Cats and dogs need protection from a wide range of serious diseases and disorders. Our veterinarians in Rock Hill can tell you which vaccines your pet needs.

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Protect & Prevent

At Catawba Animal Clinic, one of our greatest priorities is to keep common diseases and disorders from developing in the first place. We accomplish this by focusing on preventive care. 

Combined with regular wellness exams, pet vaccinations, and parasite prevention can be used to build a solid foundation for your animal's routine healthcare. 

Our team will work with you to create a custom preventive care plan for your cat or dog, tailored to their unique needs. 

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Rock Hill

Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

When it comes to protecting your furry companion from a range of contagious, often serious diseases, it's essential to keep dog and cat vaccinations up to date. Having your pet spayed or neutered not only prevents unwanted litters from being born; these common veterinary procedures can help to protect your pet against some serious types of cancer. They may prevent unwanted behaviors such as howling, scooting, roaming, and animal aggression.

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 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 help 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 Rock Hill, parasites are a serious health risk. Left untreated, parasites can become life-threatening for your dog or cat, and in some cases can even be transmitted to other pets or people in your household. Our parasite prevention products can help protect your dog or cat from these common parasites:

Fleas

Fleas consume the blood of mammals and birds. These external parasites can quickly spread through your household if left untreated.

Ticks

Ticks are external parasites that consume the blood of mammals. They can spread numerous serious conditions.

Ear Mites

While ear mites are tiny, they are highly contagious. They continuously reproduce and reside in the ear canals of dogs and cats.

Heartworm

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

Hookworm

Hookworms live in the digestive tract of cats and dogs, where they feed on an animal's blood. They can lead to serious conditions.

Roundworm

Residing in the intestine, this parasitic worm feeds on partially digested intestinal contents. This parasite can rob 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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