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Pet Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention

Our Marina del Rey veterinary team is here to help you protect your dog or cat from a wide variety of serious and contagious diseases with routine pet vaccinations and parasite prevention treatments. 

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Protection & Prevention

At Shane Veterinary Medical Center, we have a focus on preventive care as one of the best ways of keeping common diseases and disorders from ever developing in your pet in the first place. 

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

Preventive care gives your pet their best chance at a long, healthy and happy life. Our veterinary team will work with you to craft a customized preventive care pan for your dog or cat that is tailored to their unique healthcare needs. 

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Marina del Rey

Vaccination Schedule

Up-to-date dog and cat vaccinations are critical when it comes to protecting your four-legged friend from a range of both contagious and serious diseases. 

Likewise, having your pet spayed or neutered will not only prevent the birth of unwanted litters, but will also help to protect your companion from serious diseases such as certain cancers. They may even be able to prevent unwanted behaviors like roaming, scooting, and animal aggression.

Cat Vaccinations

In their first year of life, kittens need the following shots to protect them from serious diseases. 

  • 8 weeks
    • FVRCP (4-week vaccine)
  • 12 weeks
    • FVRCP booster (4-week vaccine) & FeLV booster (4-week vaccine)
  • 16 weeks
    • FVRCP booster (1 year vaccine) & FeLV booster (1 year vaccine)
  • 18 weeks
    • Rabies (1 year vaccine)
  • 5 to 6 months

    While the following are not kitten vaccinations, microchipping, spaying and neutering your cat can all help to protect your companion from a variety of health issues and, therefore, comfortably 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

In their first year, puppies need these shots to protect them from dangerous diseases. 

  • 8 weeks
    • DAPP (4-week vaccine) & Bordetella (1 year vaccine)
  • 12 weeks
  • 16 weeks

    Although the following is not puppy vaccinations, microchipping is to provide a form of permanent identification.

    • 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.
  • 18 weeks
    • Rabies (1 year vaccine)

Parasite Prevention

Parasites can pose a serious risk to the health and well-being of animals and people in the Marina del Rey area. If not promptly treated, parasites cab threaten the life of your dog or cat and, in some cases, may even be transmitted to other pets or people that live in your home. 

Our parasite prevention products can help to protect your cat or dog 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 blood. Hookworms can lead to anemia and other conditions.

Roundworm

This parasitic worm lives in the intestine and feeds on its partially digested contents. Roundworms 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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Shane Veterinary Medical Center is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Marina del Rey companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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