Dog vaccine

Do you think you are paying too much at the vet? Find out how much it costs to vaccinate your dog in San Diego

SAN DIEGO – Although not quite from the time they are born, dogs are susceptible to a range of dangerous and deadly viruses soon after birth. Like humans, female dogs offer passive immunity, or maternal immunity, to their puppies as protection against viruses even when they are in utero. Most protective antibodies are passed to puppies through their mother’s milk, but this only supports your dog’s immune system until they are 12 weeks old. This is why it is essential to schedule a series of vaccinations against diseases such as Bordetella, distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis, rabies, Lyme disease and influenza for your pup.

And, as a responsible pet owner, you need to make sure their vaccinations are up to date every year. Just like us, dogs should make an annual visit to their veterinarian who will perform a physical exam to check on the animal’s health, recommend maintenance such as dental cleanings and administer expired vaccines. While the sum of a complete series of vaccinations can average $200, treating one of these diseases can cost thousands of dollars.

Where you live can impact which vaccines are recommended and how much they cost. For dogs living in a metropolitan area like any of the 25 on this national list, their level of exposure to various diseases through boarding, dog parks or dog walking services is higher than those living in more suburban or rural settings. For example, vaccination against Bordetella, a highly contagious virus that causes kennel cough, is often required for canine services in cities.

Conversely, dogs that are more susceptible to catching ticks, such as those that live near or frequently visit wooded areas, are at a higher risk of contracting Lyme disease. Therefore, the Lyme disease vaccine should be a priority for these dogs, but not necessarily for those who live in inner cities where fleas, heartworm, and intestinal parasites are often more of a concern than ticks. It’s important to consult with your dog’s veterinarian to find out what vaccinations are necessary or recommended based on your location and lifestyle.

ManyPets used data from Banfield Pet Hospital’s Price Estimator Tool to break down the cost of vaccinating a dog in your city. The average cost mentioned refers to the average of the 25 most populated cities.

San Diego by the numbers

– Average cost of vaccination: $36.16 ($2.81 more expensive than average)
— Bordetelle: $32.97
— Distemper Parvo DAPP: $38.53
— H3N2 and H3N8 flu: $52.18
— Leptospirosis: $23.59
— Lyme disease: $42.33
— Rabies: $27.38

A study by the University of California, Davis (published in 2014) found that dogs who contracted leptospirosis, which attacks the kidneys and liver, were hospitalized for an average of 11 days and racked up a treatment bill. over $5,000. Treatment for parvovirus can cost up to $2,500. The mortality rate for dogs that contract parvovirus that are unvaccinated, improperly vaccinated, or whose vaccination has expired is 90% when left untreated. And without a rabies vaccination, dogs are susceptible to an incurable viral disease that cannot be treated with medication and is almost always fatal.

Operating a business in a metropolitan area is often more expensive than operating that same business in a rural area due to higher overhead costs. Veterinary practices and even vaccination clinics are no exception to this real estate rule. These overhead costs are usually absorbed by you, the pet owner, who pays the bills for services such as administering vaccinations. Even in metropolitan areas, costs can vary.

Keep reading below to see which of the 25 most populated cities has the most and least expensive dog vaccination costs.

Cities with the most expensive dog vaccination costs

#1. San Francisco, CA: average cost of vaccination $38.91 ($5.56 more expensive than average)
#2. San Jose, CA: average cost of vaccination $37.06 ($3.71 more expensive than average)
#3. San Diego, CA: average cost of vaccination $36.16 ($2.81 more expensive than average)

Cities with the cheapest dog vaccination costs

#1. El Paso, Texas: average cost of vaccination $30.87 ($2.48 cheaper than average)
#2. Nashville, Tennessee: average cost of vaccination $31.24 ($2.11 cheaper than average)
#3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Average cost of vaccination $31.24 ($2.11 cheaper than average)

This story originally appeared on ManyPets and was produced and distributed in partnership with Stacker Studio.