Average Cost Of Vet Visits

When you are thinking about adopting a pet, the last thing on your mind may be veterinary costs in the future. However, it is important that you consider vet visit costs and other fees when working out your budget for your pet over the next few years.

Your pet will need grooming, toys, food and other pet supplies. You will also need to take your pet to the vet at least once per year unless, of course, they are hurt or sick. These fees can cost additional money.

If you are asking, "How much will a vet visit cost"? there is no real answer. It depends. Most vet services can cost $100 or less depending on the procedures and treatments.

Basic Vet Costs

The cost of pet ownership is increasing. The average cost of a vet visit is also higher than it has ever been before since pet owners are now treating their pets differently. The majority of people treat their pets as part of their families. This means that pet owners are spending more on their pets and are more willing than ever to take them for regular vet visits.

The following are some of the most common vet services as well as their costs:

  • Routine checkups: $50 to $250
  • Spay/neuter: $160 to $220
  • Physical exams: $45 to $55
  • Vaccines per shot: $15 to $28
  • Fecal exam: $25 to $45
  • Dental cleaning: $70 to $400
  • Heartworm test: $45 to $50
  • Geriatric screening: $85 to $110
  • Allergy testing: $195 to $300

Additional, unexpected vet costs include:

  • Ultrasounds: $300 to $600
  • X-rays: $150 to $250
  • Short hospitalizations: $600 to $1,700
  • Long hospitalizations: $1,500 to $3,500
  • Emergency surgery: $1,500 to $5,000
  • Wound treatment: $800 to $2,500
  • Oxygen therapy: $500 to $3,000

Breed & Vet Costs

Did you know that the breed of your pet has an impact on vet costs as well? When talking about the breed, this refers to dogs in general. There are over 190 dog breeds in the U.S. and 42 cat breeds. Most pet insurance plans cover specific breed issues. For example, if you have a pet breed that is at high risk for certain medical conditions, it would help to obtain pet insurance in the event your pet develops those conditions.

If you are not sure about your pet’s specific breed conditions, you can reach out to your vet so you know what you can expect.

Emergency Vet Visits

Emergency vet visits happen when your pet requires life-saving or immediate care. This means that they cannot wait until a regular appointment during normal business hours. Thankfully, there are many vet clinics and animal hospitals that provide outside hours for emergencies only. If you are a new pet owner, you should make yourself aware of your closest emergency pet clinic just in case.

ER vet fees are typically higher and include:

  • ER exam: $75 to $125
  • IV fluids: $50 to $75
  • IV catheter: $60 to $75
  • Blood tests: $75 to $150
  • Urine tests: $25 to $50
  • Basic X-rays: $75 to $250
  • Pain meds: $40 to $80
  • Blood pressure measurement: $25 to $75
  • Vet tech monitoring/hospitalizations: $50 to $200