Pet Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention

The experienced team of veterinary professionals at Carrier Animal Hospital in Grand Prairie offer vaccinations and parasite prevention treatments to help protect your dog or cat from serious disorders and diseases. 

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Protection & Prevention

Our Grand Prairie vets at Grand Prairie recommend preventative care to help diagnose and treat common disorders and diseases in their early stages.

Parasite prevention treatments and regular vaccinations, when administered alongside routine wellness exams, form the backbone of your pet's healthcare. 

Preventative care provides your pet with the best chance at a healthy, happy and long life. Our veterinary professionals work with you to create treatment plans for your pet that are tailored to their needs.

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Grand Prairie

Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

Current dog vaccinations and cat vaccinations are essential when it comes to protecting your animal companion from a range of contagious, often serious, diseases. Having your pet spayed or neutered not only prevents the birth of unwanted litters; these common veterinary surgeries can also help to protect your dog or cat against some common forms of cancer. They may also prevent unwanted behaviors such as howling, scooting, roaming, and animal aggression.

Kitten Vaccinations

In their first year, kittens need the following shots to protect them from a range of serious, sometimes life-threatening 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 procedures are not kitten shots, 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 kittens, protects your cat against serious illnesses, and can help to prevent behaviors such as howling and scooting that accompany feline heat cycles.
    • Neuter (males) - Neutering your male cat prevents your pet from fathering litters of 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 cat’s skin. Pets that are microchipped have a better chance of being reunited with their owners if they are lost.

Puppy Vaccinations

In their first year, puppies need these shots to protect them from a number of highly contagious and 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 services are not puppy shots, 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 helping 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

Parasites pose a serious health threat to people and animals in the Grand Prairie area. If left untreated, parasites can threaten the life of your cat or dog, and in some cases can even be transmitted to other people or pets living in your home. Our parasite prevention products can help protect your dog or cat from the following common parasites:

Fleas

Fleas are common 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

Highly contagious ear mites reside in the ear canals of dogs, cats and other mammals. These tiny 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 the feces of an infected dog. Whipworms pose a serious health risk to dogs.

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