I Saved 90% on Pet Vaccinations

The headline is not a typo.

I recently brought my dog to the vet for her annual vaccinations, and the total cost to me was $20.

How did I save 90% off her pet vaccinations? I skipped her ordinary vet.

Since relocating back to D.C., I have been taking Lucy to a very expensive vet in the city, which quoted me $200 for vaccinations.

Instead, I went to the local clinic that serves people of all income levels.Washington Humane Society

Most major cities offer vaccination clinics from time to time, and there are some pet retailers that offer vaccination specials as well.

I wrote about my experience at the clinic last year, but this year was different.

I rented a car and took Lucy to the Washington Humane Society a few minutes before they opened on a Saturday.

Unfortunately, there was a line out the door.

I “took a number” and waited outside with everyone else until someone opened the door and shouted my number, 929.

Once inside, the process took only a few minutes.

Not only did the veterinarian give my dog the vaccines that she needed, she also recommended some treats (Virbac) for my dog’s teeth.

Upon checkout, I left a donation to help support the organization.

I have nothing against traditional vets, but this is an example of how they can overcharge for services just because they can.

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