians in Los Angeles are able to help keep your pet safe from serious disorders and diseases that are common among cats and dogs with routine parasite prevention and pet vaccinations.

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Prevention & Protection

At Washington Dog and Cat Hospital, we prioritize preventive care to protect your pets from common disorders and diseases that could often be life-threatening.

When you combine routine wellness exams, pet vaccinations, and parasite prevention you are forming the foundation of your cat or dog's routine healthcare. 

Preventive care provides your furry companion with their best chance for a long and healthy life. Our veterinary team will work with you to establish a customized preventive care plan that meets the unique needs of your cat or dog. 

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Los Angeles

Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

Keeping your cat or dog's vaccinations current and up to date is an essential part of protecting your beloved pet from a variety of contagious, often severe, diseases. Getting your furry companion spayed or neutered helps prevent the birth of unwanted litters and protects your pet from a handful of serious cancers. These common procedures can also prevent unwanted behaviors such as animal aggression, howling, scooting, and roaming.

Cat Vaccinations

Here are various shots kittens need in their first year to protect them from serious 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

    Below isn't a list of kitten vaccinations but, spaying, neutering and microchipping your feline friend can protect them from a number of health issues, falling under the preventive health care umbrella. 

    • Spay (females) - Spaying your female cat prevents the birth of unwanted kitten litters, protects them from serious illnesses, and can help prevent unwanted behaviors including howling and scooting which accompanies heat cycles.
    • Neuter (males) - Neutering your male cat prevents your kitty from becoming the father of unwanted kittens, protects your cat from a range of illnesses, and can help stop roaming, howling, territory marking (spraying) and cat aggression. 
    • Microchipping - A microchip is a method of permanent identification that is approximately the size of a grain of rice that is placed under your cat’s skin. Animals that are microchipped have a higher chance of being reunited with their owners if they become lost.

Dog Vaccinations

Puppies need the following shots In their first year to keep them safe from many dangerous 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)

    While the following are not puppy vaccinations, spaying, neutering and microchipping help guard your pup against various health conditions, falling under the umbrella of preventive health care. 

    • Spay (female) - Spaying your female dog prevents them from mothering puppies and could also lower their risk of developing certain cancers and regular heat cycles which could attract roaming males to your property.
    • Neuter (male) - Dog neutering can help keep your male dog from fathering unwanted puppies, as well as protects them from a handful of serious cancers. It also helps to reduce the risk of dog roaming and dog aggression.
    • Microchipping - A microchip is a permanent form of identification that is roughly the size of a grain of rice and placed under your dog's skin. Pets that are microchipped are more likely to be reunited with their owners if they get lost.
  • 12 to 16 Months
    • Final Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
    • Rabies
    • Final Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
    • Final Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)

Parasite Prevention

Parasites are a serious threat to the health of both pets and humans in Los Angeles. If they go untreated, parasites could threaten the life of your furry companion, and some could even be transmitted to the other people and animals in your home. The parasite prevention products we offer can help protect your cat or dog from the common parasites listed bellow:

Fleas

These are external parasites that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. If fleas aren't treated, they can quickly spread in your household.

Ticks

Ticks are external parasites that consume the blood of mammals and are responsible for spreading a range of serious conditions in pets and people. 

Ear Mites

Ear mites are tiny and highly contagious. They reside in the ear canals of mammals. These parasites also continuously reproduce in their lifespan.

Heartworm

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

Hookworm

These parasites reside in your pet's digestive tract, where they feed on the animal's blood. Hookworms can cause anemia and other severe conditions.

Roundworm

Roundworms live in the intestines and feed on partially digested intestinal contents. This parasite can steal vital nutrients your pet needs to stay healthy.

Tapeworm

Tapeworms spread when your pet ingests infected fleas when grooming. These hook-like parasitic worms live and grow in the intestines of your cat or dog. 

Whipworm

Whipworms spread when your pet ingests soil that has been in contact with an infected dog's feces. Whipworms are a serious threat to the health of dogs.

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