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How Much Does Dog Vaccination Cost?

average costMedium: $10-$100 per yearhigh costHigh: $20-$150 the first year
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  Typical costs:
  • The average cost for dog vaccinations ranges from $20 to $150 in the first year, and from $10 to $100 per year afterward.
  • The cost varies based on which vaccinations are given and whether they are done at a veterinarian's office or a low-cost vaccination clinic run by a local government or humane organization.
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What should be included:
  • Puppies usually are vaccinated at two, three, and four months of age. Unvaccinated adult dogs receive two rounds of vaccinations about three weeks apart. After that, dogs usually receive boosters annually.
  • The basic shots -- for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and sometimes leptospirosis and coronavirus -- usually are administered together in a combination vaccine. The rabies vaccine is given separately in accordance with local laws.
  •[1] offers an overview of dog vaccinations.
Additional costs:
  • Some dog daycare facilities or kennels require vaccinations not included in the standard round of shots, such as for bordatella, known as kennel cough. In certain parts of the country, veterinarians recommend extra vaccinations, such as for Lyme disease. Extra vaccinations usually cost about $10 to $15 or more each.
  • Most humane societies and shelters include the first rounds of vaccinations in the adoption fee.
  • Tip: It is possible to order vaccines online and vaccinate the dog yourself, but be sure you order from a reliable company.[2] has a guide on how to vaccinate a pet.
  • Depending on local laws, rabies vaccinations can now be given on a three-year schedule rather than yearly.
Shopping for dog vaccination:
  • Vaccinations protect dogs against life-threatening diseases, but side effects can include injection-site swelling, or fever and sluggishness that resolve within a day or two or, rarely, a serious allergic reaction.[3] has a primer on allergic reactions. And the American Veterinary Medical Association[4] lists the benefits and risks of vaccinations.
  • To find a good veterinarian, ask fellow dog owners, breeders or humane associations. Or, search at the American Veterinary Medical Association[5] website to find your state's veterinary medical association for a referral. Then ask how long the veterinarian has been practicing and how much continuing education he or she receives per year. Tour the clinic to check on cleanliness, attitude, policies and prices. provides guidelines on how to find[6] and which questions to ask[7] a veterinarian.
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I was looking for a low cost vet- not sure what I found
Amount: $144.00
Posted by: BeeKeeperAR in Little Rock, AR.Posted: June 24th, 2017 09:06AM
Breed: Mix- 36 lbsType:
I pay 144 for the following shots with an exam: Novibac Canine 1-DAPPv Vaccine, 1-Rabies Vaccine, Bordatella Vaccine, Fecal Float, Heartworm Test. Is that a fair bill?
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Dog vaccinations and heart worm test and prevention
Amount: $111.00
Posted by: [email protected] in Austin, TX.Posted: August 3rd, 2015 08:08AM
Breed: Lab mixType:
Vet: Austin, TX
For rabies,DA2P+PV and bordetella vaccinations; a heartworm test; and a year of heart worm prevention, it came out to $111.
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Amount: $25.00
Posted by: KaiKai's Mom in Kaneohe, HI.Posted: June 2nd, 2015 01:06AM
Vet: Vetco @ Petco/Kaneohe
Vetco charges $25 for the DHPP, $25 for the Lespro & $25 for the Bordatella...Hawaii is a rabie free state so rabie shots are not offered. The VCA Pet Clinic in Kaneohe offers a package of a check up, the 3 above vaccinations, fecal and heartworm test for $200...if you use the free exam coupon for first time patients, it's $49 less...I recall paying between $12-15 for these shots back in California a few years ago at Vetco in Temecula. Hawaii is SO expensive...but I love it my whole family is here :)
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Vetenarian Bills
Amount: $425.00
Posted by: nicole24 in St. James, NY.Posted: March 20th, 2015 02:03PM
Breed: King Charles CavalierType:
We were charged $425.00 for 3 shots; blood taken; stool sample anaylsis and flea and tick pill. One pill.
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Avoid Vets Who Won't Tell You Costs Up Front!
Amount: $179.00
Posted by: Marcus Crown in Library, PA.Posted: January 28th, 2015 07:01PM
Breed: BeagleType:
Vet: Near Trolly Stop
Went in for yearly shots. Got charged much more for things we didn't authorize. Girl claimed she's not allowed to tell prices.
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Amount: $46.50
Posted by: Regulha in Amarillo, TX.Posted: January 8th, 2015 09:01AM
Vet: Mobile Vet canyon dr
Check up with allergies shot
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puppies first set of shots and deworming
Amount: $110.00
Posted by: mack10 in Grande Prairie,Alberta, Other.Posted: November 13th, 2014 07:11AM
Vet: North Animal clinic
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Dog Vaccinations Cost
Amount: $53.00
Posted by: coton de tulear rescue in Louisville, KY.Posted: May 24th, 2014 05:05PM
Breed: coton de tulearType: all
Vet: Dr. John
You cannot beat Dr John's Well Pet clinics at Feeders Supply in Louisville. You do pay ten dollars for the vet visit, and then the cost for the vaccines. If they were not servicing Louisville at Feeder's , the cost of rescue pets would prohibit my ability to provide medical service for them.
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Rabies Vaccine
Amount: $26.50
Posted by: Jplus3 in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: May 18th, 2014 04:05PM
Breed: Bischon/Shih TzuType:
Vet: Anderson Hills Animal Care
This area does monthly vaccine clinics with no Vet exam-
$21.00/3yr. rabies plus $5.50/Hazardous waste disposal. Vet exam would have been another $40.00, I think it's all pricey! IMO vet prices are high no matter where you live. I have always tried to find a reputable county vet that strives to offer quality care and low pricing to help pet owners. Not many areas have this unfortunately, including mine.
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Amount: $50.00
Posted by: 8450girl in Elk river, MN.Posted: May 13th, 2014 03:05PM
Vet: Elk River, MN annual Vet Clinic
I attend the community pet clinics given at the city hall every year. There is no vet vet fee which automatically saves me $40 at a minimum. The shots given were Limes, $20 Rabies $20 and DHLLP $10. It took 15 minutes total to stand in line, get shots and pay $50 for all 3 shots offered. Love the vet clinics.
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3-yr Rabies Vaccine
Amount: $20.00
Posted by: RAP in Greenwich, CT.Posted: May 11th, 2013 09:05AM
Breed: Shih TzuType: Rabies
Vet: Dr Suppo
This was the annual Town of Greenwich Rabies Clinic given at the town animal shelter. rnrnLooking to still get the Lyme Vaccine for my dog without paying the office visit portion and just for the vaccine - if anyone knows a local Vet that only charges for the Vaccine I'd love to hear about them.
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office visit
Amount: $245.00
Posted by: djhw500 in Salem, MA.Posted: April 28th, 2013 04:04PM
Breed: beagleType:
office visit $58rnfecal $57rnrabies $31rnbordetella $37rnear check $34rnmeds for ears $27 ouch!!!!
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pitbull puppy
Amount: $85.00
Posted by: Karma in reisterstown, MD.Posted: February 20th, 2013 09:02AM
Vet: main street animal hospital
Nice staff. Most of them own pitbulls.rnSecond distemperment $50, rabies $35
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3rd round of vaccinations at 14wks
Amount: $293.43
Posted by: stephanie hino in kaneohe, HI.Posted: February 13th, 2013 12:02PM
Breed: chia/shih tzuType: puppy 4 wks old
Vet: kaneohe VCA hospital
3 strongid-T/pyrantelSs 50mg/ml 14.25rn1 giardiaOva & parasite 85862 36.50rn1 2nd kennel cough-bord (16wks)_ 18.40rn1 2nd leptospirosis vacc (16wk) 20.20rn1 3rd dist/hep/para & parvo 17.75rn1 physical exam/consult 49.00rn1 puppy 3rd set disc -15.60rn1 o.p. injection 22.30rn1 diphenhydramine 50 mg/ml 2.28rn1 biohazard waste management 5.25rn1 dvm recommended products 0.00rn1 comboGuard 10-20# 270mg (Grn) 109.90rn subtotal 280.23rn tax 13.20rn total 293.43
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dog vacinations
Amount: $2.50
Posted by: Karin Anderson in Takoma Park, MD.Posted: February 2nd, 2013 05:02PM
I order the vaccines on line and pay $2.50 each if I buy in bult Buying individually is $10 and Shipping Of course this is if you can give shots
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Another safe option
Amount: $15.00
Posted by: barkinghorseranch in mount vernon, WA.Posted: February 11th, 2012 12:02PM
Breed: mastiffType:
We buy our vaccinations at the local feed store and bring our dogs to the vet for Rabies/yearly check-ups. I used to work at a vet hospital and was going to college to become one. It didn't take me long to realize how over priced they are and how guilty I felt knowing that people were paying for services they could easily perform themselves. A few shots to dogs in the hospital and I had no trouble giving them to my horse or dogs. I hope this helps. rn*make sure you buy the correct ones for your pets age
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3rd round of puppy vaccination at 14 wks
Amount: $103.00
Posted by: Liz M. in Brattleboro, VT.Posted: February 7th, 2012 03:02PM
Breed: labradorType: black
Vet: Brattleboro Vet clinic
4 way Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza (DHPP), Lyme disease vac. and a brief exam. I feel I overpaid! shouldn't the Dr. at least look in the puppy's ears? Perhaps discuss heartworm? or deworm? p.s. the 1st set of shots was provided by Breeder. 2nd set was administered by local vet which cost only $25.00 for the same as stated above, however that vet is fighting cancer and presently unable to practice.
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Amount: $61.30
Posted by: 123456789 in NORFOLK, VA.Posted: July 24th, 2011 08:07AM
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Vacinnations and Examinations for two male dogs
Amount: $440.00
Posted by: Sair Korb in Cavan, Ontario, Canada, Other.Posted: February 23rd, 2011 06:02PM
Breed: beagle crossesType: male neutered
Vet: Cavan Hills Veterinary services
2 dogs: included in price was
4 way vacc: lepto/distemper/rabies/dappv
full exam of both dogs
dental exam of one dog
plus : 12 month supply of revolution (heartworm, whipworm, tapeworm, intestinal worm, flea and tick prevention)
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First Check Up and 2nd Set of Boosters
Amount: $121.11
Posted by: a user in Minneapolis, MN.Posted: January 15th, 2011 08:01AM
Breed: Shih TzuType: Male
Vet: Dr. Pfeifer
We just went in to give our puppy his second round of boosters and check up. The check up was 45$, the boosters cost 28$, and in addition, we got a stool to check for any existing worms, which cost 38$. Was this too expensive?
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Vaccines and finding a vet
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Nicolette in Kalamazoo, MI.Posted: September 1st, 2010 08:09PM
I have a few comments in response to website tip that you can give vaccines yourself.
1. The veterinarian recommended yearly visit is not to simply get your pets shots. It allows your pet to get a thorough exam and enables potential problems or illnesses to be detected early. Your vet can test pet for heartworm disease, check for worms, and may even recommend blood testing to evaluate organ function, particularly if pet is older, if something abnormal on exam, or if indicated based on pets history. These are not things that can be done by owner giving pet his/her vaccines.
2. This website recommends that in selecting a vet to give your pet shots, you should ask how long he/she has been practicing and how much continuing education he/she has received. Well, this hardly seems relevant if the owner can with no education or practice experience just go ahead and give the shots him/herself.
3. Rabies can only be given by a licensed veterinarian.
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checkup and shots for 4 month old
Amount: $92.00
Posted by: allyb2k in Glendale, WV.Posted: September 1st, 2010 08:09AM
Breed: sheltyType:
Vet: glendale animal hospital
they were very nice, well check $24, rabies shot $15, booster shot $12, frontline $14, fecal test $27
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Complete shots, medication & spay for a year
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: Nikkie in Oakville, Other.Posted: August 13th, 2010 05:08PM
Breed: PugType: female
Vet: Oakville Ontario
I paid a $900.00 puppy package which includes all her shots for the year (including rabies), heartworm/ring worm/parasite medication, and a spay. We also get 10% off any appointments in case she gets sick, food and treats. I'm still on the fence whether it was worth it, but after reading what some people paid just for a spay, it just might have been!
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3rd puppy vaccines-DAPPV/lepto/Rabies
Amount: $93.00
Posted by: Glover in Barrie, CA.Posted: August 3rd, 2010 01:08PM
Breed: Yellow,LabradorType:
Vet: McLean House call vet.serv
Its a mobile veterinary service they work out of a rv it s awsome.
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