Pet Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention

Our veterinary team in South Plainfield can help to protect your dog or cat from a wide variety of serious diseases, conditions and disorders using parasite prevention treatments and routine vaccinations. 

Book An Appointment

Protection & Prevention

At Plainfield Animal Hospital, we focus 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 form the foundation of your animal's routine healthcare. 

preventive care is the key to providing your pet with a long, healthy and happy life. Our veterinary team will work closely together and with you to develop a preventive treatment plan that is tailored to your pet's unique needs. 

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, South Plainfield

Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

Up-to-date cat and dog vaccinations are critical to protecting our four-legged companion from a wide variety of contagious and serious diseases. Likewise, spaying or neutering your pet will not only prevent the birth of unwanted litters, but will also prevent some forms of serious diseases such as cancer. These preventive procedures may also put a stop to problematic behaviors like scooting, howling, roaming or aggression.

Cat Vaccinations

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

  • 6 to 8 weeks
    • Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
  • 10 to 12 weeks
    • Feline Leukemia
    • Booster: Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
  • 14 to 16 Weeks
    • Feline Leukemia 2
    • Booster: Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia
  • 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 cat prevent her from giving birth to unwanted litters of kittens and protects her against serious illness. It can also prevent behaviors like scooting and howling which may accompany your kitty's 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. 

  • 6 to 8 weeks
    • DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
  • 10 to 12 Weeks
    • Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
    • Leptospirosis (Optional)
    • Bordetella (Optional)
  • 14 to 16 Weeks
      • Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
      • Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)
      • Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
      • Rabies

    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) - Neutering your dog prevents them from fathering puppies. However, it also prevents a number of serious kinds of cancer along with the risk of aggression and roaming in your pup.
    • 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)
    • Final Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)
    • Final Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
    • Rabies

Parasite Prevention

Parasites pose a serious health threat to people and animals in the South Plainfield 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 parasitic worm is spread through the bites of mosquitos and make their home in your pet's lungs, heart and blood vessels. Treatment can take a toll on your pet's body

Hookworm

Hookworms live in your dog or cat's digestive tract. There, they feed on the blood of your pet. These parasites can cause anemia as well as 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.

« Go Back

Welcoming New Patients

At Plainfield Animal Hospital, we are always welcoming new patients! Our vets are passionate about providing state-of-the-art care to South Plainfield's companion animals. Contact us today to book your first appointment.

Contact Us

(908) 755-2428