How Much Does a Rabies Shot Cost For A Dog?
Having a new dog or a puppy means lots of shots and checkups in the first few years. One of the most common shots given to puppies is the rabies shot. The cost of this shot is going to greatly vary on where you live, where you get it and other various factors.
How much is it?
- The shot itself will vary anywhere from $10 to $20 just for the shot. Many local clinics will administer the shot and nothing else.
- At a veterinarians office, an office fee will more than likely be charged. A typical office fee for a vet can range from $40 to $100. This price alone won’t include the rabies shot price.
What is going to be included?
- If you choose to go down the path of taking your dog to a local vet, the doctor will perform a basic health exam. He/she will tell how your dog looks, as well as will point out any problems that he/she may see.
- The shot will be administered and paperwork will be sent home with you telling you a little bit about the side effects that you may see with the shot.
What are the extra costs?
- If the dog is taken into a local vet’s office, an office charge will be applied.
- If the vet sees additional health problems, they may want to perform additional tests to pinpoint the problem.
Tips to know:
- Every state has a law that requires that dogs get a rabies shot at least every 3 years. This is a law that is mandatory and each state will greatly vary. If unsure of your local state law, be sure to consult with the local authorities to get more information.
- Rabies shots can be guaranteed from one to three years. Be sure to ask your vet how long this particular vaccine is going to last.
- Possible side effects that can happen after the shot has been administered includes vomiting, swelling in the facial area, circulatory shock or the loss of consciousness. If any of these side effects are found to be happening, always call your vet to discuss the problem because some can be life threatening. Since many problems may happen up to an hour later after the shot, you may want to stick around the area if you don’t feel comfortable taking your pet home.
- To play it safe, be sure to keep your own log of your dog’s shots. Note the brand name of the shot, where it was administered, who gave it as well as where the shot was given (the area.) While vet offices will keep this information, it doesn’t hurt to store it yourself for personal reference for future problems.
- While tempting, NEVER give a dog a shot yourself, it’s always best to spend the extra money to get it done right.
How can I save money?
- Depending on the state that you live in, there are many clinics that will give the shot and nothing else.
- Check with your local Humane Society as they offer low cost packages for vaccinations.
- Check with the owner of the dog / puppy. There could be a good chance that the dog already is up to date with it’s shots.