Vet fees, costs and prices

Vet fees, prices and costs UPDATED AUGUST 2014

Vet fees can mount up substantially when your pet is sick, so it’s good to know what to expect when you have certain treatments and procedures done by your vet.

Below are typical prices of common treatments and procedures at veterinary surgeries in the UK (please note these are intended as a guide and prices will vary between practices and by region)

* See also dog x-ray cost to find out prices/fees for x-rays with and without sedation

  • Vet fees for a consultation or check-up £15-45  (examination, discussion of the problem and options/advice) N.B. clinical examination is usually free/included in the price when your pet has a booster or vaccination injection.
  • Subsequent consultations/check ups £10-30 (these are usually cheaper than the first if you are there for the same problem within a reasonable time period)
  • Booster injection (dogs and cats) £25-60 (this includes a full examination) May be more if you have optional vaccines such as canine kennel cough or Feline Leukaemia virus.
  • Booster plus kennel cough (dogs only) £35-70
  • Puppy/kitten injections (two separate injections)  £25-75
  • Painkilling injection/anti-inflammatory injection price: cat- £3-7,  dog-£3-10
  • Routine antibiotics (e.g. 5 day course amoxicillin)  cat- £7-17   medium sized dog- £15-40
  • Microchip price £10-35
  • Lungworm treatment/prevention – Advocate Spot On £20-45 (3 pack) or Milbemax tablets -  £2-8 per tablet
  • Flea prevention/treatment costs for 3 months: cat – £10-15, small dog – £13-20, large dog – £15-30 *N.B these are often not prescription products therefore you can can purchase effective flea control “over the counter” online, in pharmacies and from reputable pet stores. Examples of effective products are: Effipro spot on, Fiprospot spot on, Frontline spot on and spray, Advantage spot on, Capstar tablets, Comfortis tablets.
  • Basic de-worming treatment costs (needs to be given every 3 months in most cases but some individuals or products require monthly treatment): cat – £2-6, small dog £3-12, large dog – £4-15. *N.B. Again most of these are not prescription products so you will need to shop around for the cheapest price. Effective and safe products are: Drontal tablets, Milbemax tablets, Panacur paste and liquid, Pro-Fender (cat spot-on). Avoid brands like Bob Martins – they have more adverse reactions than the over the counter products and are much more effective.

Vet Fees for Common Procedures

  • X-rays See the X-ray cost page for vet fees for radiography
  • Hip score x-rays for dogs (BVA Scheme) often a package price of around £90-200
  • Sedation (excluding examination, tests, treatment or procedures): Cat – £40-90, Dog – £50-130 depending on size of animal, depth and method of administration of sedation
  • Female dog neutering (spay) £75-250
  • Male dog neutering (castration) £40-175
  • Dew claw removal (back ones) at same time as neutering – approx £10-50 extra depending on time taken and if stitches and/or bandages are also needed
  • Cat spay £35-100
  • Cat castration £20-75
  • Ear flush under general anaesthesia: Dog – £120-220
  • Dental scale and polish under general anaesthesia (without dental X-rays): Cat – £120-300, Dog – £140-500 depending on size.  Extractions and x-rays usually charged extra.

vet fees

Vet Fees for Diagnostic Tests

  • Skin scrapes (for demodex and Sarcoptic mange diagnosis)  £15-40
  • Aludex wash for demodex – £12-30
  • Blood test before a general anaesthetic (haematology + liver and kidney biochemistry) £30-70
  • Urine analysis simple dipstick and specific gravity (without bacterial culture) – £10-30
  • Blood test for a sick animal (full haematology, biochemistry and electrolytes) – in house tests will be higher end of scale – £60-120
  • Blood test for pancreatitis (dogs and cats) – £40-100
  • Blood test for Cushing’s disease in dogs and Addison’s disease in dogs – £70-150 (will depend if your pet is admitted for the test and whether the test is sent to external lab or carried out in-house)
  • Blood test for overactive or underactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism in cats and hypothyroidism in dogs) – £45-80 (will be higher end if tested in-house and same day result)
  • Blood test for FeLV and FIV (feline Leukaemia and feline AIDS) – £25-50 for in-house test

Is there something you would like to see on here?  Leave a comment and we will add it for you.  I have worked in 5 different veterinary practices and so can give you a good idea of how much everything costs.  Remember though, when it comes to vet fees - cheapest doesn’t necessarily mean the best!

IMPORTANT: unfortunately I am unable to provide a veterinary advice service as I work full time in veterinary practice and have a family too. So please don’t seek advice via the comments and feedback email as I don’t get the time to answer these on a regular basis and your pet may need urgent veterinary attention.  Get the advice you need from your own vet.  We vets don’t charge for telephone advice so make the most of this and ring your own vet for assistance on your pet’s care and the likely vet fees, that is what we are there for!  If you can’t afford to go in at least have a conversation with them and see what they say.  We are a caring bunch, contrary to popular belief.  And we will try to help you without seeing the animal if at all possible.  Please don’t expect a diagnosis over the phone, but don’t worry about calling your own vet practice (who you are registered with already) to discuss a concern about your pet’s health.

Also, take a look at vet fees on What Price - another source of average vet fees.

9 thoughts on “Vet fees, costs and prices

    • The wash is called Aludex and costs around £15-30 a bottle depending on where you buy it. Online is cheaper, but you need a prescription from your vet, which you may be charged for – making it cheaper to get straight from your vet. It is not pleasant to use either, so your vet may offer to administer the baths for you at the surgery.

  1. I’m a vet student trying to find out a rough estimate of prices for a canine leptospirosis vaccination alone (I understand usually this is done in combo with DHPPi but for the purposes of an information sheet I’d appreciate if there was a solo cost available!). Also, roughly how much would a PCR for leptospirosis cost?

    • Hi Jess,

      Lepto is often given alone but is not necessarily cheaper than a full DHPPi + Lepto because the cost of the health check and vet’s time is a large component of the total price of a booster consultation. Therefore, you’ll find many practices will charge the same for a vaccination, regardless of what vaccines are actually administered. I have worked in practices where it is a bit cheaper for Lepto on its own, but at my current practice the price is the same. Boosters cost anything from £15 at budget clinics to £50-70 in the South East. £35 would be about average. In terms of the actual cost of the vaccine to the practice, Lepto is somewhat cheaper than DHPPi, I can’t tell you anymore than that as I’m not involved in buying vaccines in.

      With regards to Lepto PCR, I have never had a suspected case (it’s rare now due to excellent vaccination uptake) so have no idea how much the test is to run. PCRs are generally expensive though. You might have some luck with prices if you contacted some laboratories direct – try Idexx, Axiom, Batt labs.

      Hope this helps and good luck with your studies.
      Emma

  2. Hi

    There are 5 kittens living with their stray mother behind the shed in my garden. At least 3 of them seem to have an eye infection (conjunctivitis?) with a yellowish discharge. Any ideas on how much a trip to a vet with treatment may cost? Thanks

    • Sorry for the delay but I am unable to provide a timely advice service as I work full time in veterinary practice and have a family too. I hope you got the advice you need from your own vet or a local vet practice – they will be happy to give you an idea of cost. Sounds like they have cat flu, which may require antibiotics and/or eye drops for secondary bacterial infection but should clear up on its own as it is viral. There are so many variable factors involved, such as if the vet charges you for separate consultations for each animal or one for all of them (usually this depends on time spent on each of them) and whether any medications are needed.

  3. Our vet just charged us £129.20 for sedating our cat. Outrageous. It’s only a sedation to examine her because our cat is so mental she wouldn’t let the vet near her otherwise. It’s not a sedation for some sort of surgery. Is that price normal? from your 45-90 estimate – and I believe a sedation for examination would be at the lower end of that range – it’s almost three times as much.

    • This price may have included the examination as well, and if they admitted your cat to do it, they may have charged a hospital admit fee which covers kennel space and cleaning etc. If it was literally just to sedate your cat, it is a little steep but certainly not unheard of. Don’t forget about other aspects of your practice. Don’t move to another just because it’s cheaper – you generally do get what you pay for, most of the time. So if you are comfortable with the rest of the service and more importantly, trust your vet, then maybe talk to your vet about the cost before anything is done. There may be a cheaper was of doing things. We are human and we do try to help if we possibly can. Be honest if cost is a worry for you and perhaps they can come up with an alternative that won’t compromise your cat’s welfare.

  4. Sorry for the delay but I am unable to provide a prompt veterinary advice service as I work full time in veterinary practice and have a family too. I hope you got an insurance policy that covered your needs. What you describe sounds more than reasonable to me, you could get more cover but these policy limits would cover the average cat and a little more, so if you bought this one or one with similar cover, you should be well covered. I am working on a pet insurance article next so hopefully this will provide others in your situation with a useful reference when taking out a pet insurance policy.

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