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Cat & Dog Vaccinations & Prevention in Charlotte

Make sure your pet is happy and healthy with routine cat and dog vaccinations and parasite prevention from the vets at Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital in South Charlotte.

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention in Charlotte

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

We’ll work with you to create a custom plan for your cat or dog that meets their lifestyle and health needs.

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Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention | Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital

Vaccination Schedules For Cats & Dogs

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

We follow the AAHA’s guidelines for canine and feline immunizations. We also follow recommendations for protecting against new and emerging diseases.

Kitten Vaccinations

Kitties need several vaccinations and procedures during their first year to protect them against serious diseases. After that, they’ll only need annual boosters.

  • 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

Puppy Vaccinations

Puppies need a series of vaccinations in the first year of life to protect them from many dangerous 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 Cat Vaccinations

Your cat will need boosters on the core vaccines one year following the initial kitten vaccines. After that booster, these vaccines are generally boostered every one to three years, based on the specific vaccine used and the lifestyle of the cat.

Adult Dog Vaccinations

Your dog will need boosters on the core vaccines every one to three years starting one year after the initial round. The frequency of boosters depends on the specific vaccine used, as well as your dog's lifestyle and unique 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, Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital


These small, flightless insects are external parasites that consume the blood of mammals and birds.

Ticks, Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital


Ticks are external parasites that feed on the blood of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Earmites, Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital

Ear Mites

Ear mites are arachnids that live in the ear canals of cats, dogs, other small animals and humans.

Heartworm, Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital


Heartworm is a small, thread-like parasitic roundworm that is spread through mosquito bites.

Hookworm, Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital


Hookworms are blood-feeding, parasitic roundworms that live in the digestive system of dogs and cats.

Roundworm, Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital


Roundworms are parasites that live in the intestine and feed off of partially digested intestinal contents.

Tapeworm, Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital


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

Whipworm, Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital


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

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