Our vets in Cave Creek are here to help keep your cat or dog safe from various potentially life-threatening disorders and diseases with routine parasite prevention and pet vaccinations.

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Protection & Prevention

At Animal Health Services of Cave Creek, our team focuses on preventive care to prevent common diseases and disorders from arising in your pets.

In combination with routine wellness exams, parasite prevention, and pet vaccinations establish the base of your companion's routine veterinary care. 

Preventive care is your pet's best chance to live a healthy and long life. You and our veterinary team will work together to develop a customized preventive care plan that's tailored to the needs of your dog or cat.

Pet Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Cave Creek

Pet Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

It's essential that you keep your cat or dog up to date with their vaccinations to protect them from contagious diseases that are often very serious. Getting your companion spayed or neutered doesn't just prevent the birth of undesirable litters; these routine veterinary procedures could also help keep them safe from some serious types of cancer. They may also avert unwanted behaviors such as animal aggression, roaming, howling, and scooting.

Cat Vaccinations

During their first year of life, there is a range of shots kittens require to protect them from serious diseases. 

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

    Below is not a list of kitten vaccinations however, having your kitty microchipped and spayed or neutered helps keep them safe from a handful of health conditions, falling under the category of preventive healthcare.

    • Spay (females) - Getting your female cat spayed helps to prevent them from giving birth to unwanted kittens, guards them against a range of serious illnesses, and can help to prevent behaviors that accompany heat cycles such as howling and scooting.
    • Neuter (males) - Neutering your male cat keeps them from fathering unwanted kittens, protects them from many illnesses, and helps to prevent territory marking (spraying), roaming, howling, and cat aggression. 
    • Microchipping - A microchip is a permanent method of identification it's roughly the size of a grain of rice and is placed under your pet’s skin. Pets with a microchip have a better chance of being found if they become lost.

Dog Vaccinations

Puppies require the following shots in their first year to keep them safe from dangerous illnesses. 

  • 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)

    Even though the following doesn't state a range of puppy vaccinations, having your dog spayed/neutered, and microchipping helps to protect them from a number of health conditions, making them a part of the preventive health care umbrella. 

    • Spay (female) - Spaying female dogs stops them from mothering puppies, prevents several cancers and regular heat cycles that attract roaming male dogs to your property.
    • Neuter (male) - Neutering for male dogs helps prevent them from fathering unwanted puppies, as well as defends your dog against serious types of cancer, and reduces their risk of roaming and dog aggression.
    • Microchipping - A microchip is a type of permanent identification which is approximately the size of a grain of rice and applied under your dog’s skin. Pups that have a microchip have a higher chance of being reunited with their owners if they get lost.
  • 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 dangerous health threat to both humans and their pets in the Cave Creek area.  If parasites aren't treated they could threaten the life of your pet, and some could potentially be spread to other people or pets living in your home. The parasite prevention products we have available at Animal Health Services of Cave Creek can help protect your cat or dog from the common parasites listed:


Fleas are external parasites that eat the blood of mammals. If they aren't treated, they can spread quickly within your home.


Ticks are external parasites that feed on the blood of mammals and are responsible for transmitting a range of dangerous illnesses to pets and people. 

Ear Mites

Ear mites are very small and super contagious. They live in the ear canals of dogs, cats, and other mammals. They reproduce continuously during their lifespan. 


These thread-like parasitic roundworms are spread through mosquito bites and live in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of the animals they infect.


Hookworms live in the digestive tract of cats and dogs feeding on the pet's blood. This parasite can cause anemia and other severe conditions.


Roundworms live in the intestines and feed on partially digested intestinal contents. They can rob your cat or dog of vital nutrients they need to be healthy.


Tapeworms are transmitted when an infected flea is ingested during grooming. These hook-like parasitic worms live and grow in the intestines of your pet. 


Whipworms are spread through the ingestion of soil that has been contaminated with an infected dog's feces. Whipworms are a serious threat to the health of dogs.

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