Vet fees, costs and prices – Last updated 4th April 2015
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 £15-50 (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 £10-35 (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) £35-80
- Puppy/kitten injections (two separate injections) £25-80
- Rabies vaccination – £35-60 (only required for pets travelling outside the UK)
- Issue PETS passport – £20-67
- Painkilling injection/anti-inflammatory injection price: cat- £3-10, dog-£5-14
- Routine antibiotics (based on 5 day course amoxicillin-clavulanate) cat- £7-24 medium sized dog- £15-45
- Microchip price £10-32
- Lungworm treatment/prevention (both require a veterinary prescription)
- Advocate Spot-On £23-45 (3 pack)
- Milbemax tablets – £2-8 per tablet
- Flea prevention/treatment (based on 3 months’ worth of product):
- cat £10-15
- small dog £13-20
- large dog £15-30
- N.B these can be obtained “over the counter” online, in pharmacies and from reputable pet stores, without a prescription. Examples of safe, effective and reasonably priced over the counter products are:
- Wormers (based on a single treatment e.g. tablet, paste etc):
- 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, safe and reasonably priced products are:
- Cestem tablets
- Drontal tablets
- Milbemax tablets
- Panacur paste and liquid
- Pro-Fender spot on for cats
- Avoid brands like Bob Martins – they have more adverse reactions than the over the counter products and are much less 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 only (excluding examination, tests, treatment or procedures):
- Cat – £40-90
- Dog – £50-140 depending on size of animal, depth and method of administration
- Female dog neutering (spay) £75-250
- Male dog neutering (castration) £40-175
- Cat spay £35-150
- Cat castration £20-75
- Ear flush under general anaesthesia: Dog – £120-220
- Dental scale and polish under general anaesthesia (without dental X-rays):
- Cat – £120-400
- Dog – £140-500 depending on size
- Extractions and x-rays extra (can be significantly more).
Vet Fees for Surgery
Will likely vary considerably due to numerous factors including: practice, specialist or GP vet carrying out surgery, region of the UK, any special equipment or implants required (such as for cruciate surgery), size of dog or cat, whether the animal is physically well at the time of the surgery and requires intensive care before/after, time taken, any complications that occur during surgery e.g. discovering new problems, bleeding during surgery etc).
- Soft palate shortening and nasal resection (for brachycephalic airway disease in dogs)
- Starting around £220 for a palate surgery only
- Up to around £500 for both palate and nares surgery
- 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
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) – £40-130
- Blood test for Cushing’s disease in dogs and Addison’s disease in dogs – £70-175 (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) – £45-100 (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
- Blood test for diabetes -full glucose curve over 8-12 hours and 1 day in hospital – £75-120 depending on how regularly the samples are taken
Is there something you would like to see on here? Leave a comment and I 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.