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Pet Vaccines & Prevention

Make sure your pet is happy and healthy with routine cat and dog vaccinations and parasite prevention from our vets at Animal Hospital of North Asheville.

Disease Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention

Vaccinations and parasite preventives help fight parasites and common diseases from threatening your pet's health. Combined with regular wellness exams, they are key measures in the routine healthcare for your cat or dog.

Together, we’ll create a customized preventive care plan, which will include vaccines and parasite preventives that work with your pet's individual healthcare needs and lifestyle.

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Disease & Parasite Prevention, Asheville Vet

Cat & Dog Vaccination Schedules

Routine, scheduled vaccinations to prevent the contraction of contagious diseases are very important in ensuring your pet's health. The following is our schedule for cat and dog vaccinations.

Vaccinations for Kittens

In their first year, kittens need multiple vaccinations and other procedures to protect against serious diseases.

  • 6 to 8 weeks
    • Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
  • 10 to 12 weeks
    • Booster: Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
    • Feline Leukemia
    • Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) Testing
  • 14 to 16 Weeks
    • Rabies
    • Booster: Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
    • Feline Leukemia 2
  • 5 to 6 months

    While the following procedures are not vaccinations, spaying, neutering and microchipping help your cat stay protected from a number of health problems.

    • Spay (females)
    • Neuter (males)
    • Microchipping (optional)

Vaccinations for Adult Cats

Adult cats need a core vaccine booster one year after completing the initial round or "kitten series" vaccines. We will develop a plan for your cat based on the specific vaccine and the lifestyle and needs of your cat, additional boosters are generally needed every one to three years. We use nonadjuvented feline only vaccines to provide the safest vaccines for your cat. 

Vaccinations for Puppies

As their immune system develops In the first year, puppies need multiple vaccinations to protect against serious disease.

  • 6 to 8 weeks
    • DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
    • Bordetella (Optional)
  • 10 to 12 Weeks
    • Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
    • Leptospirosis (Optional)
    • Influenza Combo Vaccine (H3N2 and H3N) (Optional)
  • 14 to 16 Weeks
    • Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
    • Rabies
    • Influenza Combo Vaccine (H3N2 and H3N) (Optional)
    • Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
    • Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)
  • 6- 12 Months
    • Spay (female)
    • Neuter (male)

Vaccinations for Adult Dogs

Following the initial round or "puppy series" vaccines, your dog will need core vaccine boosters beginning at the one year mark and continuing every one to three years thereafter, depending on the specific vaccine and your dog's lifestyle and needs. We will develop a plan to rotate your dog's core vaccines for continued protection for your dog using the least amount of vaccine possible.

Important Rabies Information

You are required by NC law to keep your cat or dog vaccinated against rabies at all times, even if your pet never goes outside. Please be careful to never let this vaccine lapse! If your pet’s rabies vaccine has expired and he or she is even possibly exposed to rabies, law enforcement will either seize your pet for a six-month quarantine (away from you) at your expense or can require euthanasia in order to eliminate the risk of transmission to humans.

IF YOUR PET IS BITTEN BY A UNKNOWN or UNVACCINATED ANIMAL (wild or domestic), you must, by law, have your pet boostered for rabies within 5 days, even if they are currently vaccinated.

Preventing Parasites

When left unaddressed, parasites infestations can be life-threatening. At your pet's annual physical exam, we ask you to bring a stool sample to check your pet for intestinal parasites. Your veterinarian will also talk with you about recommended heartworm testing.

Learn More About Parasite Prevention

Our parasite prevention products will help protect your pet against the following common parasites:

Fleas, Asheville Vet


Fleas are small, non-flying external parasites that consume the blood of mammals and birds.

Ticks, Asheville Vet


Ticks are external parasites that feed on the blood of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Ear Mites, Asheville Vet

Ear Mites

An arachnid, ear mites live in the ear canals of dogs, cats, small animals and humans.

Heartworm, Asheville Vet


Heartworm is a small, thread-like parasitic roundworm that is spread to your pet through mosquito bites.

Hookworm, Asheville Vet


Hookworms are blood-consuming, parasitic roundworms that inhabit the digestive system of cats and dogs.

Roundworm, Asheville Vet


Roundworms are intestine-dwelling parasites that feed off of partially digested intestinal contents.

Tapeworm, Asheville Vet


Tapeworms are flat, segmented parasitic worms that can inhabit the intestines of some animals.

Whipworm, Asheville Vet


A parasitic roundworm, whipworm has a whip-like appearance and is commonly found in dogs.

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