The cost of dog ownership can be steep, especially when factoring in food, toys, treats, daycare, and boarding. When a dog is young and healthy, preventative care is commonly avoided due to cost. However, prevention is the key to longevity. Here, the cost of preventative care for dogs is discussed.
Cost of Annual Veterinary Wellness Exam
Dogs should receive an annual wellness exam to detect early signs of disease. The average cost for this visit is $45 - $55, which does not include any additional tests. Many pet owners opt to include a yearly blood panel, particularly for monitoring senior dog health. This blood test averages $90 - $110. Fecal exams are also an important part of the dog health and wellness process. A fecal exam, in which the pet owner provides a pet’s fecal sample, tests for the presence of parasites. On average, this test costs $25 - $45.
Cost of Yearly Vaccines
Vaccinations are another necessary part of preventative dog health care, particularly when the vaccines are required by law. After completing the full course of puppy shots, adult dogs should receive the 1 or 3-year rabies vaccine in addition to parvo, distemper, and adenovirus. Pet owners can opt for additional vaccines such as leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease, and canine flu. Vaccines are $15 - $30 per shot, but low-cost options are available as well. Low-cost vaccination clinics often charge a fraction of the price as veterinary clinics, as low as $7 per vaccine.
Cost of Parasite Prevention
Traditional parasite prevention includes heartworm, fleas, and ticks but can also include roundworm, whipworm, and hookworms. Parasite prevention is not only important for dog health, but also for the health of a family as many of these parasites can infect humans.
The cost of parasite prevention varies widely, depending on the range of parasites covered by the preventative. In general, parasite prevention costs $10 - $30 per month.
Total Yearly Cost
In general, the estimated yearly cost of preventative dog health care in the United States is $220 - $700. While this estimate may seem expensive, ultimately it breaks down to $18 - $60 per month. In comparison, a single veterinary visit for the treatment of heartworm disease can exceed $300. In addition to the high cost of treatment for preventable diseases, a dog’s lifespan can be significantly shortened when proper precautions are ignored.
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Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified health care from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.