The truth about vet costs in South Africa: What it will cost you to take your pet in for a check-up


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Vet Costs In SA

As a pet owner, it is essential that you understand the true cost of vet care before you incur serious medical debt. Here are the numbers you need to know!

Going to the vet is a natural part of owning a pet, but are you aware of what it costs to seek out professional medical care for your furbaby?  To help you and your wallet out, we are revealing all of the common procedures and what they are going to cost you.

As a small disclaimer, keep in mind that the costs shared here are based on a recent survey. They do not represent the costs at every single event. So, take these numbers with a grain of salt. The aim here is to give you a rough estimate of what it will look like, not an exact amount.

Alright, let’s get started…

A general rule of thumb

As it goes with any medical procedure, the more complicated it is the more money it is going to cost. For example, a general checkup will not be the same amount for cancer treatment strategies. It is important to note that while visiting your vet more regularly may seem expensive, it is actually the most cost-effective option.


Because when you visit your vet regularly, they will be able to catch any potential medical issues earlier on. This means that it will be significantly cheaper to address than if it was discovered later. Remember that prevention is always better than the cure. 

And if you want to save your pet and your wallet, get into the habit of visiting your local vet as often as possible.

Common vet costs


When it comes to neutering your male cat, it averages approximately R750, whereas neutering your female cat costs about R1 350.

For your dog, neutering is generally more expensive with it costing about R1 200 – R1 500 for a male and upwards of R1 800 to neuter a female. Keep in mind that these costs will be influenced by the size and age of your pet!

Blood tests

On average, blood tests for either your dog or your cat will cost between R700 and R900. This is all dependent on how many blood vials are being collected and what the vet is looking for.

General consultation

It is important that your pet goes in for at least one general consultation every single year. However, it is highly recommended that they go in twice a month – it is a great preventative care strategy.

These consultations are fully dependent on where in the country you are but on average, they cost between R350 and R600.

Comprehensive checkup

Now it is important that you understand that a general checkup and a comprehensive exam aren’t the same thing, and the price differences will prove that. A comprehensive checkup at your local vet will cost around R700. This will oftentimes include pest control and a couple of mandatory shots too.

Initial vaccine

For initial vaccines that are mandatory, a few of them will require more than one shot (like your rabies shot for example). Generally, these shots cost about R470 per shot but will be fully dependent on the type that is being administered.


If your pet requires x-rays, you can expect the bill to fall anywhere between R700 and R1 200. This would include the actual x-rays and the subsequent costs that go with them. Just keep in mind that the bill will also vary depending on the part of the body that is being examined and how many x-rays will be needed.


If your pet needs to spend the night over at the hospital, it will generally cost between R200 and R300 per day. This amount will NOT include the costs of medication, food and vet/nurse check-ins throughout the middle of the night.

How to afford all of these bills

Looking at all of these numbers can feel incredibly overwhelming, but the truth is that they shouldn’t make you panic at all. All you need to do is take out pet insurance. This type of medical coverage has been specifically designed to help you cover the costs of exceptional pet care.

All of these numbers won’t mean anything to you if you have a Oneplan pet insurance policy. Many of these costs are covered under the benefits of our policies, meaning that you don’t need to worry about footing the bill.

Oneplan card

Better yet, just to make sure that you aren’t panicked about having to find the money to pay the vet bill BEFORE being reimbursed, we have created our Onecard. It is essentially your exclusive pet health insurance card.

All you would have to do is give us a heads up that you will be heading to the vet, and we will load funds onto the card for you. That way you don’t have to part with your own money. Instead, you can just swipe your Onecard and have the bills covered for you.


All you have to do is pay your premium and we will do the rest for you! Let’s get you, your pet and your finances protected TODAY but having our team call you.


Yours in money-saving pet insurance,


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