• Puppies, like humans, need health care---even preventative health care---to ensure a long, happy and healthy life. Having your dog properly vaccinated during his first year of life is especially important to his health.


    During the first year, expect to pay from $20 to $150 (in 2009) for vaccinations. These amounts do not include the cost of the veterinarian's examination, a fecal test, de-worming treatments or a heartworm test.

    Core Vaccinations

    A new puppy will receive core vaccinations for parvovirus, canine distemper, parainfluenza, hepatitis and rabies.


    Puppies should be vaccinated on a schedule starting when they are 6 weeks old. They should be vaccinated again at 9 weeks and at 12 weeks. In some regions, additional vaccinations may be required at 16 weeks.

    Noncore Vaccinations

    Noncore vaccinations are not required, but some owners may choose to have their dogs receive these vaccinations, especially in high-risk regions. Noncore vaccinations are given to prevent measles, respiratory disease, bordetella, Lyme disease, leptospirosis and coronavirus.

    Overall Costs

    At the end of the first year, you can expect to pay up to $700 for your puppy's health care, including vaccinations, monthly heartworm and flea preventative medication, a spay/neuter surgery, food and other necessities.

    Source: Vaccination Recommendations for Puppies (Puppy Shots)

    Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center: Average Cost of Owning a Dog the First Year

    Cost Helper: Dog Vaccination Cost

    Resource: The cost of owning a dog

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