You paid for your new puppy and he is settling in to the family as if he's always been there. Now comes the expensive part - vaccinations and preventative medications. Just like everything else, veterinary care costs are rising, so it is a smart idea to look into the price of puppy checkups at several different hospitals before you schedule your puppy's first appointment.
The main thing you will need to remember as you ask for price quotes is to be sure that you are not comparing apples to oranges. Be sure to find out exactly what shots will be given during each visit. Ask if the quoted price is the price of the entire visit or just the shot. Many times, hospitals will give a quote for vaccinations and will leave out the additional charge for an office visit that they are planning to bill you for on each trip for shots.
Another thing you will want to find out is whether the hospital will be giving the puppy heartworm and flea and tick preventatives on one of the visits. This helps you budget your money more effectively, since the medications can double the cost of a normal visit.
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