If/when you can't afford vet care (solutions, not shaming) - Page 3

Go Back   Dog Forum > Keeping and Caring for Dogs > Dog Health

If/when you can't afford vet care (solutions, not shaming)

This is a discussion on If/when you can't afford vet care (solutions, not shaming) within the Dog Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; For us cheaper vet care means moving to another city. All the vets here are priced the same... Too high. We drove Fearghas an hour ...

User Tag List

Like Tree115Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-02-2013, 01:30 PM
  #21
Senior Member
 
Fearghas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 761
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
For us cheaper vet care means moving to another city. All the vets here are priced the same... Too high. We drove Fearghas an hour and a half to my mums vet for his neuter and saved $250. For regular vet care, with the price of gas being what it is, we just find a local vet, and pay the higher cost.
My next visit in, I'm going to see if I can skip te office visit for another ear infection and just get the meds there. I can't pay $200 a month for the visit and meds if we are going to keep up with the ear thing.
Posted via Mobile Device
pkelley likes this.
Fearghas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 06:48 PM
  #22
Senior Member
 
cac2109's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 620
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Anyone who lives in the Boston area: there is a free vet clinic run by the MSPCA. It is really, really wonderful. It's called the Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals. I've gone there a couple of times for minor things with Honey, but I have seen others who go to have all of their veterinary care done there. I also get my heartworm and flea & tick meds from them because they sell them at low cost. They will arrange low cost spay/neuter and other surgeries/procedures at Angell Animal Medical Center, and really work with you to help you get the care you need for your pets.

I really can't say enough good things about this place and I really wish all cities had a resource like this. It is totally no frills and can be inconvenient, but I know they have saved me at least a few hundred dollars this year, and if my financial situation changed, I'd be there for everything.

Pros:
No office visit fee
Extremely reasonable prices for medicines
Qualified vets (volunteers)
Very kind vet assistants (volunteers)

Cons:
No appointments - it's first come/first served
Sort of odd hours, although they do have Saturday hours
Not the fanciest facility because it's donated
Cash only (if you need to get medicine)
pkelley likes this.
cac2109 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2013, 05:38 PM
  #23
Senior Member
 
Sundog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: 'Murica
Posts: 1,904
Mentioned: 84 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
DogForum thread: Low Cost Spay/Neuter - links, ideas and such
Sundog is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 01-07-2013, 08:12 AM
  #24
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Halifax, uk
Posts: 261
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
As we have 3 dogs in at the vets every month for weight checks, our vet doesn't charge us for any checkups. We only pay for vaccinations for the puppy and any meds and fees for serious check ups. Consultation fees are 35 so we save about 100 a month because of this arrangement with the vet. I'm on low income so could use the free pdsa vet but prefer to be on good terms with the local vet in case of emergency
Posted via Mobile Device
Fletcher99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2013, 02:43 PM
  #25
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Ontario
Posts: 105
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TorachiKatashi View Post
Does anyone know if there is a Canadian substitute to 1-800-PET-MEDS? Admittedly, I have been a bit lack in flea/heartworm preventative for my crew because the total cost of it all for both dogs and the cat was about $400. Of course, every time I start to get a bit of extra money together, something comes up.
If your dogs stay on the rock, do you need heartworm protection? I'm not aware that the mosquito that transmits HW has been found there.

Someone above mentioned a cheap way to control fleas (necessary only if you actually have fleas on your pets): buy a pkg of Advantage 100, and divide one tube according to your pets' weights as mentioned above. Possibly one tube would do all three. When the fleas are cleared up, put the box away until you need it again. If it's cleared up by the time the snow falls, you probably won't need it again until the following fall, if even then. One box could last you for years!
rmpsbuttercup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2013, 02:50 PM
  #26
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Ontario
Posts: 105
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fearghas View Post
My next visit in, I'm going to see if I can skip te office visit for another ear infection and just get the meds there. I can't pay $200 a month for the visit and meds if we are going to keep up with the ear thing.
Posted via Mobile Device
Your vet should be fine with that providing he or she has seen your dog within the last year. If it's been longer than a year, the ON law requires that the vet see your dog. You could also see if the ear stuff comes in a larger bottle. Sometimes the price difference is minimal for a larger amount, especially if a script fee is added.
rmpsbuttercup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2013, 11:31 PM
  #27
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
have an adopted dog and no job. I suspect that he may have worms. Gonna call the local vet tomorrow. No low cost options where I live on an island. Are vets forced to give Rx and allow you to purchase meds elsewhere, or is it different with dogs? Lack of funds force buying meds from a cheaper source.
discord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2013, 07:45 PM
  #28
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Ontario
Posts: 105
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by discord View Post
have an adopted dog and no job. I suspect that he may have worms. Gonna call the local vet tomorrow. No low cost options where I live on an island. Are vets forced to give Rx and allow you to purchase meds elsewhere, or is it different with dogs? Lack of funds force buying meds from a cheaper source.
Depending on where you live can get dewormer over the counter. On the other hand, ask the vet what the dewormer will cost rather than assume that it will be more expensive. Sometimes it's cheaper to buy the right stuff first, rather than waste money on stuff that doesn't work.

For example, Walgreens has a dewormer that sells for $10.00. It does only pinworms. A broad spectrum dewormer from the vet probably costs less than that.

The laws that govern vets are different in each province and state. Where I live, the vet has to have a "patient-client relationship" before they can dispense anything. That generally means that he or she has to have seen you and your pet at least once before giving any prescription drugs.
pkelley likes this.
rmpsbuttercup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 09:33 PM
  #29
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Posts: 573
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Some horse medication has the same active ingredients as for dogs, but higher dosed (e.g. Previcox/Equicoxx). Can be a bit of a pain to dose it, though. Nova is on horse joint supplements from the local feed store (MSM, Glucosamines, Heparan Sulfate). Make absolutely sure you know what you're doing though when you decide to do that.

I am not a big fan of discount vets, tbh. There is usually a price you pay for discount.
I prefer to limit the number of vet visits to a minimum, and go see a real specialist (the best I can find in that respective field) when it's really needed.

Health insurance is nice, but in our case useless, as Nova's knee problems are considered a "pre-existing or hereditary condition", so they won't pay.
Regula is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 02:18 PM
  #30
Senior Member
 
crock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: NW
Posts: 12,336
Mentioned: 340 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Regula View Post
Some horse medication has the same active ingredients as for dogs, but higher dosed (e.g. Previcox/Equicoxx). Can be a bit of a pain to dose it, though. Nova is on horse joint supplements from the local feed store (MSM, Glucosamines, Heparan Sulfate). Make absolutely sure you know what you're doing though when you decide to do that.
Specifically, usually they are at different concentrations and if they contain more than one active ingredient, it is even more difficult to make sure each one is appropriately dosed for a dog. Additionally, cutting the dose proportionately by weight will be inaccurate (think over or under dose) for a different species in most cases. Please see a vet regarding using large animal medications off label for your small animals. Many people who think they know what they are doing do not.

--------------------------------

Resources for Responsible Pet Ownership: Financial Options & Assistance | Oregon Veterinary Medical Association
That page has a lot of great resources.
crock is offline   Reply With Quote
Dog Stairs - Dog Steps - Quality Pet Products
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I cant believe I havent seen any Dog Shaming Pic on here!!! dsmgirl07 Dog Pictures and Videos 14 12-20-2012 06:39 AM
Dog-shaming Regula General Dog Discussion 9 08-25-2012 05:12 AM
Can't afford the good stuff? Animal Lover Dog Food 15 11-02-2009 03:55 PM
Cold feet. Solutions? dazydaizee General Dog Discussion 4 01-19-2009 03:40 PM


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.