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Reasonable Pet Vaccination Costs

What You Should Expect to Spend

By Meredith Alling. August 07, 2013 | See Comments

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Reasonable Pet Vaccination Costs

Vaccinating your pet can cost much less than many pet parents think. Find out more here on how to protect your pet's health without breaking the bank.

Vaccinations are immunity-boosting shots that protect pets from certain diseases and conditions. Veterinarians recommend a set of core vaccines for every dog and cat, and beyond that, a number of “non-core” vaccines are also available for pets living in certain locations or conditions. But what will it all cost? Here we'll look at what you should expect to see for pet vaccination costs of regular vaccine sets for puppies and kittens, as well as the additional "non-core" vaccines.

Costs will always vary depending on your geographic location and if you choose to go to a low-cost clinic or veterinarian.

Puppy Vaccination Costs

Core Vaccines:

Core vaccines are the vaccines recommended for all dogs. They protect against the most common diseases and conditions, and should be started at about 6 to 8 weeks of age, which is when natural antibodies found in the mother’s milk begin to wear off.

  • DAPPV: Four of the core vaccines are usually given together in the vaccine DAPPV. DAPPV is named for the viruses it protects against -- Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza.

Cost: $20-$30. This vaccine is administered three times over the course of several weeks for a total cost of $60-$90.

  • Rabies: The rabies vaccine is used to prevent infection caused by the rabies virus. This vaccine is usually required by state law.

Cost: $10-$15.

Non-Core Vaccines:

Non-core vaccines are given based on where your dog lives and the conditions they will be living in. Not all dogs require non-core vaccines, so talk to your veterinarian to find out which, if any, will be beneficial to your dog.

  • Coronavirus: This vaccine protects against Coronavirus, an intestinal infection that can be contracted from fecal and oral matter.

Cost: $10-$15. This vaccine is administered twice for a total cost of $20-$30. The Coronavirus vaccine can also be given along with DAPPV to form a five-way vaccine, which may bring the cost down.

Cost: $10-$15. The vaccine is administered twice for a total cost of $20-$30.

  • Leptospirosis: This vaccine protects against the Leptospirosis infection that is carried and transmitted by wild animals.

Cost: $10-$15. The vaccine is administered twice for a total cost of $20-$30.

  • Bordetella: This vaccine protects against Bordetella, or “kennel cough,” which is a bacterial illness with symptoms similar to the common cold.

Cost: $10-$15. The vaccine is administered twice for a total cost of $20-$30.

  • Canine Influenza: This vaccine protects against the canine flu virus.

Cost: $10-$15. The vaccine is administered twice for a total cost of $20-$30.

Kitten Vaccination Costs

Core Vaccines:

Core vaccines are the vaccines recommended for all cats. They protect against the most common diseases and conditions, and should be started at about 6 to 8 weeks of age, which is when the natural antibodies found in the mother’s milk begin to wear off.

  • FVRCP: Three of the core vaccines are usually given together in the vaccine FVRCP. FVRCP is named for the viruses it protects against -- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, and Feline Panleukopenia (also known as Feline Distemper).

Cost: $10-$20. This vaccine is administered three times for a total cost of $30-$60.

  • Rabies: The rabies vaccine is used to prevent infection caused by the rabies virus. This vaccine is usually required by state law.

Cost: $5-$20.

Non-Core Vaccines:

Non-core vaccines are given based on where your cat lives and the conditions they will be living in. Not all cats require non-core vaccines, so talk to your veterinarian to find out which ones will be beneficial to your cat.

  • FeLV: This vaccine protects against feline leukemia, which is the leading viral killer of cats.

Cost: $5-$15. This vaccine is administered twice for a total cost of $10-$30.

  • Feline Chlamydia: This vaccine protects against the Chlamydia infection.

Cost: $5-$15. This vaccine is administered twice for a total cost of $10-$30.

  • Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV): This vaccine protects against the retrovirus that causes immunodeficiency disease in cats. Feline immunodeficiency is sometimes referred to as feline AIDS.

Cost: $5-$15. This vaccine is administered three times for a total cost of $15-$45.

  • Bordetella: This vaccine protects against the bacterial illness Bordetella, though it's becoming a very uncommon vaccine for cats.

Cost: $5-$15.

Most vaccinations require yearly boosters. Talk to your veterinarian to determine the best vaccination schedule for your dog or cat.

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.

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