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How I Saved $200 on Pet Vaccinations

This is the time of year when many of us have trouble sticking to our budgets. No kidding, right? But today’s post is about a budget WIN. It’s not a huge win, but it’s the type of win that keeps me excited about SAVING MORE and SPENDING LESS.

Longtime readers may remember my dog, Lucy. I’ve written about her before.  I rescued Lucy from a shelter outside Atlanta in February 2011. I was told that she had been abandoned several times, including being left roaming outside a grocery store.

Lucy has had her share of health problems. She is doing okay right now. When it came time to get her shots this year, I looked for a less expensive option compared to her regular vet. I now live in the DC area, where after a quick Google search, I learned there are several low or no-cost places to get vaccinations.

The other day I loaded up Lucy into a Zipcar and headed to the walk-in clinic. It’s open several days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This was perfect for me since I’m an overnight worker. It also gave me peace of mind because the clinic is located in a part of the city that I would not be comfortable going to after dark or without my dog.

Upon arrival, I knocked on the door and a nice woman by the name of Dianne greeted me. So did about 7 barking dogs… I filled out some paperwork and the veterinarian brought Lucy into a room to give her the vaccinations. After that, I went to a counter to pay and leave a donation for the prompt service. The entire process took about 10 to 15 minutes.

Now, let’s talk about the costs. My regular vet charges $85 for a rabies vaccination, $85 for DAPP and $60 for the kennel cough vaccination. That’s a grand total of $230.

This walk-in clinic charges $10 each, so $30 total. That’s a $200 savings! For local readers, I went to the National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center in Southeast, which is run by the Washington Humane Society.

Of course, there were some other expenses involved. As I mentioned earlier, I left at donation, which was $10. I also had to pay about $20 for the Zipcar rental, but I had a credit on my account so there was no out-of-pocket cost.

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I couldn’t be more pleased with the care Lucy got at the clinic. I was truly impressed. If you would like to save some money, I encourage you to look into the low-cost options in your area. By the way, it’s not just for vaccinations. One of the clinics in my area offers low-cost wellness exams once a week.

What ways have you been able to save money on pet-related expenses? Share your tips below or on my Facebook page. Please check out my Get Rich Guide for more money-saving tips!

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  1. That’s great that you able to save $200 on pet vaccinations. But don’t you think taking your pet to a regular vet is much better because he/she know your pet medical history and provide a much better care.

    • Hi, Calvin!

      My pet still goes to the vet for illnesses. The clinic worked this past year because my dog has been to the vet SEVERAL TIMES recently for minor issues. Each visit cost me about $150 – $300. I was not trying to suggest substituting a low-cost clinic for the vet! With that said, I have not been impressed with most of the vets I have been to.

  2. Pets can be a very expensive investment for a person. It seems that no matter the money you save in advance, you are going to pay for more than you thought with your pet. What kind of money would I need to set aside for vaccinations for my St. Bernard?

  3. I’m amazed that the walk-in veterinary clinic charged so little for vaccinations. I suppose that some places see the importance of vaccines in preventing future sicknesses, so they’re making an investment in your pet’s health. I might check out my local clinic next time my dog needs vaccinations. Thanks for the information!

  4. it is really nice tips when you can save everything, and thanks for sharing this informative article 🙂

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