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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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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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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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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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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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