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View Poll Results: How much does your vet charge for a 4DX?
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How much does your vet charge for a heartworm test?

I was kind of shocked at the cost of a 4DX, so tell me if my vet is just absurdly expensive for no reason!

So apparently the $48 my vet charges is about average for this area, but of course now they want $65 just to LOOK at the dog, even though neither of my dogs need an exam....this is absurd!

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Between an office visit, a blood draw, and the test itself, it ends up being pretty expensive. Are you talking about just the test fee itself? I'm under the impression it's typically $40-$50.
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Our was $68. for both parts of the full test. Does not include the office visit ($35). Well worth it for safety's sake. Not even close to how much the Heartgard is! $98. for 6 months for two dogs. At least we got the twelve dollar rebate. : )


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my vet just went to requiring the SNAP4D and not doing any plain heartworm tests, so I think he's discounting it right now to make it less painful for people
Seems to me it was about $32 last time I had it done.
Since it's typically part of the annual exam, there's an exam charge. But I had one done by itself on Tito because I had found a tick embedded on him, and that time I only got charged for the test.



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Here in Ontario, Molson's vet charged $55 for the heartworm test itself and the Revolution for 6 months was around $100. These fees were above his vaccinations and annual exam, which came to $126.
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$40ish for the heartworm test, $35 for an office visit. Bringing in multiple dogs we got a small discount (...though...the cookies might have helped too?. Tip of the day... most vets offices are REALLY REALLY happy when you bring food!)

If you look for s/n clinics they probably will be able to do the test at a lower rate and iwth a lower exam rate.
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Gilmour recently had his visit done.

HW Test was $35.
Exam fee, which includes the 3 year Distemper Vac, was $49.
Fecal test $18.

I'm happy with those prices, but I think $21.50 for the nail trim was a bit excessive

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Your fees sound similar to mine. I think it's close to $50 for the test and our exam fee is up to $68/visit I believe. I still remember 10 years ago when it was $35 to be seen by the vet.

We can't get out of the vet's office for less than $200 these days.
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Never had to have a HW test. Do you guys test annually even if you are diligent about giving the pill once a month? Scout's been on Heartguard since birth, so the thought really hasn't crossed my mind.
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Never had to have a HW test. Do you guys test annually even if you are diligent about giving the pill once a month? Scout's been on Heartguard since birth, so the thought really hasn't crossed my mind.

In addition to heart worms the Snap 4DX test also tests for 3 tick borne diseases ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. And of course the heart worm preventative does nothing with regard to these diseases.

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