As pet owners ourselves, we know how important your pet is to you. When it comes to your pet’s safety, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. One of the best ways to safeguard your pet’s safety and wellness against disease is keeping them up-to-date on their vaccinations.
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.
Contact Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital today at (407) 352-2579 to schedule your pet’s appointment or let us answer any questions or concerns you may have about getting your pet vaccinated.
What Are Pet Vaccinations?
Pet vaccinations represent the latest and greatest advancement in health and medical technology. Vaccinations are used to help protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases that were life-threatening years prior but can now be prevented by means of vaccination.
Administered in a shot, vaccinations help boost your pet’s immune system to protect them from getting infected. Many diseases such as rabies can be prevented through vaccination but, if contracted, require costly and length treatments, can be fatal, or may require your pet to be put down.
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 saved millions of pets, granting them protection they need to live long and healthy lives.
Given the level of misinformation or uncertainty around vaccination, our team at Dr. Phillips is always here to help answer questions or mitigate concerns you have to make vaccinating your pet as easy and painless as possible!
Which Vaccinations Does My Pet Need?
When deciding which vaccinations your pet needs, some are required and some recommended, grouped as ‘Core’, ‘Non-core’, and ‘Not Recommend’.
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 animals 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:
- Local Regulations
- Medical History
The following are core vaccinations we recommend for your pet.
Core Vaccinations for Puppies & Kittens
Given your pet and kitten has a growing yet fragile immune system, bring your puppy or kitten in to start receiving their core vaccinations from 8 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 12.
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 grow strong and healthy.
Core Vaccinations for Dogs
The following are core vaccinations recommended/required for dogs:
- Canine Adenovirus
Dogs living in wooden or tick-infested areas should also be vaccinated for Lyme disease
Core Vaccinations for Cats
The following are core vaccinations recommended/required for cats:
- Feline Distemper
- 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.
What Happens After My Pet Gets Vaccinated?
It’s normal for pets to experience mild side effects after receiving a vaccine. Please discuss with our vet about 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. These 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.
What Are Risks or Concerns with Pet Vaccination?
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.
Why Should Your Pet Get Vaccinated at Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital?
Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital features a newly renovated clinic, outfitted with the most advanced state-of-the-art veterinary technology. Over the last 8 years, our vet has developed a proven-effective vaccination methodology.
We provided vaccinations for diseases such as:
- Kennel Cough
- K9 Influenza
- Dental Diseases
- Feline Leukemia
- Leptospirosis (Lepto)
- Lyme Disease
Dr. Phillips offers a 7 in 1 vaccine to help your pet have the save level of protection with fewer visits. Our advanced veterinary equipment, experience, and relationships with manufacturers allow us to offer our vaccinations at affordable prices while providing the top quality care for pets we have become known for
By choosing Dr. Phillips, we will help you make the right decision to keep your pet safe to help you enjoy a long and healthy life together. Call us to book your appointment, test, or discuss your pet’s health with one of our friendly staff today at (407) 352-2579.