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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-22-2007, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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I went to the vet clinic today to get some Drontal to exorcise all the possible worm demons from the kitties. I got enough for my six, plus the stray tomcat, all of whom weigh enough to need 1 1/2 tabs each. GULP!!! I almost had to take out a mortgage to deworm the cats --- it was $61.25 for 7 cats!

Was that pretty exhorbitant? What does everyone else pay for Drontal? Guess I'd better web-shop. You know, I believe in doing business with my vets, but wow, if I can get it much cheaper, I'd be a fool to keep buying it there.

I'm going to try something new this time. I hate that the Drontal tabs are so huge and hard to swallow. Plus, the 1/2 tab is not only big, but has sharp edges. To say nothing of how bad it must taste. They HATE it. I've been saving the empty Cosequin capsules, as I mix the powder in Phmokey's food (the Cosequin is chicken/tuna flavored). So I crushed up each dose and and it just (barely) fits in a capsule. I hope that makes it much easier to dose the kitties.

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It's $8.50 for one tablet at my vet. I don't know if there's a volume discount.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-22-2007, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Just doesn't make sense. I can deworm a 1200 pound horse for $2.99.

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The E.R. vet charged $16.99 for one tablet for Cleo. I'm sure my regular vet charges less, but probably not much.

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This just goes to show the wildly varying charges from one vet to another when their cost must be very close to the same.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-23-2007, 12:48 PM
 
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I will never again buy any meds from a vet that I can safely get online (and for which the dosage is simple): for five days of Panacur for a 4.5lbs kitten, I was charged $38, when I could have gotten the same thing online for the extravagant price of $10!

I also spotted the CET cat chews for $17 a bag of 30, while you can get them online as low as $7!! I know they have to make a profit on what they sell, but they very rarely keep it reasonable
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what's even worse is that I get a major discount on services at my vet but even *I* can find stuff cheaper in stores or online.

Now I love the discount (although I don't take advantage of it like most people and actually pay off my bill rather than paying $20 per paycheck on a $500-800 account ) but I know my options.

I do tons of comparison shopping. What prompted me to do so was that we have a ton of Gentle Leaders (a head halter for dogs) on the shelf. I decided to try one so I bought on at work. Even with my discount it was like $25 or so... we charge clinets like $40! I saw them on the shelves of petsmart for like $15 a few weeks later.

If I know clients can get something cheaper elsewhere (the biggest seller for me is the Gentle Leader for obvious reasons) I'll let them know where to go. I don't feel guilty about it anymore either.

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As for the icky pills for cats, with some meds you can crush the tablet with the flat part of a chef's knife and put the powder into food, like tuna. I don't know if this particular med can be done that way.

As for other medications at the vet, our vet is very good about telling us if things are available at a human pharmacy, where it can be a lot cheaper. For example, it would be $25 to fill a 90 pill prescription for my dog's kidney medication at my vet, but it is also a human drug. I get the same 90 pills at the pharmacy for $12, since it falls under the $4 prescription plan for 30 pills.
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