The price for PetSmart vaccinations depends on which one you choose. Here’s what you need to know about the cost of PetSmart vaccinations.
How much do PetSmart vaccinations cost?
To protect your pet from diseases, you will have to get them vaccinated. Vaccinations for dogs and cats are important for their overall health. Pets can catch deadly diseases that are costly to treat and you could end up spending thousands of dollars to ensure their health. The cost of vaccinations, however, seems to be increasing over the years.
PetSmart vaccines cost:
|Distemper Parvo DAPP||$35|
|H3N2 and H3N8 influenza||$47|
How much do puppy shots cost at PetSmart?
Treating and preventing diseases through vaccinations is far less expensive than treating them once they occur. Routine care and puppy shots can cost between $100 and $350 for the first year depending on which ones are needed. After that, shots are usually between $80 and $250 annually.
Your first trip to the veterinarian will include several vaccines. These are typically given to puppies and kittens when they are around 6-8 weeks old. The pet vaccinations schedule can vary slightly depending on the type of animal and its age, but your veterinarian will provide the details for your pet.
Vaccinations are essential for your pet’s health and well-being. Annual vaccinations can keep your pet from contracting deadly diseases, help it avoid serious illnesses, and ease the transition from one season to the next. Vaccines can also build up a strong immune system to fight off the disease if your pet does come into contact with something that could be harmful.
How much does it cost to fully vaccinate a puppy?
The typical cost for a vaccination (DHLPP) is between $75 and $100.
A puppy’s first vaccinations are an important part of his/her early care. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) recommends that puppies get a series of vaccinations three times by the age of 16 weeks and that dogs continue to receive vaccines annually.
The AVMF also suggests that, in order to achieve maximum canine immunity, the core vaccines should be given at 6, 12, and 16 weeks of age.
These core vaccinations consist of:
- DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza)
Some vaccines are required by law, and some are optional. Your veterinarian will weigh the risks associated with skipping certain vaccines against the risk of your dog contracting one of these diseases.
These rules change frequently, so it’s best to check with your local animal control office or humane society for the most up-to-date information. Some states have “kennel laws” that require dogs entering boarding facilities or shelters to be vaccinated against common canine illnesses.
Can I vaccinate my own dog?
A dog owner can, in some cases, purchase some vaccines from a veterinarian and vaccinate his or her own dog. Some pet hospitals will sell certain vaccines to breeders, physicians and nurses, and other pet owners who wish to vaccinate their own pets.
PetSmart does not recommend that you vaccinate your dog or cat at home. The vaccinations that we recommend for our patients are important for protecting them from serious diseases and are not substitutes for regular veterinary care.
Pets should be vaccinated by a veterinarian who is trained and experienced in vaccination protocols and can advise you on the appropriate vaccines for your pet’s lifestyle. Vaccinations should always be administered by a veterinarian, never by a breeder or an owner.
How often does your dog need a parvo shot?
Most veterinarians recommend an additional booster shot one year after the initial series. After that time, canine parvo vaccinations are typically administered every 3 years or as recommended by your veterinarian.
Parvo is a highly contagious virus that infects dogs. It’s one of the most serious and deadly diseases that affect canines and works by attacking the intestinal tract, which leads to severe blood loss and dehydration. If a dog becomes infected, his immune system will be compromised, which makes him susceptible to secondary infections.
Supportive treatment consists of administering fluids to keep the dog hydrated, antibiotics to treat secondary infections, pain medication for abdominal pain and vomiting, and electrolytes for cases of extreme dehydration.
Reviews of PetSmart dog vaccines
People who have purchased vaccinations at PetSmart are generally satisfied with the experience. Reviewers say the shots are affordable, and they appreciate the fact that they can be done during a routine visit to PetSmart.
- Reviewers say vaccines at PetSmart are affordable — some say they’re cheaper than other options.
- Customers appreciate being able to get their pet’s annual vaccinations taken care of when they visit PetSmart for other services.
- Some reviewers complain about long lines at the time of their appointment, saying that this causes them to have to wait for too long for service.
- Other reviewers report that the veterinarian did not appear knowledgeable about the type of pet they were vaccinating.
“I have a dog who has been getting her shots at Petco. I have always liked the vets there, but they are closing this location and moving their vet over to Petsmart. So I decided to shop around for a new vet that she would be comfortable with. When I walked into Petsmart, the vet was very nice, he invited me to come in and talk to him about my dog’s medical history. He answered all of my questions and explained things very well. He also followed up with me by calling and talking to me about my dog’s progress.”
“Every year, my family and I have gone to PetSmart for our dog Max’s checkup and vaccinations. The staff at the pet hospital are very polite and friendly. They are very professional and make sure Max is being taken care of properly.”
“The vets here are very professional and love my little baby! They seem to genuinely care about the animals they service as well as the owners. I feel comfortable bringing my dog here anytime she needs a checkup or vaccine.”
“I’ve been a customer at PetSmart for years and have always had wonderful experiences; the team is knowledgeable, friendly, and competent.”
“My review is based on the PetSmart location in Garland, TX. The vets and vet techs are all very friendly and helpful. This is a great place to take your pet if you’re on a budget. For example, I took my pup in for a vaccine, an exam, and some other medications. His total cost was $100.”
Conclusion of PetSmart vaccines
The cost to vaccinate your pet should not be a deterrent. Vaccination is an important step in protecting your pet, and ultimately yourself, from serious illnesses.
While the cost of some vaccinations may seem expensive at first, when you consider the advantages of having a healthy pet and the costs involved with treating illnesses that could have been prevented by vaccination, the price is well worth it. Plus, many veterinarians offer significant discounts for ‘puppy’ or ‘kitten’ packages which are often less expensive than purchasing individual vaccines.
I hope that this has helped you to understand the importance of vaccinating your pet. I also hope that it helps you to feel more comfortable with vaccines, knowing that they are much safer than they used to be due to advances in veterinary medicine.