Pet Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention

Our veterinarians in Novato use routine pet vaccinations and parasite prevention to help you protect your beloved pet from a wide variety of serious diseases.

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Protection & Prevention

At South Novato Animal Hospital our team focuses on preventive care as a method to stop the development of common disorders and diseases.

We combine pet vaccinations and parasite prevention with routine wellness exams to form the foundation of your pet's regular healthcare. 

Preventive care is your cat or dogs best chance at living a long and healthy life. Our skilled veterinary team will work closely with with you in order to develop a preventive care plan that is customized and tailored to meet your pet's unique requirements. 

Pet Vaccinations in Novato

Pet Vaccination & Reproductive Surgery Schedule

Keeping your dog or cat's vaccinations current and up to date is key when it comes to protecting your furry friend from a range of contagious, often serious diseases. Having your pet spayed or neutered not only prevents the birth of unwanted litters, they can also help protect your pet from serious forms of cancer and, prevent unwanted behaviors like howling, scooting, roaming, and animal aggression.

Cat Vaccinations

There is a variety of shots kittens require before they are one year old in order to protect them from a range of 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

    The following protective measures are not kitten vaccinations however, neutering, spaying and microchipping are vital in protecting your cat from a range of health issues, falling under the umbrella of preventative health care.

    • Spay (females) - Having your female cat spayed protects your cat from serious illnesses as well as prevents them from giving birth to unwanted kittens. Spaying can also help to prevent undesirable behaviours including scooting and howling which can accompany heat cycles. 
    • Neuter (males) - Getting your male cat neutered  prevents them from becoming the father to unwanted kitten litters, it even protects them from a variety of illnesses and can help stop behaviours like howling, roaming, territory marking (spraying) as well as, cat aggression. 
    • Microchipping - A microchip is about the size of a rice grain and is a permanent method of identification. It is placed under the skin of your cat so it can help you find them if they become lost.

Dog Vaccinations

Before they're 12 months old there are shots your puppy needs to keep them safe from dangerous illnesses and diseases.

  • 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)

    The following does not contain puppy vaccinations although neutering, spaying and microchipping your dog can help protect them from a range of health conditions placing them in the category of preventive health care. 

    • Spay (female) - Spaying your female dog will stop them from mothering puppies, prevent them from getting certain cancers and heat cycles that attract roaming male dogs.
    • Neuter (male) - Having your male dog neutered prevents them from fathering unwanted puppies, protects them from a hand full of serious cancers, and reduces the risk of roaming and dog aggression.
    • Microchipping - Microchips ( about the size of a rice grain) are permanent forms of pet identification. Your vet places one under your dogs skin to increase the chances of your dog being found if they get lost.
  • 12 to 16 Months
    • Final Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
    • Rabies
    • Final Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
    • Final Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)

The Importance of Rabies Vaccines in Novato

Rabies can be a serious threat to pets in Novato. Marin County laws mandate vaccination for cats and dogs against rabies to protect animals from this fatal disease.

For more information on vaccination requirements in Marin County, please visit:

County of Marin Municipal Code County of Marin - News Release

Parasite Prevention

Parasites are a serious threat to the health of both you and your pet in the Novato area. If a parasite goes untreated it can pose a threat to the life of your dog or cat, they can also spread to the humans and other pets living in your home. At South Novato Animal Hospital we have parasite prevention products that can help protect your pet from the common parasites listed below:


A type of external parasite that feeds on the blood of mammals and birds. If fleas go untreated they can spread throughout your household quickly.


Tick are external parasites that can spread a number of serious health conditions to humans and pets. They survive by feeling on the blood of mammals.  

Ear Mites

Ear mites are tiny and extremely contagious, they live in the ear canals of cats, dogs and other mammals, reproducing constantly throughout their lives. 


A thread-like parasitic roundworm that spreads through mosquito bites. They make their homes in the lungs, heart and blood vessels of the animals they infect.


Hookworms are parasites that live in the digestive tract of dogs and cats feeding on their blood. These parasites can cause anemia and other serious health conditions.


A parasitic worm that resides in the intestine of pets, feeding on partially digested intestinal contents. Robbing your pet of the vital nutrients they need to be healthy.


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


Whipworms pose a serious health risk to dogs, and they spread when your pet ingests soil that has been in contact with an infected dog's feces. 

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