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Pet Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention

Routine pet vaccinations and parasite prevention are critical for protecting your dog or cat from a wide range of serious diseases and disorders. Ask our Tennessee vets about your pet's needs.

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Protect & Prevent

At Belle Forest Animal Hospital, we're committed to focusing on preventive care to keep common diseases and disorders from developing in the first place.

Combined with regular wellness exams, pet vaccinations, and parasite prevention can be used to build the foundation for your animal's routine healthcare. 

With preventive care, we can give your pet their best chance at a long, healthy life. Our team will work with you to create a preventive care plan for your cat or dog, customized to meet their unique needs.

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Tennessee

Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

When it comes to protecting your furry best friend from contagious, often serious diseases, current dog and cat vaccinations are essential. Having your pet neutered or spayed not only prevents the birth of unwanted litters; these common veterinary surgeries can even help to protect your pet from some serious types of cancer as well as prevent unwanted behaviors such as roaming, howling, animal aggression, and scooting. 

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 there are no vaccinations for kittens at this age, spaying and neutering procedures as well as microchipping can help keep your cat safe from a variety of health issues, falling under the preventive health care umbrella. 

    • Spay (females) & Neuter (males) - When a cat is spayed or neutered, they are surgically sterilized to prevent disease. This procedure should also provide your pet with an extended life expectancy.  Learn More
    • 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 of life to protect them from severe 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)

    While there are no vaccinations for puppies at this age, spaying and neutering procedures as well as microchipping can help keep your cat safe from a variety of health issues, falling under the preventive health care umbrella. 

    • Spay (female) & Neuter (males) - When a dog is spayed or neutered, they are surgically sterilized to prevent disease. This procedure should also provide your pet with an extended life expectancy.  Learn More
    • 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

For people and animals in Tennessee, parasites pose a serious health threat. Untreated parasites can threaten your cat or dog's life, and in some cases may even be transmitted to other people or pets in your house. With our parasite prevention products, you can protect your dog or cat from these common parasites:

Fleas

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

Ticks

Ticks feed on the blood of mammals and are responsible for spreading numerous serious conditions in pets and people.

Ear Mites

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

Heartworm

This thread-like parasitic roundworm spreads through mosquito bites and makes its home in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of the animal they infect.

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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