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Prevention & Vaccinations in Huntersville

Safeguard your pet's health with routine cat and dog vaccinations and parasite prevention from the vets at LakeCross Veterinary Hospital in Huntersville, Mecklenburg County.

Pet Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention

Preventive health care, including vaccinations, parasite prevention, and routine checkups, is essential to ensuring that cats and dogs have long, healthy lives. It allows us to prevent disease from developing in the first place.

We’ll create a custom preventive care plan for your cat or dog that meets their lifestyle and health needs.

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Vaccinations & Prevention, Huntersville Vet

Vaccination Schedules For Cats & Dogs

Routine vaccinations are extremely important in preventing your pet from contracting contagious diseases from other animals.

Kitten Vaccinations

Cats require several different vaccinations and procedures during their first year to protect them against 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

    Although the following are not vaccinations, spaying, neutering and microchipping help protect your cat from a variety of health problems.

    • Spay (females)
    • Neuter (males)
    • Possible microchip

Adult Cat Vaccinations

Your cat will need boosters of the core vaccines in the first year after the initial kitten vaccines. After that, cat vaccinations are generally boostered every one to three years, based on the specific vaccine used and the cat's needs.

Puppy Vaccinations

In their first year of life, puppies need a series of vaccinations to protect them from diseases as their immune system develops. 

  • 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)
    • Spay (female)
    • Neuter (male)
  • 12 to 16 Months
    • Final Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
    • Rabies
    • Final Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
    • Final Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)

Adult Dog Vaccinations

Dogs require boosters for their core vaccinations every one to three years, starting one year after the first round. The frequency of boosters will depend on the specific vaccine in question, as well as your dog's lifestyle and needs. 

Parasite Prevention

When left untreated, parasites can become life-threatening to your pet. We carry a full line of parasite prevention products to protect your pet from the following common parasites:

Fleas, Huntersville Vet


Fleas are external parasites that consume the blood of mammals and birds.

Ticks, Huntersville Vet


Ticks feed on the blood of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Earmites, Huntersville Vet

Ear Mites

Ear mites are arachnids that live in the ear canals of cats and dogs.

Heartworm, Huntersville Vet


Heartworm is a parasitic roundworm which spreads through mosquito bites.

Hookworm, Huntersville Vet


These blood-feeding, parasitic roundworms live in the digestive system.

Roundworm, Huntersville Vet


Roundworms live in the intestine and feed off of partially digested food.

Tapeworm, Huntersville Vet


Tapeworms are flat, segmented parasitic worms that live in the intestines.

Whipworm, Huntersville Vet


Whipworm is common in dogs, that gets its name from its whip-like appearance.

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