Pet Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention

Our veterinarians in Ocala can help to protect your dog or cat from a wide range of serious diseases, conditions and disorders using routine pet vaccinations and parasite prevention treatments.

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Protection & Prevention

At Paddock Park Animal Care Center, we have a focus on preventative care in order to keep common disorders and diseases from ever developing in the first place. 

Combined with regular wellness exams, pet vaccinations and parasite prevention treatments form the backbone of your pet's routine healthcare. 

Preventive care gives your pet the best chance at a long, healthy life. 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, Ocala

Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

Current vaccinations for your dog and cat are essential when it comes to protecting your furry friend from a wide variety of contagious and serious diseases. Having your pet neutered or spayed will not only prevent the birth of unwanted litters, these common veterinary surgeries can help to protect your pet against some forms of cancer. They may also reduce unwanted behaviors like scooting, roaming, howling and animal aggression.

Cat Vaccinations

In their first year of life, kittens need the following shots 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, Rabies
    • Feline Leukemia 2
  • 5 to 6 months

    While the following procedures aren't kitten vaccinations, each of microchipping, spaying and neutering all protect your cat from health issues throughout their life. And thus, can be comfortably considered preventative care. 

    • 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 them from fathering unwanted litters of kittens, protects them from a range of diseases and illnesses, and can also reduce behaviors like spraying, howling, roaming 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 these shots to protect them from 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)

    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) - Spaying your dog will prevent your female from mothering any puppies. It will also help to prevent certain forms of cancer and your pup's regular heat cycles which can attract roaming males to your home.
    • 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 around the size of a grain of sand and will be placed beneath your pet's skin. Microchipped pets have a better chance of being reunited with their owners if they become lost.
  • 12 to 16 Months
    • Final Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
    • Rabies
    • Final Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
    • Final Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)

Parasite Prevention

Parasites pose a serious risk to your Ocala pet's health. If no promptly treated, parasites can threaten your dog or cat's life and, in some cases, can even be transmitted to other pets and people living in your home. Our parasite prevention treatments can help to protect your dog or cat from the following common parasites: 

Fleas

Fleas are external parasites that feed on the blood of birds and mammals. Left untreated, fleas can quickly spread throughout your household.

Ticks

These external parasites consume the blood of mammals and are responsible for the spread of a number of serious conditions in people and pets. 

Ear Mites

Tiny, highly contagious ear mites reside in the ear canals of dogs, cats and other mammals. These parasites reproduce continuously throughout their lifespan. 

Heartworm

This thread-like parasitic roundworm is spread through mosquito bites and makes its home in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of infected animals.

Hookworm

These parasites live in the digestive tract of cats and dogs where they feed on the pet's blood. Hookworms can lead to anemia and other serious conditions.

Roundworm

This parasitic worm lives in the intestine and feeds on partially digested intestinal contents. This parasite can rob your pet of vital nutrients necessary to stay healthy.

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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New Patients Welcome

Paddock Park Animal Care Center always accepts new patients! Our team of experienced vets are passionate about pet health in Ocala and beyond. We welcome you and your beloved pet to our veterinary family.

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(352) 237-4176