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Question DetailsAsked on 5/6/2011

Paying for vet exams with every shot or booster?

I am unwilling to pay for multiple veteranarian exam charges for every booster and series of innoculations over and beyong the annual exam or exams for specific concerns.human physicians do not charge me for just coming in for a flu shot or vaccination outside of my annual or sick exams. this charging me for every time i bring my pet in for a shot or booster (not the annual shots and boosters) is outrageous. does anyone know of a veteranarian that does not insist on charging for all the shot visits?

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We have horses, dogs, cats, and a few fowl. Many years ago I came to the realization that shots were costing me a fortune. So I asked my veterinarian to show me how to give my own and have been giving my own shots ever since. If you order your shots out of a catalog like Jeffers or some place similar you can save hundreds or in our case thousands of dollars a year. Most animal shots can be given under the skin or in the muscle, so it's really not that hard to learn.

Answered 9 years ago by wilogate



I am a registered vet tech in California. Most clinics I have worked in offer a "tech" appointment. What this means is that a technician comes in and gives the vaccines or a regular injections ( i.e for pets with chronic illness) without a fee for an exam. I would recommend that you take your pet's temperature or request it done prior to any vaccination as well as keep an eye out for vaccine reactions if it is the first time.

Also, often times the local county will offer low cost vaccines through the animal shelter as do many pet stores.

Answered 9 years ago by mylo


For my dog's shots that are outside of her annual exam (Bordatella usually since that's every 6 months), I simply request that she be just given the shot with no exam. She sees a vet tech instead of a vet, and I only pay for the shot. Not sure where you are, but I use Alexandria Animal Hospital in Alexandria, VA.

Answered 9 years ago by grbmm


Go to peteducationdotcom for instructions on how to vaccinate, and look there for a vacc schedule for your pet. Then order the vaccs from drsfostersmithdotcom or revivalanimaldotcom. You have to pay for overnight shipping to keep it cold. So check your local feed stores - they keep the vaccs refrigerated and send you home with a little freezy bag for transport. You still have to use a vet for a rabies vacc, though. Those often are given a "shot clinics" set up for a couple of hours at local pet store chains, on a Saturday or Sunday once a month or so.

Answered 8 years ago by houstonmarie

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