The average vet bill for a dog varies, and is largely influenced by the reason for the visit to the vet, as well as the severity of the medical condition, if any. Usually, fees for regular vet visits range between $45 to $55, but visits requiring specialized care and emergency care can result in vet fees running into hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Below are some common vet procedures in the United States, and the average vet bill you can expect to pay for each procedure:
Regular Wellness Check-ups And Routine Care
Regular vet visits are needed to keep a pooch in good health, and prevent the occurrence of certain medical conditions. The cost of a routine vet check-up typically ranges between $45 to $55, but this is only the base fee.
Additional costs may be incurred during the course of carrying out a routine check-up on your pooch, depending on what your vet discovers while examining the dog. And these extra fees can significantly increase the total amount spent on a regular wellness check.
That said, common routine and preventive care procedures for dogs and the price estimates for each procedure are listed below:
- Anal gland expression – $25 to $50
- Nail trimming – $10 to $20
- Fecal examination – $25 to $45
- Heartworm tests – $45 to $50
Dogs are prone to suffering from a number of dental issues, and as a result, dental related issues are a particularly popular reason for vet visits in the United States. Tartar and plaque can easily build up on a dog’s teeth, if not taken care of, and this can cause several problems including gum disease for the pooch.
Dental cleaning is a common preventive care routine for dogs, and the average cost of this exercise typically ranges between $70 to $400. For dogs with diseased teeth or oral infections, treatment costs are significantly higher, and owners may have to pay fees ranging between $800 to $3,000, depending on the severity of the condition.
Ear infections, just like dental issues, are predominant among dogs and also constitute a high percentage of visits to the vet.
The exposed nature of dogs’ ears makes it considerably easy for pooches to develop issues with their ears. And although ear infections aren’t exactly life-threatening, they can be quite uncomfortable for a pooch to deal with.
That said, it will cost you upwards of $40 to treat your dog’s ear infection, depending on the part of the pooch’s ear that is infected, and the severity of the condition.
Also featured on the list of medical conditions that are commonly observed among dogs, regardless of breed or size, are skin infections. That said, there are several types of skin infections that your dog may fall victim to, but some of the more common examples include bacterial infections, fungal infections, parasitic infestations, and more.
More often than not, skin infections require specialized care and vets across the country typically prescribe medication costing between $100 to $200 to treat this condition.
Fleas make dogs, as well as their owners miserable; Hence, to guarantee your pooch’s comfort, it is recommended that you set apart a budget for carrying out period flea testing exercises on your pooch.
Flea testing mostly involves the vet just carrying out a thorough visual examination of the pet, and as such prices of this test are reasonably priced – You should expect to spend between $10 to $15 to carry out monthly flea testing on your pooch.
Vaccination is important to develop a pooch’s immune system from an early age, and help build resistance against certain deadly diseases that typically affect and kill dogs.
Recommended vaccinations for dogs include shots against parvovirus, canine distemper, rabies and hepatitis, just to mention a few. The average cost of vaccines for these diseases varies, but you can expect to pay between $15 to $30 per vaccine shot.
Subsequently, when you add up all the core vaccine shots that puppies are required to take, you’ll most likely end up paying between $60 to $120 in vaccination fees for the first year of a pooch’s life.
Spaying And Neutering
If you’re not interested in raising an army of puppies or breeding your pooch, then you should consider investing in a spaying/neutering procedure for your pooch.
Spaying/Neutering involves either a partial or complete removal of your pooch’s reproductive system. And apart from preventing unwanted pregnancies, spaying/neutering can also prevent the development of certain dog behavior such as urine spraying as well as medical conditions such as cancer of the testes and prostate issues.
Spaying/Neutering is a fairly common procedure in the United States, and vets across the country typically charge between $200 to $800 to get rid of your pooch’s reproductive system.
Yes, the variation in prices for spaying and neutering is considerably large, and this is largely influenced by the quality of the clinic at which the procedure is carried out. In addition, spaying (for female dogs) is typically more complex to carry out than neutering (for male dogs), hence you can expect prices for this procedure to fall on the higher side.
Dogs are allergic to a wide variety of substances, and exposure to any of these substances can greatly affect a pooch’s quality of life. That said, vets have the ability to detect the presence of allergies in dogs by running a series of blood or skin tests.
Prices for these allergy tests vary, but most vets in the United States will charge between $195 to $250 to carry out skin tests on your pooch, while blood tests, with prices ranging between $200 to $300 are slightly more expensive.