It’s important to stay on top of your pet’s preventive care, particularly when it comes to common problems like fleas and ticks. Flea, tick, and heartworm medication can be expensive, and costs can vary based on your dog’s weight and how many doses you purchase. But this still may be preferable to the cost of an infestation in your home or your dog becoming sick.
Here are some common annual costs associated with flea, tick, and heartworm prevention for dogs:
- Flea and tick prevention medication cost: $55 – $2151
- Heartworm prevention medication cost: $40 – $70 or more2
- Heartworm test cost: $35 – $754
MetLife Pet has an optional wellness plan that can help cover parasite prevention costs. Jack, a dog from Illinois, went to the vet for his routine heartworm test that cost over $370. Luckily, Jack’s owners had our optional wellness plan as part of their coverage and were able to get the entire cost of the test reimbursed.3
Adoption fees will likely cover the cost of vaccinations, so you may not have to pay for these during the first visit. However, the following vaccinations are required regularly by most counties in the U.S.:
- Rabies vaccine cost: $22 – $30 (every 3 years)2
- DAPP (distemper, adenovirus-1, parainfluenza, parvovirus) vaccine cost: $40 – $100
Other non-core vaccinations may also be recommended, so talk to your veterinarian about what your pup needs and the best vaccination schedule for them.
Chandler, a Pennsylvania dog, needed routine vaccinations at his yearly vet visit. The vet bill for his vaccinations cost over $630. However, his family had a MetLife Pet dog insurance policy that helped reimburse them over $570.3
You and your vet may decide there are other additional services your dog needs. The list is endless — and runs the gamut — but a few everyday miscellaneous costs can include services like:
It’s important to know that most pet insurance policies may not cover elective procedures unless your pet’s health is at risk. You can check out our coverage and exclusions page for more details.
Whether you went to the vet for a simple check-up or a specific illness or injury, there are times when your dog may have to stay overnight for observation, recovery, or further testing. These overnight vet stays can be especially costly.
Depending on where the clinic is located, a dog’s overnight stay at the vet can cost around $80 – $300.5 Any testing, medications, or services needed will impact this cost and raise it into the thousands.
The answer is it depends! A dog insurance policy with MetLife Pet Insurance could potentially offset many of these costs — like wellness exams and important vaccinations — while providing you with peace of mind. Get a free quote for your personalized rate and see if pet insurance is worth it for you.