cost of dog ( cat) medication
I brought both dogs in to have their teeth checked - the shih tzu is checked every year, the large lab about every three+ years. So far still good with the little one, hasnt required a teeth cleaning yet! The big one though really needed a good cleaning, her first. Dogs are put out for this procedure, the cost can get high especially if tooth extractions are necessary, but our vet has the best prices in the valley. We recently switched to this vet, our old faithful vet retired and sold her practice to a young man who promptly raised the prices, at least doubled,.some were tripled. This vet came from word of mouth recommendation.
The vet told us that though the daily x3 dose of low dose aspirin we give to the old lab for joint pain is fine, the problem comes when she will ever require surgery or perhaps medications that could intensify the chance of bleeding and suggested we switch her to a pain med called tramadol, 75 mg x 3 per day. She warned us that it was expensive, we agreed that it seemed a good idea to switch her, we cant know what is in her medical future. Each dose cost $1.00, and at $3.00 per day, adds up to a real expense to us an a monthly basis. Certainly willing to pay as she has chronic pain and this med seems much more effective than the aspirin was.
However, being the thrifty person I am, I did some research on a more cost effective way to get this medication. A site recommended Cost-co as a very inexpensive way to get canine med.
I called the vet office and requested a perscription for 90 days plus one refill. There was a LOT of hemming and hawing and I had to call back the next day to find out if the vet would do it. He would, but was charging me $ 10.00 for writing it out! Was shocked and irritated.
Took it to Costco, was able to qualify for their reduced rates because she, even though an animal, has no health insurance. Amazing! I was prepared for a very hefty bill, but the total cost for it for a 90 day supply at three times a day was slightly less than $12.00 - that is, twelve dollars total charge at three doses a day for ninety full days supply.
Shame on my vet. Shame.
No wonder they were so reluctant to write it out for me. The Costco guy told me that all the vets are very upset at costco because the prices cant be beat and most have taken to charging the $10.00 fee for a written script, and will refuse to phone in refills.
I can understand a vet markup in order to cover their expenses plus a reasonable profit, but that buck a pill is really theft imo.
If you have animals on daily meds ( same dog is on thyroid med, too) it is more than worth it to become a Costco life member to save perhaps huge bucks on your pet's medication IMO.
It is for us, at any rate. And besides, I save big on my vitamins, hair and some skin products, some cleaning supplies, certainly paper products such as kleenex and bathroom tissue - and have access to excellent, organic no hormone boneless, skinless chicken breasts and red meat when I need it, red meat that is pink slime free, and *always* has been. The meats are never on sale and are more expensive, but the quality is great. I get all the ground beef there and always my chicken breasts and divide it all up and use the vacuum sealer, but for some other red meat I often shop for pink slime free sales elsewhere. We eat a LOT of chicken breasts though and like it that I can get quality breasts there.
Now, can save serious bucks on my beloved doggie's medications to combat her chronic pain too - so to quote Martha Stewart, its a good thing.