With routine pet vaccinations and parasite prevention, our Ruckersville vets can help you protect your cat or dog from a wide range of serious diseases. 

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Protection & Prevention

Keeping common diseases and disorders from developing is one of the main principles of preventive care. 

Our veterinarians at Ruckersville Animal Hospital will work with you to create a comprehensive routine healthcare plan for your four-legged friend that combines regular wellness exams, pet shots and vaccinations, and parasite prevention. 

Preventive care offers your cat or dog the best chance at a long, healthy life. Our team looks forwards to serving you and your pet.

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Ruckersville

Pet Vaccinations & Reproductive Surgery in Ruckersville 

Our furry friends can contract a range of contagious, often serious diseases. Dog and cat vaccinations are essential to protecting your pet from these illnesses. Having your pet neutered or spayed not only prevents the birth of unwanted litters; these common veterinary surgeries can also help to protect your pet against some serious types of cancer. They may prevent unwanted behaviors such as scooting, howling, animal aggression and roaming. 

Cat Vaccinations

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

  • 7 to 9 weeks
    • Initial FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia) vaccine - based on previous medical records
    • Oral deworming for intestinal parasites
    • Fecal ovum/intestinal parasite test
    • Feline Leukemia and FIV blood test
    • Monthly topical heartworm/flea/tick preventative dose
    • Discuss diet, indoor/outdoor status, litterbox training, at home care (brushing teeth, trimming nails), microchip (future international travel), etc.
    • Trupanion Certificate: 30 days of free pet insurance
  • 10 to 12 weeks
    • Second FVRCP vaccine
    • Initial Feline Leukemia vaccine
    • +/- dose of oral deworming dose
    • Monthly topical heartworm/flea/tick preventative dose
  • 14 to 16 weeks
    • Final FVRCP vaccine
    • Final Feline Leukemia vaccine
    • Rabies vaccine
    • 6-month supply of topical heartworm/flea/tick preventative
  • First Annual Wellness Exam (12 months after final kitten visit)
    • FVRCP 1 year vaccine
    • Feline Leukemia 1 year vaccine
    • Rabies 1 year vs 3 year
    • Fecal ovum/intestinal parasite test
    • +/- oral/injectable intestinal deworming based on lifestyle
    • 6-12 month supply of topical heartworm/flea/tick preventative
  • Second Annual Wellness Exam
    • FVRCP 3 year vaccine
    • Feline Leukemia 1 year vaccine
    • Rabies 1 year if received PureVax last year
    • Fecal ovum/intestinal parasite test
    • +/- oral/injectable intestinal deworming based on lifestyle
    • 6-12 month supply of topical heartworm/flea/tick preventative

Dog Vaccinations

Puppies need these shots in their first year of life to protect them from serious diseases. 

  • 7 to 9 weeks
    • Initial DHPP vaccine (Distemper, Parvo, Parainfluenza, and Adenovirus) - based on previous medical records
    • Initial Bordetella vaccine (intranasal) - based on previous medical records
    • Oral intestinal deworming
    • Fecal ovum/intestinal parasite test
    • Complimentary nail trim (if needed)
    • Monthly dose of heartworm/flea/tick preventative based on pet's weight
    • Doctor will discuss diet, training (obedience and house), at home care including brushing teeth and trimming nails, microchip (future international travel), etc.
    • Trupanion certificate: 30 days of free pet insurance
  • 10 to 12 weeks
    • Second DHPP vaccine
    • Second Bordetella vaccine (injectable)
    • +/- oral intestinal parasite deworming treatment
    • Monthly dose of heartworm/flea/tick preventative based on pet's weight
  • 13 to 15 weeks
    • Third DHPP + initial Leptospirosis vaccine (5-way vaccine)
    • Initial Lyme vaccine
    • Monthly dose of heartworm/flea/tick preventative based on pet's weight
  • 16 to 18 weeks
    • Fourth DHPP + second Leptospirosis vaccine (5-way vaccine)
    • Rabies vaccine
    • Final Lyme vaccine
    • Monthly or 6-month supply of heartworm/flea/tick preventative based on pet's weight
    • Discuss and/or schedule spay or neuter surgery
    • Fecal ovum/intestinal parasite test
  • Monthly
    • Weight checks for monthly Heartworm/Flea/Tick preventative doses for large breed/quick growing dogs
  • 6 Months of Age
    • Proheart 6-month injection for Heartworms if applicable​
  • First Annual Wellness Exam (12 months after final puppy visit)
    • DHLPP 1 year vaccine​
    • Rabies 3 year vaccine​
    • Lyme 1 year vaccine​
    • Bordetella 1 year vaccine​
    • Yearly heartworm/tickborne disease blood screen​
    • Yearly fecal ovum/intestinal parasite screen​
    • 6-12 month supply of oral heartworm/flea/tick preventative or Proheart12 Injection + 6-12 month oral flea/tick preventative​
  • Second Annual Wellness Exam
    • DHPP 3 year + Leptospirosis 1 year vaccine (5-way vaccine)​
    • Lyme 1 year vaccine​
    • Bordetella 1 year vaccine​
    • Yearly heartworm/tickborne disease blood screen​
    • Yearly fecal ovum/intestinal parasite screen​
    • 6-12 month supply of oral heartworm/flea/tick preventative or Proheart12 injection + 6-12 month oral flea/tick preventative​

Parasite Prevention

Parasites pose a serious health threat to people and animals in the Ruckersville area. 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 household. Our parasite prevention products can help 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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