Our Tucson veterinarians can help you protect your cat or dog from serious diseases and parasites.

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Protection & Prevention

We focus on preventive care at Cortaro Farms Pet Hospital 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. 

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Tucson

Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

Current puppy and kitten vaccinations are critical for protecting your pet from a variety of contagious, and frequently fatal, diseases. Spaying or neutering your pet not only prevents unwanted litters, but these common veterinary procedures may also help protect your pet from certain serious forms of cancer. They may be effective at preventing undesirable behaviors such as howling, scooting, roaming, and animal aggression.

Cat Vaccinations

Kittens need these shots to protect them from serious diseases in their first year.

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

    While spaying, neutering, and microchipping are not kitten vaccinations, they do help protect your cat from a variety of health problems and thus fall under the category of preventive health care.

    • Spay (females) - Spaying your female cat prevents the birth of unwanted litters of kittens, protects your cat from serious illnesses, and can help to prevent heat-related behaviors such as howling and scooting.
    • Neuter (males) -Neutering your male cat prevents him from fathering unwanted kittens, protects him from various diseases, and may help prevent territory marking (spraying), roaming, howling, and cat aggression. 
    • Microchipping - A microchip is a permanent form of identification placed under your pet's skin. Lost pets with microchips have a better chance of being found.

Dog Vaccinations

Dogs need these shots to protect them from serious diseases in their first year.

  • 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 spaying, neutering, and microchipping are not puppy vaccinations, they do help protect your dog from a variety of health problems and thus fall under the category of preventive health care.

    • Spay (female) - Spaying your female dog will prevent her from having puppies, as well as certain cancers and regular heat cycles, which can attract roaming males to your property.
    • Neuter (male) - Neutering your male dog prevents him from fathering unwanted puppies, protects him from various diseases, and may help prevent territory marking (spraying), roaming, howling, and dog aggression.
    • Microchipping -A microchip is a permanent form of identification placed under your pet's skin. Lost pets with microchips have a better chance of being found.
  • 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 health risk to both humans and animals in the Tucson area. Parasites, if left untreated, can endanger the life of your cat or dog and, in some cases, can be transmitted to other people or pets in your home. Our parasite prevention products can protect your dog or cat against the following common parasites:

Fleas

Fleas are external parasitic insects that prey on birds and mammals. Fleas can quickly spread throughout your household if left untreated.

Ticks

These external parasites feed on mammalian blood and spread serious diseases to humans and pets.

Ear Mites

In the ear canals of dogs, cats, and other mammals, tiny, highly contagious ear mites live. These parasites continue to reproduce throughout their lives.

Heartworm

This thread-like parasitic roundworm is spread by mosquito bites and lives in infected animals' hearts, lungs, and blood vessels.

Hookworm

These parasites live in cats' and dogs' digestive tracts, where they feed on the pet's blood. Hookworms can cause anemia and other serious health problems.

Roundworm

This parasitic worm feeds on partially digested intestine contents. This parasite can deprive your pet of essential nutrients.

Tapeworm

Tapeworms spread by ingesting infected fleas while grooming. These parasitic worms that look like hooks live and grow in your pet's intestines.

Whipworm

Whipworms are spread by ingesting soil that has come into contact with the feces of an infected dog. Whipworms are dangerous to dogs' health.

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