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Old 02-15-2014, 10:29 PM
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I know when I first got Dakota, my aunt suggested going to Pet supplies and getting his vaccines done for $10/each and then micro-chipped for $10 as well. All together, the visit was $60. VPI were the vets present for the procedure and they were very well mannered and gentle with Dakota. They also offer affordable parasite prevention in various forms but effective nonetheless. I strongly suggest VPI for those who are tight on money but still want to afford good pet health care. So glad my aunt told me about them.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:27 AM
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Just heard about Pet Assure which discount 25% of vet bills/meds...sounds good!
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I truly understand wanting to save money by purchasing Rx products online, but I think if you have a good vet., and speak to them about possibly discounting their price maybe they will. Online shopping is always much cheaper, but I am a firm believer of supporting my veterinary hospital, whom I trust and value.
The cost and time of going to veterinary school is about the same as medical school. Veterinarians don't make the money that medical doctors do, and never will. The costs of operating a business, especially of that type is very high. If I like my Vet, I will be loyal to them, If I cannot afford something, I will try and work something out, If I do not like them, I will find another to be loyal to. It's just like all the Home Depots and WalMarts putting your local mom and pop businesses out....
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our vet friend would be the first one to suggest buying the medications online or another pharmacy if it is a trustworthy company...he knows how expensive it is to send children (if you have them) through college, or how hard it is to make ends meet on a fixed income. In fact, he just wrote one of the dog owners' dogs I sit for a prescription for prednisone that is 30.00 for a 90 day supply at Walmart, instead of them paying 90.00 for a 90 day supply at their old vet's office.(After an office visit/eval. of course). I have so much respect for him. Another time - One vet wanted 800.00 to put our dogs to sleep (years ago) and so I had to "shop around" during this awful situation...our other local vet charged me 40.00 each and did counseling with me before and after.
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My vet matches online prices. Two other vets I know do also. They would rather match than take the chance of getting counterfeit drugs.
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Does anyone have any options for people in Ontario?

Last year Lily got sick i'm not sure if it was from her vaccines or all the changes going on but anyways she stopped eating and then drinking. It cost close to $1000 to have her examined, bloodwork one subq fluid injection and then the vet said he needed $3000 more upfront or I could take her home and hope for the best. I took her home because I had no other option and force fed her and syringed water into for two weeks, it was awful. Anyways I couldn't find any financial help and her vet of 3 years does not make payment plans, it seems none in Toronto do. I did call a few rescues to ask if they knew of anywhere that could help but they said no, they said I could surrender her and they would help her but I couldn't get her back
I just got a quote for Lily's teeth and Hailey's spay and honestly I am floored, the quote for Lily's dental cleaning starts at $1200 and Hailey's spay at $900!!!
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Does anyone have any options for people in Ontario?

Last year Lily got sick i'm not sure if it was from her vaccines or all the changes going on but anyways she stopped eating and then drinking. It cost close to $1000 to have her examined, bloodwork one subq fluid injection and then the vet said he needed $3000 more upfront or I could take her home and hope for the best. I took her home because I had no other option and force fed her and syringed water into for two weeks, it was awful. Anyways I couldn't find any financial help and her vet of 3 years does not make payment plans, it seems none in Toronto do. I did call a few rescues to ask if they knew of anywhere that could help but they said no, they said I could surrender her and they would help her but I couldn't get her back
I just got a quote for Lily's teeth and Hailey's spay and honestly I am floored, the quote for Lily's dental cleaning starts at $1200 and Hailey's spay at $900!!!
I can't figure out why it would be so much more expensive than in US. I wish I could help. Please keep us updated.
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Vets can call an Rx in to a drug store for you. I shop around for medications like prednisone, antibiotics etc (that people take). The vet is often not the lowest price. Check with drug stores, big box stores and grocery stores. Some of them are $4 or free. You are not required to have a membership to a big box store in the US to get an Rx there. Just tell the person at the door your going to the pharmacy.
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The vet is often not the lowest price.
Very very true for prescriptions. I had to get cephalexin (something like that) it was 80-something dollars because it was for a big dog. Took the prescription to Walmart and got it for 13 dollars.
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I can't figure out why it would be so much more expensive than in US. I wish I could help. Please keep us updated.
I don't know if the prices are like this all over Canada but in Toronto where I live it is insane, just taking 1 dog in for one set of shots and an exam cost me 300 bucks! For Hailey's spay I have received three quotes now and all are over 900 bucks and the crazy part is one of the vets who gave me a quote is the same one who spayed Lily 3 years ago and at that time it only cost $400

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