Ryegate Small Animal Hospital

54 Moore Lane
East Ryegate, VT 05042



It is usually quite easy to find puppies and kittens that are looking for homes. While it may seem like a bargain to get a new pet for no or little up-front cost, how much does a "free" puppy or kitten cost during their first year of life? Since it can be difficult for a pet owner to budget the cost of preventative medical care, we've broken down the basic veterinary costs for a puppy and kitten during their first year.





Preventative Visits and Vaccines 



Monthly Dewormer/Flea Treatment 



FeLV (feline leukemia)/FIV test





$305 (based on a 40lb dog) 



$277 (based on a 40lb dog) 

Total Estimated Cost for the First Year

$559 - $652 

$893 - $921


 This estimate does not take into account unexpected expenses such as emergency visits, which can range in cost from $150 to $1,000 or more. The cost of annual preventative medical care for an adult dog or cat, while significantly lower than that of a puppy or kitten, is still important to include in the household budget. 






Preventative Visit and Vaccines 

$82 - $118

$88 - $133

Monthly Dewormer/Flea Treatment 



Heartworm Test 



Total Estimated Cost per Year 

$322 - $358 



Again, these are estimated costs. As your pet ages, it may need additional medications and preventative visits. Our doctors also recommend regular dental cleanings for both cats and dogs; see Peaches' Day at the Dentist for more information.