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How to Save Money on Dog Vaccinations

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

Look for low-cost clinics

Low-cost clinics are a great way to save money on your pet's vaccinations, but you should be aware of their limitations. For example, some low-cost clinics only offer certain vaccines and not all of the ones that your pet needs. However, if you find one that has the right vaccines for your dog and offers them at a good price, it's worth considering.

Another thing to keep in mind is that these clinics aren't always as safe as regular veterinary offices or hospitals; therefore, it's important to ask questions about their credentials before going there with your dog. You should also ask whether or not they have any requirements regarding what kind of insurance you have (if any). If they don't accept private insurance companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield®, this could mean that they'll charge more than traditional veterinary offices or hospitals do because they don't get reimbursed by private insurance carriers like BCBS does through its provider network agreements with other companies like Anthem Health Plans

Contact your local humane society or animal shelter.

Many local humane societies and animal shelters offer low-cost vaccinations. Often, they will have a list of clinics available in your area that offer low-cost shots. If you're looking for something even more local, check with the pet store where you buy your dog's food or treats. They may be able to recommend some great locations for getting vaccinated at an affordable price!

Find a low-cost vet.

If you're able to find a vet who offers a low-cost vaccine clinic, that's great! You'll be able to get your dog vaccinated for less money. But if you can't find such a place, don't worry—there are still other options that will help you save money on vaccinations.

Some vets offer discounted vaccination clinics or even free vaccination clinics for certain breeds or breeds of dogs (e.g., pit bull mixes). These types of clinics usually require an appointment, so it's important to call ahead and make sure that they're open when you want them to be open before going there with your pet.

Other vets offer reduced price vaccination clinics or vaccinations at the end of the day when their staff has time left over from treating patients who have paid full price during normal business hours.

There are many ways to find cheaper vaccinations for your dog.

There are many ways to find cheaper vaccinations for your dog.

  • Contact your local Humane Society or animal shelter. They may offer reduced-cost vaccines on their premises, or at least provide a list of low-cost clinics in the area.
  • Ask for referrals from other pet owners and veterinarians you trust. Do this before you need the information; it will be much more useful if you have a trusted source in mind when you're actually looking for help with dog vaccinations.
  • Look online for low-cost clinics in your area—you might even be able to find some that offer free vaccinations!


We hope that you’re now better equipped to find cheaper dog vaccinations and save money on your furry friend’s health care.


Over the counter dog vaccines

When you're a dog owner, there are a lot of decisions to make. But one decision you can easily make is whether to vaccinate your dog or not. Vaccinating your dog is the best way to protect them from disease and illness, but some owners are wary about the safety of vaccines. If this sounds like you, don't worry! There are plenty of safe over-the-counter options for protecting your pup's health — including all four types of core vaccines that every dog needs before going into a kennel or dog park: rabies, Bordetella (kennel cough), Lyme disease and canine influenza.

Rabies Vaccines

The rabies vaccine is available over-the-counter for dogs. A veterinarian should be consulted before administering a rabies vaccine to your dog. Rabies is a serious disease that can be transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, such as raccoons, bats and skunks. If your dog is ever bitten by such an animal, he or she will need to be treated immediately with both antibiotics and the rabies vaccine if they were not previously vaccinated against the disease.

To administer a rabies vaccine to your pet:

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  • Gather all necessary materials including: 1) needleless syringe with tip cap (to avoid sharps injuries), 2) alcohol swab for cleaning injection site (this may be done using gauze pads soaked in 70% isopropyl alcohol), 3) PetSaver® Disposable Vaccination Device™ package containing 10 syringes (each containing one dose of liquid vaccine), 4) 3ml syringe filled with 0.5 mL of diluent solution from PetSaver® Disposable Vaccination Device™ package (for mixing with liquid dose before administration), 5) 16 gauge needle for use on animals under 25 lbs., 6) 20 gauge needle for use on animals over 25 lbs., 7)) Syringe plunger pinch grip tool 8)) Stethoscope
  • Wash hands thoroughly; apply gloves if needed
  • Locate vein where you wish to inject; make sure there are no prominent blood vessels nearby
  • Clean injection site with 70% alcohol wipe
  • With both hands firmly grasp cat's scruff at base of neck between forepaws and hind legs; lift animal off ground slightly so that head hangs down towards floor

Bordetella Vaccine

Bordetella is a bacteria that causes kennel cough, an infection of the upper respiratory tract. This disease can be transmitted to other dogs through direct or indirect contact.

Bordetella Vaccine: The Bordetella vaccine is given to your dog to protect them from this bacteria. In some regions where there are high numbers of infected dogs, it may be recommended that you have your pet vaccinated against Bordetella as well as distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus in order to prevent any unnecessary distress caused by contracting kennel cough from other dogs at the park or dog daycare etc.

Lyme Vaccines

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted by ticks. Ticks are small arachnids that can be found in tall grass, bushes and the woods. Lyme disease is spread by the bite of an infected tick.

There are two types of Lyme vaccines available:

  • The first type, called Lymerix®, was withdrawn from the market in 2002 after studies showed it may cause joint inflammation and other mild side effects (such as fatigue). A newer version of this vaccine called LYMErix®, which does not contain aluminum hydroxide adjuvant or thimerosal preservative, is now available to veterinarians and their clients nationwide. All dogs should be tested for heartworm prior to receiving any type of vaccine; if your dog tests positive for heartworm already present when you get him or her vaccinated, then wait until after completing treatment before vaccinating against Lyme disease again.
  • The second type, called Canine LymeVax®, has been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) since 2000 but has only been commercially available since 2004; it contains three strains each at different concentrations so that some dogs may need fewer than three doses while others may require more than three doses over several years depending upon the severity of their infection level when starting out on treatment – which makes no sense at all!

Canine Influenza Vaccine

Canine influenza is a respiratory disease that causes coughing, sneezing and fever in dogs. It's not usually serious, but can lead to pneumonia if left untreated. While it's risky for puppies and older dogs who have weakened immune systems, most healthy pups will survive with no problems after recovering from an attack.

Canine influenza is contagious among dogs and cannot be passed to humans (or cats). Like other viral infections that affect animals, canine influenza is spread through direct contact with an infected animal or surface contaminated by its bodily fluids—and not through food or other indirect contact like touching an infected pet at the park.

Kennel Cough Vaccine

  • Over the counter dog vaccines.
  • These may be useful for dogs that are not vaccinated, but they are not as effective as those prescribed by a vet.
  • The vaccines are not as effective because they don't contain the same active ingredients as those prescribed by a vet.

You can find over the counter dog vaccines, but you should consult with a vet first.

You can find over the counter dog vaccines, but you should consult with a vet first.

This is because there are risks associated with using these products, such as allergic reactions and other side effects. You will also need to consider whether your dog has any existing health problems that could be made worse by administering a vaccine, or if they've had any recent vaccinations (which may mean that additional ones aren't needed). If you're unsure of what type of vaccine would work best for your pup, ask your veterinarian before making a decision.


You can find over the counter dog vaccines, but you should consult with a vet first.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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