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Old 05-01-2014, 01:29 PM
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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.
I forgot to say that there is a wide variation in price from store to store up to $100. They have to make up the difference somewhere. Some drugs don't appear on the $4 list on the internet that are controlled substances like tranquillizers and pain killers. You need to call to ask for them. You need the name of the drug, strength, how many pills, how often they take it and the total quantity needed. Ask for generic drugs. Just call around. Then, have you vet call in the prescription.
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Also look into CitiHealth which is a CitiBank credit card for health/medical purposes and most Vets accept it. This is what I had to do with Chewy once the $500 vet bills started rolling in.
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I bought PetPlan insurance - initially, 28. a month. (I live in the UK). But now Belle is older, the insurance has gone up to 89. a month. I obviously can't drop it at this point - this is when Bell is going to need it. I think I'd wait until the dog the was seven or so, then check out insurance. I'd also be tempted to have a savings account and deposit what I would have spent on insurance in it.

In general, no money, need a vet: I'd call the local animal shelter and ask for advise. Maybe offer to volunteer cleaning pens in exchange for a bit of care?
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My friend buys the prednisone for her dog at TARGET! It is only 10. versus the 90.00 a month her first vet was charging her, the dog has Addison's disease and I dog sit him. She went to a vet friend I recommended and he charges only for the medication that has to be injected monthly, not for the office visit! And she became a dog sitter to help pay for the meds too!
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There are free rabies vaccination clinics in NJ.
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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 $900!!!
Is this recent? Koda got spayed (mature, plus 46 lbs at the time) for around 600$ (the quote I got was less but I trusted these guys and they did a great job) and there's a spay neuter clinic in Ottawa which is 330$. They do get pricey elsewhere but try finding a vet outside the city if you can get a ride. Country vets tend to be much cheaper because they buy in bulk for larger animals. I don't know how TO is since last I checked there's not as many barns around there but a quick-ish drive north or south a bit should have you in areas that are easier to access vet care. Rideshares between the two cities/areas are pretty common if you check FB groups/kijiji.

Dental cleanings also start around 300$ normally so just shop around and call all the vets in the area. Tooth removal is different, but a basic cleaning shouldn't be that bad-mostly the cost is for the anesthetic.
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Has anybody heard ivermectin sheep drench for dogs for heartworm treatment? I've been talking to a lady on a different site that breeds huskies and she treats her dogs with it. I just didn't know all that much about it. I'm doing more research now. I was told by my previous vet that heartworm treatment wasn't needed in my area (Colorado) because we have such low heartworm rates, and now we are going to a different vet (our old vet sadly passed away) that basically called me a terrible pet owner for not having them on heartworm. Needless to say, we won't be going back to her, but I do want to get the babies on heartworm medication if its needed. They are on K9 Advantix II that kills mosquitos and repels them.
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^I know that some hunting kennels use it (or cattle/swine ivermectin solution) as a cheaper option than rx. If you want to use it, take the bottle to your vet and ask them to calculate the appropriate dose. I wouldn't take an off label dosage rec for it from the internet.
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Is this recent? Koda got spayed (mature, plus 46 lbs at the time) for around 600$ (the quote I got was less but I trusted these guys and they did a great job) and there's a spay neuter clinic in Ottawa which is 330$. They do get pricey elsewhere but try finding a vet outside the city if you can get a ride. Country vets tend to be much cheaper because they buy in bulk for larger animals. I don't know how TO is since last I checked there's not as many barns around there but a quick-ish drive north or south a bit should have you in areas that are easier to access vet care. Rideshares between the two cities/areas are pretty common if you check FB groups/kijiji.

Dental cleanings also start around 300$ normally so just shop around and call all the vets in the area. Tooth removal is different, but a basic cleaning shouldn't be that bad-mostly the cost is for the anesthetic.
4 years ago I got Lily spayed for much cheaper, it was around $450? but now that same vet charges $900+.

The Toronto Humane Society has a low cost clinic it's around $200 for a spay so they told me to wait around 3 weeks after she is done nursing and then try to book an appointment.
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