Our veterinarians in Laguna Beach can help you protect your cat or dog from a range of serious diseases and disorders. Ask us about pet vaccinations and parasite prevention.

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Protect & Prevent

By focusing on preventive care, our vets at Canyon Animal Hospital can keep common diseases and disorders from developing in the first place. 

We can use regularly scheduled routine exams, pet vaccinations and parasite prevention to build a solid foundation for your animal's routine healthcare. 

Preventive care offers 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 dog or cat, geared to their unique needs. 

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Laguna Beach

Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

Current dog and cat vaccinations are essential to protect your furry friend from a range of contagious, often serious, diseases. By having your pet spayed or neutered, you'll prevent the birth of unwanted litters. These common veterinary surgeries can also help to protect your pet against some serious types of cancer. 

Cat Vaccinations

Kittens need these shots in their first year of life to protect them from dangerous diseases. 

  • 6 to 8 weeks
    • Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
  • 10 to 12 weeks
    • Booster: Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
    • Feline Leukemia
  • 14 to 16 weeks
    • Rabies
    • Booster: Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
    • Feline Leukemia 2
  • 5 to 6 months

    While the following are not kitten vaccinations, 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 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

Puppies need these shots in their first year to protect them from serious 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) - 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 are a serious threat to health for people and animals in Laguna Beach and surrounding areas. If they are not treated, parasites can become life-threatening for both cats and dogs. Our parasite prevention products can help protect your animal from these common parasites:

Fleas

These external parasites consume the blood of mammals and birds. Untreated fleas can quickly spread throughout your household.

Ticks

Ticks are external parasites feed on mammal blood and are responsible for spreading a variety of serious conditions in pets and people.

Ear Mites

Ear mites are tiny but highly contagious. They live in the ear canals of cats, dogs and other mammals and continuously reproduce. 

Heartworm

This thread-like parasitic roundworm spreads via mosquito bites and lives in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of infected animals. 

Hookworm

These parasites reside in the digestive tracts of cats and dogs, feeding on a pet's blood. Hookworms can lead to other conditions.

Roundworm

This parasitic worm robs animals of vital nutrients needed to stay healthy. The parasite lives in the intestine.

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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