When choosing a practice, visit in person if possible, with an eye for cleanliness and professionalism. Inquire about the cost of a wellness visit, which can involve an exam and vaccines as well as testing and basic preventive treatments. According to the ASPCA, the annual cost for such a checkup is $160 for cats and between $210 and $260 for dogs, depending on size and age.
Sound steep? Discounts of between 5 percent and 20 percent might be available if you’re a senior citizen, in the military or have a multipet home—so ask. Make the manager your point of contact for adjusting your bill, because she knows the office policies.