2734 Calumet Drive, Sheboygan, WI 53083
(920) 458-3636 (920) 458-3636

The Reality of Vaccine Clinics


Vaccine clinics are becoming more popular in our area.  They claim to be cheaper than a regular vet clinic and are more convenient than scheduling an appointment.  In reality, they can end up costing you more money!  Most of our vaccines are actually cheaper.  We do charge an office call of $19.00 with each visit ($13 for additional pets).  This charge covers things like our building expenses (lights, heat, water, insurance, etc) as well as staff time involved in the visit.  We do NOT charge an exam fee as well with a routine vaccine visit. 

The law requires us to have a valid doctor-patient relationship in the form of an exam within the past year.  We CANNOT dispense prescription medication to patients we have not seen in the past year, including heartworm prevention, ear medication, pain medication, allergy treatments, etc.  If we have an established relationship, we can often prescribe medication without an exam each time.  For example if your pet always has an allergy flare-up in October, we can often treat it without seeing it.

Vaccine clinics are not available for sick pets or emergencies.  If you do not have an established relationship with a vet clinic, they may not be able to get your pet in for an exam since priority will be given to existing clients.  It is also difficult to provide the best medical care for your pet without having a previous medical history.

Vaccines are a source of income for veterinary clinics.  If we are not able to continue this stream of revenue, we will have to charge significantly more for services — spays/neuters, dental cleanings, exams, bloodwork, etc.  We strive to keep our costs as low as possible but we do need revenue to be able to sustain a business.

Vaccine clinics operate on a first come, first serve basis.  This means your wait time may be very short or very long.  This can be quite stressful on your pet if there are a large amount of animals waiting together at the same time.  By scheduling an appointment, you are far less likely to have a significant wait time.  While we may be running late due to emergencies, we do our best to stay on schedule.  We are also able to put potentially contagious animals into exam rooms upon arrival to keep them away from your pet.  This includes fleas!  No one wants their pet to come home with added friends.

If you have any questions about pricing or services offered, please call the clinic at 458-3636 or email us at info@crittercareanimalclinic.com

Leptospirosis is a bacteria found in the environment from animals such as squirrels, rats, raccoons, deer, opossums, and skunks.  The bacteria is transmitted through urine and can contaminate soil and water sources.  Leptospirosis can cause liver and kidney damage, possibly resulting in death if not treated.  This disease can also be transmitted to humans.  For this reason, we include Leptospirosis in all of our distemper vaccines unless the animal has had a previous reaction.  Leptospirosis needs to be given yearly whereas the other components in the distemper vaccine can be given every 3 years once good immunity is established.

Our heartworm test also tests for Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia which can all be transmitted by ticks.  If we can detect exposure to these diseases before they cause symptoms, we can treat with antibiotics to prevent clinical disease.  We are seeing an increase in the number of animals exposed to tick diseases even in the city!

Critter Care has elected to do a 1 year rabies, 3 year distemper protocol for the safety of your cat.  The rabies vaccine we use in cats is a Purevax vaccine which is modified live and non-adjuvented.  Traditional rabies vaccines are killed and adjuvanted — this means they have to add things (adjuvents) to the vaccine to cause the body to respond to the vaccine.  Adjuvents have been linked to sarcomas (cancer) at the site of injection in some cats.  The Purevax rabies is made with a canary pox virus which is harmless to cats but induces a vaccine response without adding adjuvents.  This makes it a much safer vaccine for your cat.


  • Vaccine prices were obtained from organization's websites and are current as of 5/14/18