Convenia Injection Cost


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

Convenia, an injection used for a range of skin infections for both dogs and cats older than four months, is commonly prescribed for abscesses, wounds often caused by susceptible strains of Staphylococcus intermedius and Streptococcus canis in dogs or susceptible strains of Pasteurella multocida in cats, all conditions which can cause excessive itching, scratching, licking and/or biting.

Once your pet’s skin is damaged or broken by the rubbing, chewing and/or scratching, then it can create the opportunity for bacteria to penetrate your pet’s skin.

It’s easy to dose, provides 14 days of treatment and is quite effective, working within a few hours after administering, but according to Dr. Lisa A. Pierson, it can stay in the body for more than two months.

Convenia is available by prescription only.

Convenia Injection Cost
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How much does a Convenia injection cost?

The costs of Convenia greatly depends on the vet and your geographical region, but on average, to put things into perspective, a 10-milliliter bottle retails for anywhere from $350 to $450 from most of the online pharmacies we quoted online for the veterinarian and the total costs will greatly depend on the size of your pet, according to Zoetis.  But for most pet owners, they reported paying anywhere from $18 for a cat to more than $100+ for a large sized dog.

This price would not include the veterinarian office examination fee for the prescription or the additional lab work required before the injection is even considered.  In some cases, we have heard pet owners have paid upwards of $2,000+ once the injections, lab work and vet examinations are factored in.

The EntirelyPets Pharmacy, for example, had a 10 ml injection available for $360, but if you signed up for the auto-ship option, you could save an additional 5%.  Again, this just shows you how much the vet pays at wholesale for their clinic.

However, on this TheCatSite.com thread, a few cat owners chimed in and said they paid anywhere from $20 per cc to as much as $65 for a 20-pound cat.

Dr. Jennifer Coates at PetMD.com notes the average Convenia injection for a large dog can cost $100.

How does it work?

The injection will first work by breaking down the bacterium by cracking down the cell wall and usually, within 30 minutes after being injected, Convenia will find its way to the center of the infections, effectively killing off most of the bacteria within four hours but all pets will respond differently based on the severity of the infection.  The injection, for the next 14 days, will continue to kill the bacteria in the infected tissue.  These injections can only be administered by a veterinarian professional.

Dosage recommendations

According to the drug label, the recommended dosage is 3.6 milligrams per pound and a single injection can provide up to 14 days of relief.  However, on some occasions, some pets may need a repeat dosage for a complete resolution.  In a U.S. efficacy study, only 14 percent of dogs with skin infections required a second injection.

Tips to know

The injection is unique for two reasons, according to the manufacturer’s official website:  For one, it’s injectable, and secondly, it actively fights infections for a long time, often as long as 14 days according to various medical studies.

Possible primary side effects for both cats and dogs include diarrhea, a decrease in appetite, vomiting and/or lethargy.  If any serious side effects are suspected, talk with your veterinarian immediately for more information.


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Average Reported Cost: $49

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  1. Vv (Beckley,  West Virginia) paid $49 and said:

    Overpaid. Price was for .45ml and that amount would run 20$ in other counties.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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