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Rough cost of a check up?

post #1 of 13
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Hi
I have a new kitten "Libby" and would like to take her for a check up, she's nearly 6 months old and has bad breath (maybe she's teething?). Libby is playful, eating well, using the litter box etc- so she doesn't appear to be ill. She was also given a clean bill of health by her former owner's vet about a month ago.

In addition, she hasn't been vaccinated for rabies yet- all other shots are current. So I was wondering how much I should expect to pay for an appointment- even a guess-timate would be good.

Thank you.
post #2 of 13
In one of my vets, the consult alone is $68, and in the other vet, $48. If there are more things to be done, the bill goes up. A Rabies shot should cost around $15.00
post #3 of 13
My vet is 38 for basic. He's average for this area.

Vet costs REALLY vary by area and whether they are a specialty/exotic/etc vet as well. I would say you could check with friends/coworkers with pets and see what the standard is in your area.
post #4 of 13
I've worked at 3 diff clinics and a basic exam ranges from $35-$45. Vet care does seem to be a little cheaper her in Louisiana though. I'd call around for prices and get friends' opinions on who they take their kitties too. Paying $30 bucks for an exam with a vet who doesn't like cats might be cheapest...but you also want to think about quality of care.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by CatNurse22 View Post
I've worked at 3 diff clinics and a basic exam ranges from $35-$45. Vet care does seem to be a little cheaper her in Louisiana though. I'd call around for prices and get friends' opinions on who they take their kitties too. Paying $30 bucks for an exam with a vet who doesn't like cats might be cheapest...but you also want to think about quality of care.
And as far a vaccines go, it depends on what your vet's vaccine protocol is and what you want your baby to have. And from there depends on what brand of vaccine they use. Rabies for example can range from $12-$24 around here. The more expensive vaccines usually have a much lower risk of side effects though.
post #6 of 13
Office visit is only $18 at our vet and a rabies shot would be $12 I think. But we do shots at Saturday clinic where they don't charge the office visit fee. Of course when you take two at a time the office visit fee adds up to the normal cost (at most places) for one cat...c'est la vie.

Leslie
post #7 of 13
40$ ish for a office visit with exam

if exam and shots no office call just shots about 60$
post #8 of 13
I agree you may want to call around, but I also think it's important to visit the offices and get a feel for whether you, and your cat, will be well cared for at that practice. Check for office hours to see if they work with your schedule, whether they have staff on site 24 hours a day if animals are kept overnight, how to they handle after-hour calls (themselves, or do they work with an ER vet you can get to), is the place clean, and organized - are the staff well trained and current on animal care in general. Do you just get an overall good vibe, so to speak?

For me, I like to use the same practice whenever possible, so there is a complete history of my cats' care right there, even if one shot, or detnal cleaning may be a bit more or less than a practice down the road - with luck, we may be spending 15-20 years taking care of my babies together. Also, my particular practice offers a 'free' check up for new pets - shots and tests are extra. The idea is that you would continue to use the practice. Several other practices in my area also do that.

Good luck!
post #9 of 13
Anywhere from $18 in town, to $25 elsewhere. I live in a rural area, so it's fairly cheap.
post #10 of 13
I live in Oklahoma, and we have a 5 month old kitten (just brought her home this past Sunday). On Thursday we are taking her in to get her shots and an all-around checkup, as she has never been to a vet. I called in advance and it will be $48 total. For just a checkup, it would be $37. I hope this helps.
post #11 of 13
As others have said, cost varies widely both by geographical area and individual vets. Call around to different offices and ask what their fees are. I've never had a vet's office refuse to give me that information, and if they did I would certainly not take my kitties there.

I guess I'm lucky I live in an area where the costs are relatively low. The exam fee is $25, and if I take all the kitties in for their shots at the same time my vet only charges me for one exam. Shots mostly run about $8 each.
post #12 of 13
My vet doesn't charge when you go in for vaccines. The vaccines themselves are about $15-$20 each, but no office charge. The office charge for other stuff is about $40. Call around; even vets just a block apart will sometimes have wildly differing prices.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone.
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