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    • RichardCUK
    • By RichardCUK 5th Jul 17, 4:29 PM
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    High Vet Medications Prices
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    • 5th Jul 17, 4:29 PM
    High Vet Medications Prices 5th Jul 17 at 4:29 PM
    Hi everyone,

    I was wondering if any could answer a few questions I have. Mainly to do with how much extra vets charge for flee and worming tablets.

    Now I know that if I go to one of the many online pet drugstores I can get worming tablets at the fraction of the price, the only problem is the vet I go to is now asking for an extortionate amount for a signed prescription something like £15 which sometimes makes the price difference from the online stores null and void.

    My question is can they do this? Isn't there a standard price for a prescription like on the NHS? They also say for the Prinovox I give my dog they can only write a prescription out for 1 pack at a time. Again is this BS?

    I'm just fed up of paying through the nose for dog meds.

    Do anyone know of a work around or places that just need dogs details and not an actual prescription or of a place I can get a prescription from that isnt a rip off price?

    My dog currently has Prinovox every month and Milbemax Chewable once every 6 months.
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    • Rev
    • By Rev 5th Jul 17, 6:39 PM
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    • 5th Jul 17, 6:39 PM
    There's so many great wormers that don't need a prescription. Why not switch to one of those?

    I use panacur or drontal, neither need a prescription.


    Sorry I can't be more help with the prescription issue. But if you think the vet is just trying to gouge you then change vets if possible.
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    • doglover86
    • By doglover86 5th Jul 17, 9:32 PM
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    • 5th Jul 17, 9:32 PM
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    • 5th Jul 17, 9:32 PM
    Hey Richard,

    I swear by Beaphar for Flea treatment/prevention (same active ingrediant as Frontline but usually about half the price) and then either Beaphar or Johnsons for the worming tablets - everything seems to be fine with my crowd off both products so I can recommend them.

    This is where I go for them:

    https://www.petconnection.ie/category/dog/dog-flea-and-tick-removal/flea-and-tick-removal-treatments

    https://www.petconnection.ie/category/dog/dog-wormers

    Hope this helps
    • IAmWales
    • By IAmWales 5th Jul 17, 9:46 PM
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    Isn't there a standard price for a prescription like on the NHS?
    NHS prescriptions are subsidised by the state. You don't see the true cost of the medicines you are prescribed.

    Who do you suggest makes up the cost of your dog's prescriptions?
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 6th Jul 17, 10:16 PM
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    • 6th Jul 17, 10:16 PM
    Vets can set their own fee for writing a prescription. My vet charges £19

    They also decide how long a prescription lasts - one month, three months etc.

    The items you are getting are prescription only medicine because of the drugs contained in them.
    • RichardCUK
    • By RichardCUK 7th Jul 17, 9:55 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 9:55 AM
    I'm not saying the cost of the meds should be subsidize what I'm saying is why can they charge so much for signing a piece of paper? I still go and buy the meds for their full price but £13.60 to get them to sign a piece of paper seems like a way to deter people from getting pet meds online as the discount vanishes when they charge rip off amounts for a bit of paper
    • RichardCUK
    • By RichardCUK 7th Jul 17, 10:06 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 10:06 AM
    doglover86. Thank you for the links.

    In regards to the wormer i says it prevents Roundworm and Tapeworm. What about lungworm and roundworms?
    • ElusiveLucy
    • By ElusiveLucy 7th Jul 17, 12:41 PM
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    Try a different vet - mine charges £10 for a prescripton
    What goes around comes around.....I hope!
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 9th Jul 17, 1:51 PM
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    • 9th Jul 17, 1:51 PM
    I'm not saying the cost of the meds should be subsidize what I'm saying is why can they charge so much for signing a piece of paper? I still go and buy the meds for their full price but £13.60 to get them to sign a piece of paper seems like a way to deter people from getting pet meds online as the discount vanishes when they charge rip off amounts for a bit of paper
    Originally posted by RichardCUK
    he is not just writing a piece of paper.

    HE has to provide the paper the prescription os written on and the computer and ink to produce it.

    You are paying foe his training and expertise in knowing what is the appropriate treatment.
    He bares responsibility if something goes wrong or the drug is the wrong one.

    He is paying for the running costs of the surgery and staff to provide a service to you.

    Without all the above he would not be there to 'write on a piece of paper'.

    Everybody pays their share on these costs in their charges.
    • RichardCUK
    • By RichardCUK 14th Jul 17, 1:03 PM
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    I'm sorry but its a rip off plain and simple. They have increased their prescription prices from £13.60 to £18. I'd say its because people realise medication from the vets is a rip off price so they crank up the prescription price to deter people.

    My vet wants £80 for Advocate for my dog. I can get it online for £31. Even with the rip off prescription price its still cheaper. It just annoys the hell out of me they can charge such a rip off ate/
    • bugslet
    • By bugslet 14th Jul 17, 2:16 PM
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    Yes, it is possible that they have raised their prices because of loss of trade to online pharmacies. And I don't blame them.

    Running a warehouse, even one geared up for pharmaceuticals ( presuming it is), is significantly cheaper than having to run a vets practice as sheramber has explained.

    I would like people to pay me for my expertise and running costs in my work and I'm sure you would in whatever line of work you are in. Vets are the same.
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 14th Jul 17, 7:10 PM
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    Vets do not have the buying power that online companies have. The same as the corner shop does not have the buying power of the supermarket therefore their prices are higher than the supermarket,

    Vets are restricted as to who they can get their supplies from. They may be paying more for their products than you are paying online but they do not have a choice as to where they can urchse.

    Medicines have a sell by date so they have to order according to how much they use, which will be a lesser amount than a online supplier sells.
    My husband had a specialist retail shop. He would have had to pay more to the manufacturer of one product than a rival, much bigger shop was selling it because he would be buying on a smaller scale.

    Of course, you will be complaining when your vet stops making a profit because people buy elsewhere and he closes down.
    • Fosterdog
    • By Fosterdog 14th Jul 17, 7:27 PM
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    When I needed regular metacam for my old dog before we lost her my vet charged £12 for a one off prescription or £19 for a repeat lasting no more than six months. They were supposed to also see her every six months before continuing to prescribe metacam and that should carry a consultation fee but they were always really good and only charged the prescription fee and gave a free (albeit quite quick) consultation.


    Is there any particular reason you feel the need to keep your dog dosed up on flea and worm medications? My dogs have never had fleas (I do check regularly) and I get a worm count done once a year which so far has always come back completely clear so if I were to use preventatives I would be dosing my dog up on needless medications which cost a fair amount for no good reason. I'd rather treat something if they ever get it that keep them permanently dosed up.
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