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If your pet is exhibiting concerning symptoms or experiencing a medical emergency, please call our clinic at (407) 352-2579. We’ll help you through it.

The Best Level of Protection

Each day your pet is unprotected leaves them as targets for easily preventable yet highly contagious and dangerous diseases. Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital offers a wide range of vaccinations to help keep your pet safe. Our experienced vet can help identify which are recommended or required based on your pet’s breed or lifestyle. We also offer a 7 in 1 vaccine to provide the same level of protection but with fewer visits.

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How Important Is Immunizing Your Pet?

As a loving pet owner, we know you want to do what is best for your pet. Vaccines are an inexpensive and low-risk way to protect your pet from contagious, painful, and potentially fatal diseases. Some vaccinations are so important they are required by law. Advancements in vaccination over the last century has helped save millions of pets, granting them the protection they need to live long and healthy lives.

Given the level of misinformation or uncertainty around vaccination, our team at Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital is always here to help answer questions or mitigate concerns you have to make vaccinating your pet as easy and painless as possible!

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Not Every Breed Requires the Same Vaccinations

Different breeds of dogs react to vaccinations differently with some threatening serious health issues for your pet. Our expert veterinarian knows exactly which breeds need which vaccinations and which ones to avoid. That way, you don’t have to worry about the health or safety of your pet during the vaccination process.

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“Dr. Qasim has been amazing with caring for my aging dog. He goes above and beyond every time he sees her.The hours are extremely convenient with my inflexible schedule, since they are open evenings and on weekends. They always see me on short notice without any hassle. I’m so glad I found them.”

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“Compared to the private clinics in the area, the prices were very reasonable. Quality was wonderful, the staff was great, and they made sure I understood every step of the way what was going on and what treatment options were available. My pet needed help after hours, and instead of having to pay an arm and a leg at the emergency clinic, I was surprised to find out that they were open until 11pm on weekdays! What a life-saver !”

By choosing Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital, we will help you make the right decision to keep your pet safe to help you enjoy a long and healthy life together. Contact us to book your appointment, test, or discuss your pet’s health with one of our friendly staff today at (407) 352-2579.

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Required Vaccinations

Which vaccinations does my pet need?

When deciding which vaccinations your pet needs, some are required and some recommended. These are grouped as ‘Core’, ‘Non-core’, and ‘Not Recommended’.

In most states, including the state of Florida, it is required by law that all cats, dogs, and ferrets 4 months or older are vaccinated against rabies. A vet can exempt animals in writing for these when the vaccination will put the animal's life at risk due to age, medical conditions, illness, or their disability. Learn more about this requirement.

Factors which determine which vaccinations your pet needs will depend on:

  • Age
  • Breed
  • Lifestyle
  • Local Regulations
  • Medical History

What are the core vaccinations for puppies and kittens?

You should bring your puppy or kitten in to start receiving their core vaccinations from 7 weeks old. After receiving their initial shots at 8 weeks, they will need additional booster shots every 3-4 weeks until they are 20 weeks old. In their second round of shots, they should receive the rabies vaccine administered in week 16.

Puppies and kittens are born with immature immune systems, which make them highly vulnerable to contracting certain illnesses. On average, your dog or cat will lose their natural antibodies around 16-20 weeks old. Therefore, Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital has a recommended series of core vaccines for your pet to keep them strong and healthy.

What are core vaccinations for dogs?

The following are core vaccinations recommended or required for dogs:
  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Parvo
  • Parainfluenza
  • Canine Adenovirus
  • Kennel Cough
  • Leptospirosis

Dogs living in wooden or tick-infested areas should also be vaccinated for Lyme disease

What are the core vaccinations for cats?

The following are core vaccinations recommended or required for cats:

  • Rabies
  • Feline Distemper
  • Herpes
  • Calicivirus
  • Chlamydia
  • Feline Leukemia


How often should your pet be vaccinated?

Most vaccinations require an initial shot with following up booster shots. Follow-up shots differ based on the type of vaccination or brand. Our vet and team will discuss with you how often a certain vaccination is recommended or required for your pet.

Risks & Concerns

What risks should you be aware of?

Based on your pet's medical history, some may have adverse reactions or health conditions that can be aggravated by immunizations. Each animal brought into Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital will be properly assessed and examined before being given vaccinations to ensure your pet’s safety.

Whether your pet is big or small, young or old, vaccinations help provide peace of mind knowing your pet is protected from life-threatening diseases.

What happens after your pet gets vaccinated?

It’s normal for pets to experience mild side effects after receiving a vaccine. Please discuss with our vet what to expect after getting your pet vaccinated to ensure your furry friend can recover from their treatment as quickly as possible.

More severe and uncommon side effects from vaccination look like allergy symptoms.

Concerning symptoms to watch out for include

  • Constant Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Itchy Skin That Appears Bumpy (“hives”)
  • Swelling of the Muzzle or Around the Neck, Face, or Eyes
  • Acute Coughing
  • Difficulty Breathing

If your pet starts experiencing these symptoms after being immunized, please contact our team immediately to provide assistance.

How to Get Started

Step One:
Call us to book your pet’s appointment.

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Step Two:
Our expert vet will safely administer all necessary vaccinations.

Step Three:
Get back to enjoying your happy and healthy life with your furry best friend.

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We love and care for each patient as if they were our own pet.

Meet Our Team of Animal Lovers

Dr. Bilal Qasim, DVM, established Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital in 2011 after practicing veterinary medicine for over 17 years with the help of talented and caring veterinary technicians.

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We love and care for each patient as if they were our own pet.

Meet Our Team of Animal Lovers

Dr. Bilal Qasim, DVM, established Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital in 2011 after practicing veterinary medicine for over 17 years with the help of talented and caring veterinary technicians.