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I plan on startup costs for a puppy or even a new dog from a shelter is going to be about $1000 if not more the first six months or so. Shots and wellness appointments along with new supplies just tend to add up. Did that $310 also include heartworm preventative and flea repellent, usually when I have a big bill for a checkup, usually it is because those take up a big chunk.
If you rescue an adult dog, most of the time you need to go through the whole vaccine schedule again, unless they have been fostered for a while, because most of the time there is no records of what vaccines they have had.
My vet, if you just go in for a vaccine, there is no office visit fee, the physical is free, but if she finds something wrong, like an ear infection, etc, then she will charge the office fee. I have never heard of another vet doing this, but it would be a good question to ask.
So last week I brought MacKenzie in for rabies, parasite screening and toe nails clipped and it cost me $45.
Marie, Brady, MacKenzie and Sailor