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    My vet will do price matching and will discount her maintenance drugs. Abby's kidney specialist was charging me 20.00 per bag of lactated ringers solution plus 10.00 per admin set. At 2 bags per week I was quickly headed for bankruptcy court. I mentioned it at her regular vet and the tech told me that I could get a case at Walgreens for 23.00. Her doctor spoke to the office manager and they offered to match Walgreens price of 23.00 plus for an extra 5 bucks they will give me 12 admin sets (the iv tubing) and 100 needles.

    Some of her drugs are canine only but they do give me price discounts because she needs these meds to live. The cheapest online price I've found for her Cerenia is 10.00 for 4 pills. The vets office gives me 24 pills for 96.00. She is also taking Reglan. At the vets office it is 28.00 for 12 pills. But I can get a generic at Target for 4 bucks. They have no problems giving me or calling in a script.

    I think most if not all vets are willing to work with their patients if you just ask them.

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    I sincerely understand that vets need to markup their prices in order to keep their doors open. But I was so surprised that I paid $65 for Punks' chewable glucoseamine supplements that's only about $15 online in the U.S. that I'm now ordering everything from a U.S. online store that ships to Canada for a reasonable shipping fee. No way I'm paying that amount for something that Punks needs daily. I'll go to my vets for meds that I can't get online, but for others I've learned my lesson. Oh my pocketbook! lol.
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    As Gunny's meds are 90% covered by insurance, I happily pay the vets retail price for the convenience. Now, if I was paying the full price, I would certainly be doing some negotiation and price shopping.
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    We have a very close friend who is a vet in another state. She told me how she feels it's ridiculous the mark ups vets charge. For example...a rabies vaccine costs her $2.50... Have you seen how much it costs to get THAT vaccine? Multiply by each vaccine each pet gets and THAT'S a lot of overhead! I don't mind profit taking..AT ALL, but gouging is something entirely different. I get all my long term meds thru her at cost and thank my lucky stars she helps us out.

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    I just thought of something. I do have health insurance for Buddy. They do not pay the $48.00 exam fee or vacanations ect but do pay for the meds. I might call them and see what they think or maybe not? lol After all it was my vet who gave me a free month of Trupanion after his health checkup when he arrived. Hero

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    Bo hasn't had to take too many medications and the one's that he has had to take have also been human meds. The vet got me once on neo/poly/dex drops that she charged $45 for.... at my pharmacy, they were $4. So as others have mentioned, get a script for the med, call your pharmacy to see if they will fill it. It literally takes only a few minutes to check and you can do it while you are at the vet just in case they can't fill it for you.
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