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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2016, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone ever used Vetco (through Petco) vaccination clinics?

Since we moved, I have not found a good vet. I took my tabby in last month and am paying off a $300 bill for them to give him an antibiotic for an ear infection, a rabies shot and thyroid blood work. I didn't like how they handled my cat. I have another cat at home, a Siamese who needs a rabies shot, never leaves the house, and is healthy.

I am considering bringing her to Petco to get her rabies shot while I shop for a new vet. The store employees said you come in and wait in line (there is a line). Her shot would be $20, compared to a $140 bill to have her examined, and they would probably promote more blood work since she is over 10 years of age. She is quite plump, showing no symptoms of anything, the only problem I can foresee is her dental health. That cat's breath is bad, but vets always told me her teeth were fine.

Anyone do the Vetco thing? Tell me your experience.
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I have no direct experience - I like and trust my vets but a [email protected] here are starting to offer vaccines etc. at a really low rate and I can totally see the appeal.

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I would love a traveling vet. That would be so much less stressful for cats. I think 90 percent of their anxiety is being away from the house.

So I went to Vetco this morning and it was super easy. It doesn't replace a vet examination by any means.

I was worried about standing in a line with a bunch of dogs, but they were very organized, had me check in and then sent me a text when they were ready for my pet. I would not bring my other cat there because he is a bit more dramatic. The vet is in a corner of the pet store, and I would be afraid the cat would go wildcat and escape into the store!
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I've never been to Petco's specifically, but I have been to the VIP Pet Care clinic and had a FANTASTIC experience. It was at my local pet store, Pet Supplies Plus, and the vet who was working it is actually our local fantastic spay/neuter clinic's vet. I was astounded since this walk-in, affordable pet clinic had quite possibly one of the best vets in the entire area working it!

I paid $30 for the rabies shot--Ellie is completely healthy and just needed it to get groomed at Petsmart, so I really didnt want to spend the money at my traditional vet. The vet at the VIP clinic gave Ellie a full exam, checked her teeth, ears, etc. I got the exam completely for free and only had to pay for the rabies shot. It was a great experience.

I saw the sign for Petco's new clinic--and it's even cheaper than VIP Pet Care. I've never been so I can't speak for Petco's specifically, but since I had such a great experience at VIP's I may be willing to check it out.

The only downfall, I'd say, is if your cat is fearful. You do have to wait in a line with dogs that are barking their heads off (or atleast, I did the day I went. It was on a busy Sunday). That part was annoying, but once we got back to the vet's table it was less hectic. Although I'm sure this will depend on the layout of the pet store on if they have a private-ish area for the exam table or not.

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I was worried about standing in a line with a bunch of dogs, but they were very organized, had me check in and then sent me a text when they were ready for my pet. I would not bring my other cat there because he is a bit more dramatic. The vet is in a corner of the pet store, and I would be afraid the cat would go wildcat and escape into the store!
I JUST saw your response after commenting haha. I'm so glad to hear it went so well! I agree with you, it's definitely not a good situation for cats that are scared in public settings. But for cats that are more tolerant it works fine!
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Gee, Mandy and Ellie, after hearing your experience, I might check out PetSmart's options as well. We have those stores here. The vet used a stethoscope to check heart (maybe lungs?), but there was no exam. I do wish she looked at her teeth and ears. She felt around her neck too.

The convenience is very nice. I get anxious making an appointment, because that cat is skittish and reads my mind. When she hides, she cannot be found. This Vetco thing is pretty much a drop in service, so I was able to decide to take her at the last moment when she was sunning in the window unaware!
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