To avoid unpleasant surprises, it is advisable to estimate the costs relating to veterinary care from the acquisition of his animal. Evaluating the budget is complex because prices can vary greatly depending on the nature of the services provided, the practitioner and the regions. However, it is possible to establish a list of average rates. Overview.
Prices for preventive veterinary care
From birth, cats and dogs require preventive care such as vaccination to protect them from serious illness and treatment pest control external to prevent the appearance of internal parasites (worms) and external (fleas, ticks, lice). To which are added the costs of sterilization. On the other hand, even if your pet appears to be in perfect health, a routine annual visit to the veterinarian is necessary. Finally, as a reminder, theidentification by tattoo or microchip is mandatory. It will therefore be necessary to prepare for the following expenses:
- Basic consultation with the veterinarian: 30 to 40 €;
- Implantation of an electronic chip or inscription of a tattoo: from 50 to 80 €;
- Vaccination: 60 to 80 € (count double the first year because two injections are necessary);
- Deworming: € 20;
- Flea and tick repellent: € 20;
- Cat castration: 60 to 90 €;
- Cat sterilization: 120 to 150 €;
- Dog castration: 100 to 150 €;
- Dog sterilization: between 200 and 250 €.
Veterinary costs related to diseases
In addition to the costs of preventive care, one must take into account the costs of diseases which represent 75% of an animal’s health budget. Namely that these costs inevitably increase with age of our companions. The pathologies from which they may suffer represent a wide spectrum ranging from digestive disorders to dermatological conditions, including allergies, urinary problems, even cancers. Their coverage can constitute a significant amount because it includes consultations, additional examinations such as laboratory analyzes and imaging, drug treatments, up to the surgical operation.
- Urine analysis: 25 €;
- Blood test: 80 €;
- Co-culture: € 70;
- Ultrasound: € 75;
- Hospitalization: € 50;
- Dermatological affection: 120 €;
- Treatment of an allergy: 250 € / quarter;
- Benign gastroenteritis: 80 €;
- Otitis: € 90;
- Piroplasmosis: € 180;
- Cyst removal: € 190;
- Removal of a tumor: 500 to 600 €;
- Radiotherapy sessions: 1,200 to 1,500 €.
Veterinary costs relating to accidents
In addition to illnesses, your dog or cat can injure itself in many ways: crossed ligaments knee after a mad run, joint injury, muscle or bone after a violent effort or a sudden movement, stomach twist (to which dogs of large breeds are more exposed). It should be kept in mind that the costs will correspond to the coverage of the surgical intervention, the hospitalization and, if necessary, the rehabilitation.
- Emergency consultation: 50 to 100 €;
- Light care (disinfection, wound suture): 100 to 150 €;
- Anesthesia: 50 to 85 € depending on the size of the animal;
- Cat hospitalization: 10 to 50 € / day;
- Dog hospitalization: 50 to 70 € / day;
- Infusion: 35 € / day;
- Operation following a simple fracture: 200 to 500 €;
- Intervention on cruciate ligaments and rehabilitation: 800 to 1500 €.
Why are there price differences between veterinarians?
In France, veterinarians are free to charge the prices of their choice, which implies that the prices may vary from single to triple from one office to another, including within the same city. You should know that the amount of the invoice presented to the client does not correspond to what the veterinarian actually receives because his fees as well as the medicines for animals are subject to a 20% VAT. Then there are the costs relating to premises, specific equipment (to perform radios, scanners and complex surgical operations) and staff which are higher than those of a medical practice for humans. Some clinics also provide a service with several veterinarians to better manage the reception of customers and emergency room, which has an impact on prices.
How to limit the cost of veterinary care?
Here are some solutions to reduce the budget allocated to veterinary care.
- Prevention. Be sure to have your pet vaccinated every year and periodically apply pest control products. Quality food, regular weight control, physical activity adapted constitute simple preventive acts that will allow you to keep your companion in good health and thus reduce his visits to the veterinarian;
- A mutual. Taking out health insurance for dogs or cats is a good solution. Depending on the package chosen, the mutual insurance company can fully or partially reimburse health costs. Some formulas include vaccination and sterilization of the animal. Note that the price of insurance varies significantly depending on the breed and especially age dog or cat;
- A quote. Compare the prices charged by veterinary clinics near you before making your choice. Make sure of their skills and reputation. Ask for a quote before any intervention which will allow you to examine the amount of each service under a magnifying glass;
- A dispensary. Some local branches of the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) have dispensaries that can support owners in financial difficulties, temporary or permanent. To benefit from this treatment, certain conditions must be met such as the presentation of proof of resources so that these centers remain exclusively dedicated to people in need;
- Savings. If the idea of purchasing health insurance isn’t right for you, you can put aside a small sum every month for your pet. You will be able to meet the unavoidable health costs and face any unforeseen events.