Ryegate Small Animal Hospital

54 Moore Lane
East Ryegate, VT 05042

(802)633-3660

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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.

      

 

Kitten 

Puppy 

Preventative Visits and Vaccines 

$233

$300 

Monthly Dewormer/Flea Treatment 

$220

$338

FeLV (feline leukemia)/FIV test

$39 

 

Spay 

$193

$305 (based on a 40lb dog) 

Neuter 

$100

$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. 

 

 

 

Cat 

Dog 

Preventative Visit and Vaccines 

$82 - $118

$88 - $133

Monthly Dewormer/Flea Treatment 

$240

$366

Heartworm Test 

 

$15 

Total Estimated Cost per Year 

$322 - $358 

$469-$514

 

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.