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How Much Do Rabies Vaccines Cost For Pets in 2024?

Dr. Ricky Walther
Veterinarian
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A legal requirement in the United States, rabies vaccinations provide essential protection for both our furry friends and public health — but how much will these critical shots set you back? 1

Ultimately, the price you pay for a pet's rabies vaccine will depend on several factors, including your type of pet, their age, and location. Below, we’ll discuss how much rabies vaccines cost for dogs and cats so you can budget accordingly.

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Price of Pet Rabies Shots

Dogs

Cats

$40 - $75 per shot

$25 - $50 per shot

Rabies Vaccine Cost for Dogs

On average, canine rabies vaccine costs range from $40 to $75 per dose plus annual boosters.2 The initial vaccination requires three consecutive rounds of shots, which are typically priced around $15 to $25 each.3

You may be able to find cheaper prices on rabies shots at low-cost vaccination clinics, such as your local Humane Society, though many general practice vets also offer reduced rabies vaccine costs for puppies — especially when they’re included as part of a package with other essential first-year puppy shots.

Rabies Vaccine Cost for Cats

For our feline friends, the cost of rabies vaccines tends to vary even more, with prices averaging between $25 and $50.4 Some pet parents report paying as little as $15 per shot while others see prices as high as $70 for three-year immunizations.5

Factors Affecting the Cost of Vaccination

The cost of rabies shots for dogs and cats can be influenced by several factors:

  • Location: Veterinary clinics in urban areas may charge more than those in rural areas.
  • Type of Clinic: Low-cost vaccination clinics or animal shelters often provide more affordable options compared to private veterinary practices.
  • Age of the Pet: The initial rabies vaccination for puppies or kittens may be priced differently than boosters for adult animals.
  • Bundle Deals: Some clinics offer discounts when the rabies vaccine is administered along with other core vaccinations.

The Importance of Vaccinating Pets Against Rabies

While cost is an important consideration, it's crucial to remember that the rabies vaccine is a core vaccination typically required by law for both dogs and cats to protect against the deadly, viral disease that affects the nervous systems of mammals, including humans.

Vaccinating your pets protects not only their health but also public safety, especially in regions where the disease is prevalent.

Final Thoughts

Feline and canine rabies vaccine costs vary, but it's an essential investment in your pet's well-being. Call your veterinarian ahead of time to request a quote and explore affordable options in your area to keep your furry friends protected.

Keep in mind that by enrolling in a pet insurance plan with wellness care, you can get reimbursed for the money you spend on vaccines for dogs and cats, plus peace of mind knowing your pet is covered financially for anything else that could pop up.

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Ricky Walther, DVM

Dr. Ricky Walther
Veterinarian

Ricky Walther, DVM, is a small animal general practitioner in the greater Sacramento, California area. Realizing the positive financial and medical impact that pet insurance can provide for pet parents and the profession, he lends support and advice to companies like Pawlicy Advisor "The Pet Insurance Marketplace") that simplify the process of connecting with veterinary financing resources.

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