Our Austell veterinarians help protect your cat or dog from a range of diseases and disorders with routine pet vaccinations and parasite prevention.

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Protection & Prevention

At Bullard Animal Hospital, we focus on preventive care to avoid your pet developing common diseases and disorders in the first place.

Pet vaccinations and parasite prevention are the foundations of your animal's routine healthcare, along with routine wellness exams.

Preventive care gives your pet the best chance at a long, healthy life. We will work with you to create a custom care plan for your cat or dog that is tailored to their unique needs. 

Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention Services, Austell

Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

Ensuring your pets have up-to-date vaccinations is essential to protect your fur friend from a range of contagious diseases that can be very serious. Spaying and neutering prevent unwanted births as well as help to protect your pet against certain type of cancer. These routine surgeries may also prevent unwanted behaviors, such as howling, scooting, roaming and aggression.

Cat Vaccinations

Kittens should get the following shots within their first year to protect them from serious diseases:

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

    While not vaccinations, spaying, neutering and microchipping help protect your cat from a number of health issues; therefore, they fall under the umbrella of preventive care. 

    • Spay (females) - Spaying your female cat prevents the birth of unwanted litters of kittens, protects your cat against serious illnesses and can help to prevent howling and scooting, which accompany 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 cat's skin. Cats that are microchipped are known to have a better chance of being reunited with their owners if they are ever lost.

Dog Vaccinations

In their first year of life, puppies need the following shots to protect them from dangerous diseases: 

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

    Although spaying, neutering and microchipping are not puppy vaccinations, they help protect your dog from a number of health issues. 

    • Spay (female) - Spaying will prevent your female dog from mothering puppies, but it can also help prevent regular heat cycles, which can attract roaming males to your property. Spaying can also prevent certain cancers. 
    • Neuter (male) - Dog neutering can help keep your male dog from fathering unwanted puppies, as well as protecting them from a number of serious cancers. Neutering can also help reduce the risk of roaming and aggression in your dog.
    • Microchipping - This permanent form of identification is about the size of a grain of rice and is placed under your dog's skin. Dogs that are microchipped are more likely to be reunited with their families if they ever get lost.
  • 12 to 16 Months
    • Final Booster: DHPP 
    • Rabies
    • Final Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
    • Final Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)

Parasite Prevention

Parasites pose a serious health threat to people and animals alike in the Austell area. Left untreated, parasites can threaten your pet's life and, in some cases, can be transmitted to people or other pets in your household. Our parasite prevention products can help keep your dog or cat safe from the following common parasites:


Fleas are external parasites that feed on the blood of birds and mammals. Left untreated, fleas can spread throughout your home.


These external parasites live on the blood of mammals and are responsible for the spread of a number of serious conditions in humans and animals. 

Ear Mites

Tiny and highly contagious, ear mites reside in the ear canals of dogs, cats and other mammals. These parasites reproduce continuously throughout their lifespan. 


This thread-like parasitic roundworm is spread via mosquito bites and makes its home in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of infected animals.


These parasites live in a cat's or dog's digestive tract, where they feed on the animal's blood. Hookworms can lead to anemia and other serious conditions.


This parasitic worm lives in the intestine and feeds on partially digested intestinal contents. This parasite can rob your pet of vital nutrients they need to stay healthy.


Tapeworms are spread when your pet ingests infected fleas during grooming. These hook-like parasitic worms live and grow in your pet's intestines. 


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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