It's important to bring pets to the doctor if they seem sick but what happens when it comes time to pay? Savvy consumers likely do some cost comparison and, while it's not a good idea to scrimp on a quality vet, what about two drastically different prices for the same medications? The following question was recently posed to me:
My kitty has had this persistent cough and I've taken her to the vet twice just this month, which is fine — I'll pay whatever fees to get her better. But here's the thing. My vet charged me 30 bucks for 15ml of Clavamox drops, and 22 dollars for 62.5mg pills when I came back the second time. On 1-800-petmeds, both medications are at least ten dollars cheaper!
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I would have gone ahead and paid his rates anyway (I mean he's a very nice man and vets have to eat, too). But, at the same time, I'm just a college student and have to save however I can. So, on my next visit, I really just want to ask for a prescription and get her meds online instead, but I'm not quite sure how to approach the subject . . . I'm afraid I might offend him somehow? Should I just whisper to his receptionist? What is the etiquette for this?
Can any of you help this PetSugar reader figure out how to broach this tough subject with the doctor's office? Please offer your great tips and suggestions in the comments below.