As I mentioned recently, Sandy is behind on her shots. Very behind, actually. (Bad pet owner! No biscuit!) Patches is also due pretty soon, since we got her last May.
It’s important that we get them up to date in the very near future, since we’ll need to board them while we’re in Vegas. But the miser in me still wanted to call around and find out what prices regular vets charge.
All I can say is: The shots aren’t supposed to hurt the owner, but I winced during each and every phone call.
First of all, each vet I called had a different combination of shots. One was for rabies, feline leukemia and some respiratory thing I didn’t catch the name of. (Exam fee of $46 — ouch! — and $122 for the shots.) Another was rabies, distemper and kennel cough. (Exam fee $25, shots $95.)
Oh, and this is all before our 9-point-something sales tax.
Petsmart’s Banfield Hospital is a little more bearable at a total fee of $101. Even better, on Sundays they have a vaccine clinic that lets you get the shots for just $65.05.
A couple caveats:
* There’s no exam. If your pet is healthy, great. If you want to make sure of that, the clinic isn’t for you.
* It’s just two shots: rabies and distemper. So if you think you’ll board your pet within the next six months, you may need to get the kennel cough shot, as well. I don’t think the clinic provides this option.
That said, you’re saving $35 off Banfield’s normal rate, which is about $20 off most vets’ rates.
Another option is to do an Internet search. My mom typed in “free rabies shot Phoenix” and found something. Granted, it’s only offered to the first 25 people, but if you’re determined to get that free shot, it’s worth scouring the web a bit.
I also found that the Humane Society of Arizona has low-cost vaccination clinics (no income limits) that offer shots at $18 per. For a total of $54, you can get your cat’s shots against distemper/upper respiratory, rabies and feline leukemia.
So what do you end up paying for your pet’s shots? Do you just bite the bullet or are you able to find deals?