The cost of puppy vaccines is on the rise, according to some reports. There’s been a recent article in the Wall Street Journal that says veterinarian bills are up. There’s also a National Geographic piece that says that a common childhood disease may be responsible for a surging number of vet visits for puppies.
Consult With A Vet
One thing that worries me about this is the potential for vets to start charging more money, even for normal vet visits. When we pay more for vet bills, the result is higher premiums for our pets. In a sense, we’re subsidizing the vet’s practice through higher fees. And then we have to pay those vet bills. If the rates continue to rise like the Wall Street Journal suggests, the public won’t be any better off. In fact, it could turn out to be an expensive venture for the public through increased vet bills. So, what’s going on? Apparently, there’s a couple of culprits here. First, the price for puppy vaccinations has been steadily rising. That seems to be coming from the pet pharmaceutical companies, which are trying to make a profit on drugs whose price goes up every year.
Second, the costs of caring for and treating common domestic animals have been increasing at a much faster rate than food prices have. Those higher costs are being passed on to us. That means that the costs for vaccinations go up as well. And if that rate continues to increase, the price of puppy shots will go up, too. That makes it harder for families to afford the puppy shots that they need.
That’s part of the problem, I suspect. One reason that the price of vaccinations has gone up is that we’ve changed the ways we purchase pet products. Instead of driving to the pet store, we’re now much more likely to order things online. That means that we can drive to the store and pick them up. That also means that the vet bill costs are going to go up, too.
Do Not Compromise
So what can you do to reduce the costs of puppy vaccines without having to sacrifice puppy shots? First, if you absolutely must have those puppy vaccines, make sure you’re getting them at the veterinary office where you receive your primary care. That way, your vet knows exactly what to give your puppy and how to administer it.
Apply for Discount Cards
Try to find puppy coupons or discount cards. For example, PetSmart offers a lot of coupons for both puppies and for their vaccines. The best coupons seem to be offered in the summer, when the weather is warm and when many people are vacationing in other states. Just look for coupons when you purchase your puppy supplies and you should be able to cut costs on vet visits and puppy vaccines.
Consider The Age Of The Puppy
You can also save money on your pet’s routine vaccinations by catching him or her early. It’s a good idea to start vaccination when the puppy is only six weeks old. When you catch your puppy in the early stages of infection, you can usually walk free to the vet and the vaccine expenses will be substantially less. If your puppy catches any of the common diseases while he or she is young, however, you’ll have to pay for the entire course at the veterinary office.
Deport Your Puppy
One of the easiest ways to reduce the cost of puppy vaccines is to have your pet deported as soon as it arrives at home. If you don’t worm your puppy, you’ll have to pay more for the puppy’s booster shots and you’ll have to administer the dewormer yourself. Another option is to have the pet get its first dose of dewormer at home. Even if you don’t have a dewormer, you can still do this. All you’ll need to do is make sure that the pet gets a heartworm treatment on a regular schedule and to add flea treatment to the regular schedules.
Keep your pet on a regular schedule and make sure that he or she gets the proper vaccinations. This will go a long way towards keeping the cost of pet vaccines low. Keep a close eye on your pet and you’ll find that you don’t have to pay a hefty vet bill for a puppy. You’ll soon find that you’ll be able to take care of the puppy expenses on your own. Just be sure to ask questions and learn about the various options you have so that you can be a savvy pet owner and not just an arm’s length purchaser.