Vet Charges

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  1. Jim

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    My dog has a bit of arthritis in a front leg, the vet today was singing the praises of a particular drug which was going to cost me £86 for a three month supply. The vet looked down her nose when I said I would think about it, she told me that the dog needs it so there is nothing to think about!! I Just sourced the exact same brand name drug, in date till 2012 for £41. Took great delight in telling her too:BigGrin:

    Does your vet take the 'P' that much?
     
  2. Losos

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    Jim, if your dog still needs it after I come back from my trip PM the name etc. and I could probably buy it for you here for pounds 20
     
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    Hi

    Yes, the vet I use most definately takes the p***.

    When one of my dogs Buster wasn't well I took him to the vet and she said that his glands at the back of his legs were up and suggested he may need a biopsy on these glands as he may have a lymphoma.

    I said I would wait and see whether the second course of antibiotics would help first. After a short while I felt the glands in his legs and they had gone down.

    There was absolutely nothing wrong with him, but she put it in my mind that he may have lymphoma and frightened the life out of me, as he is only a young dog.

    Also whenever I take any of them to the vets the vet always want me to bring them back in a weeks time to check on their progress.

    I usually make the appointment and then cancel as I am quite capable of knowing whether my own dog is getting better and I do not need to pay the vet a further £20 for her to tell me that he is recovering.

    Most definatley only out to line their own pockets in my view.

    Lesley
     
  4. Johno

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    Hi Jim
    I have heard good reports about a product called Joint Aid for canine joint and arthritis problems I believe it is a glucosamine type supplement in granule form that is sprinkled over the pooches food, also a farmer friend of mine gave his Jack Russel a dose of Calpol on his food every night on his vet's recommendation, I guess this helped the discomfort and inflammation.
    Some years ago it was made illegal to prescribe human medication for animals and as a consequence you've guessed it up went the cost of animal only medication.
    Oh yes I have just paid out nearly £500 to have a bladder stone removed from one of our dogs Ouch !!!, but to be fair to the vet he did warn us that pugs are high maintenance dogs but having had the breed for over twenty years we just can't get out of the habit.

    John.
     
  5. DESCO

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    Hi Jim.

    Have you tought of a copper chain coller. I have worn a copper chain round my wrist for years for arthritis result of years riding motor bikes. Once while working as a service eng. a customer asked if it worked, I said it did for me but did not work for everyone. On visiting again some months later he said he had tried a copper chain on an elderly Great Dane and that it had had worked a treat. :thumb:

    Worth a try a bit cheaper than pills and if it works better than drugs.

    Dave
     
  6. Road Runner

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    One way and another Bruno operation has cost nearly £3000 glad I am insured.

    What does annoy me though is insured flashes up on their screen whenever they check his notes.

    The operation has helped him greatly though as he can get breath but not fully.

    At present be lost without him.
     
  7. alf

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    Johno since when have vets stopped prescribing human medication for pets,
    our vet does it all the time although he does ask which you prefer when there is a choice the pet medication always costs more.

    at present 2 x 28 tabs from vets £38.00.
    on a vets prescription ( for free ) identical tablets ( same box same manufacturer ) from chemists £ 18.20.
    Regards Alf
     
  8. Johno

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    Hello Alf
    About ten years ago my vet at at that time informed me that legislation was about to be passed prohibiting the use of human presribed drugs for animals, whether or not this was fact I can only guess, but since then I have only been able to get animal specific medication from the vets we use although they have advised me from time to time of over the counter products that can be used. Maybe I got it wrong and it was animal products that couldn't be prescribed for humans as I was suffering from hardpad and distemper at the time.
    Or could it be another case of vets taking the P--- .

    John
     
  9. davejen

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    Hi, Jim we were in a similar position recently, but went on the internet and found loads of "Dog Health " sites. Plenty of info from pet owners with their own stories and how they've sorted all kinds of problems out. We did and it cost us (well the ins .co)£1000 when ,if we'd gone on the net first -nothing as it was a dietry thing.
    Dave:thumb:
     
  10. Heyupluv

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    Hi Jim
    Our vet in France prescribed for our old chocolate Labrador for his joints (that was very bad and could not lift the back end up, over 1 year ago) now walking around a little stiff but does not seem in any pain like before

    METACAM 100ml at the rate of 3ml per day for 6 days a week
    Cost of the Metacam 55 euros and lasted 33 days (1.66 euros per day)
    + 3 Glucosamine tablets for dogs (not sure what he charged for the Glucosamine from the vets) as we now buy the from Healthspan Glucosamine for animals..vetsvits flexi-joints on the internet, A lot cheaper than the vets, both these items have made a big difference to the joints of a very old Labrador.
    But now vet tells us (last week ) there is a generic brand called MELOXIVET 150ml cost 60 euros at the rate of 3ml this will last for 55 days (1.09euros per day) so it is a little cheaper (brand made by Janssen animal health, Belgium)
    I do not know it this is of any help to you but it looks like all Vets, in all countries make a lot of money on medicines.

    Jim..... what was the drug your vet prescribed

    Mel
    A pleasant French peasant born in Yorkshire now living in France
     
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