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    • MSE Sarah
    • By MSE Sarah 12th Sep 19, 11:32 AM
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    MoneySaving for dog owners discussion
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    MoneySaving for dog owners discussion 12th Sep 19 at 11:32 AM


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    • Gillford
    • By Gillford 1st Oct 19, 8:43 PM
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    • 1st Oct 19, 8:43 PM
    I had trouble getting insurance for my rescue dog as he is a Rumanion street dog so I don't know exactly old he is, as most companies want a birth date, we think he is now about 11 but that also means a lot of companies won't insure him
    • BikerChick90
    • By BikerChick90 1st Oct 19, 10:21 PM
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    • 1st Oct 19, 10:21 PM
    Money saving tip for pet owners with large breeds.

    I have a large Alsatian and beds are a fortune!
    I recently bought a bargain orthopaedic memory foam double bed mattress on eBay, the human type of course, complete with a zip off cover. It had been hardly used, from a spare bedroom of a home and cost me £1 (I collected it in my car).
    I then bought the biggest replacement dog bed covers I could find on eBay for £3.99. Using the cover as a template I removed the mattress cover and cut the mattress up into 4 rectangular pieces, then put dog bed covers on each piece. This made four extra large luxurious memory foams dog beds, as thick as a usual human mattress. Two for my Alsatian, two for my parents dogs.
    Total cost for all 4 beds including the covers £17 and the dogs love them! Couldn’t buy one bed big enough for my Alsatian for £17 at pets at home!
    Last edited by BikerChick90; 01-10-2019 at 10:24 PM.
    • MAISIE26
    • By MAISIE26 1st Oct 19, 10:30 PM
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    • 1st Oct 19, 10:30 PM
    Puppy trainers
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    • 1st Oct 19, 10:30 PM
    Hi Hearing dogs for deaf people also look for puppy trainers in many areas to socialise young puppies, in much the same way as Guide dogs. Breeds tend to be smaller, and can be short term eg for holiday cover Worth looking on their website for more details
    • scurrier
    • By scurrier 1st Oct 19, 10:37 PM
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    • 1st Oct 19, 10:37 PM
    Great suggestions from BikerChick90! ...
    I use old duvets, folding them to fit the dog bed cover, and if your washing machine is big enough you can wash them too, which is a bonus.
    Were the dog bed covers that you found on eBay any good? I've found that they are often quite flimsy.
    Last edited by scurrier; 01-10-2019 at 10:39 PM. Reason: identify who I'm replying to
    • elsien
    • By elsien 1st Oct 19, 10:40 PM
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    I had trouble getting insurance for my rescue dog as he is a Rumanion street dog so I don't know exactly old he is, as most companies want a birth date, we think he is now about 11 but that also means a lot of companies won't insure him
    Originally posted by Gillford
    Make up a birthdate based on vets estimate of age
    - that's what I've had to do with my rescue dogs.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • scurrier
    • By scurrier 1st Oct 19, 10:52 PM
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    • 1st Oct 19, 10:52 PM
    Vaccinations saver
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    • 1st Oct 19, 10:52 PM
    Some of the "annual" vaccinations for dogs are only required every three years, and often this is what is recommended by the companies that have produced them.
    Most vets will happily do this, even though they still send out reminders every year. If you go down this route, talk to your vet first.
    You can get "titer" tests to check for antibodies, but these are often just as expensive as the vaccinations, but as vaccinations will "knock back" your dogs immune system for a while, you may prefer to do this.
    There is plenty of information about this on the internet.
    • Sparky67
    • By Sparky67 2nd Oct 19, 5:30 AM
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    • 2nd Oct 19, 5:30 AM
    Prescription only medication
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    • 2nd Oct 19, 5:30 AM
    When we moved house I appreciated vets can vary wildly with medication costs. It's worth checking if your pet's medication is available online. It can be cheaper to pay the vet for a prescription to do this rather than just buying from the vet. If you are claiming on pet insurance check with your policy provider as they don't always cover the prescription cost.
    • Jocraigmo
    • By Jocraigmo 2nd Oct 19, 6:40 AM
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    Don't buy prescription products from your vet. You can request a prescription and order medication, flea treatment etc on line which saves big ££££'s.
    • Chodgson
    • By Chodgson 2nd Oct 19, 7:20 AM
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    Vacs4Life from Vets4Pets
    When it came to vaccinating our puppy (now eight years old) we went for the Vets4Pets Vac4Life scheme. Our friend, who's a vet, advised us that there might be a small annual 'window' for getting the boosters done, so you have to be organised. So far we've remembered every year. She also warned us that they might try to 'sell' us other products and services, although we've seen no evidence of this. Our dog is now eight and we paid just £99 for his lifetime vaccines which might otherwise have cost over £300 - and that's just the saving so far. You also get an annual vet check up and a six-monthly check up with a veterinary nurse for your £99 (although it appears that you have to pay for your initial vaccinations separately - I don't remember this but I imagine it's still worthwhile).
    • HalfPint
    • By HalfPint 2nd Oct 19, 8:04 AM
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    Sspca
    Great guide.

    Can you perhaps add some information relevant to Scotland? The main one missed is the SSPCA, but dogs trust and blue cross also run rescue centres in Scotland (not just England and Wales).

    The RSPCA have no rescue centres in Scotland.

    HP x
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    • HalfPint
    • By HalfPint 2nd Oct 19, 8:11 AM
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    Prescriptions
    Lots of non-prescription and prescription meds are cheaper to buy online rather than directly from the vets. With prescription meds, remember to factor in the cost of the actual prescription (my vet charges £15 per script) to make sure youíre still saving money.

    If your dog needs antihistamine (chlorphenramine), itís much cheaper to get the 4mg from your local pharmacy. Just donít tell them itís for your dog! And obviously check with your vet itís suitable first (it goes without saying you shouldnít give any human meds to your pet without checking with your vet first!) It was my vet that advised me to do this.

    HP.
    DEBT FREE DATE: 05/02/2015!


    Those things in life that we find the hardest to do, are the things we are the most thankful we did.
    • ORAC60
    • By ORAC60 2nd Oct 19, 9:46 AM
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    The Romanian dog
    Hello to the Lady who said she could not get insurance for her dog from Romania

    If you take the dog to a vets they may be able to tell you its age
    • Monkey1985
    • By Monkey1985 2nd Oct 19, 9:55 AM
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    Our Vet offers a petplan, so for £12 a month our dog has her annual vaccinations, flea & worm treatment, claw clipping twice a year and we save 10% on any other treatments, or anything in the surgery shop. My calculations suggested we would save over £70 per year, and the convenience is priceless!
    • ORAC60
    • By ORAC60 2nd Oct 19, 9:57 AM
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    Beware
    This is just advice to all who are buying a new pup
    you are told to see the mother or both parents
    this is impossible as they may not be and just borrowed
    and also it could be mother and son
    brother and sister or father and daughter
    don't always believe they have had vaccinations or been wormed without documents of proof

    I found this out when my late wife and I bought a little dog
    I will not say the breed but was told that her legs where twisted so took her to the vets who operated on her and she was fine
    but was told that if he went to Scotland and then to the south coast and took blood from these dogs that were the same breed the DNA would be 90% from the same family

    but don't take my word nor be discouraged buy yourselves a lovely dog and live with it in complete happiness no matter what

    my lady dog is so affectionate with me now
    • Avdav
    • By Avdav 2nd Oct 19, 10:09 AM
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    I felt that our vet had really let us down! One of our boys had raised liver enzymes and the vet told us that he had to have a specific medication to support his liver. She didn't tell us that it was a non prescription drug!
    When the time came to claim back from the insurance company, I was shocked to discover that they had deducted £800+ from the expected cheque. I telephoned them to find out why and was told that the drug we were given by the vet could have been purchased on Amazon!
    I think that the vet should advise the dog owner when it is not strictly a prescription drug as they often charge 2-3 times the price than if bought elsewhere!
    • elsien
    • By elsien 2nd Oct 19, 10:45 AM
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    I felt that our vet had really let us down! One of our boys had raised liver enzymes and the vet told us that he had to have a specific medication to support his liver. She didn't tell us that it was a non prescription drug!
    When the time came to claim back from the insurance company, I was shocked to discover that they had deducted £800+ from the expected cheque. I telephoned them to find out why and was told that the drug we were given by the vet could have been purchased on Amazon!
    I think that the vet should advise the dog owner when it is not strictly a prescription drug as they often charge 2-3 times the price than if bought elsewhere!
    Originally posted by Avdav
    I'd suggest it was the insurer that let you down rather than the vet.

    What did your insurance terms and conditions say about this, and did you challenge it? My insurer has never knocked off money because the medication is cheaper elsewhere, and was the amazon mess for people or dogs? Some are inteRchangeable, others may not be depending on what else is in there other than the active ingredients.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • BBH123
    • By BBH123 2nd Oct 19, 11:02 AM
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    I felt that our vet had really let us down! One of our boys had raised liver enzymes and the vet told us that he had to have a specific medication to support his liver. She didn't tell us that it was a non prescription drug!
    When the time came to claim back from the insurance company, I was shocked to discover that they had deducted £800+ from the expected cheque. I telephoned them to find out why and was told that the drug we were given by the vet could have been purchased on Amazon!
    I think that the vet should advise the dog owner when it is not strictly a prescription drug as they often charge 2-3 times the price than if bought elsewhere!
    Originally posted by Avdav


    I had a similar problem in that I was buying £80 per month tablets and ' special' antiseptic wipes at £40 from my vet and she failed to tell me I could have a subscription and buy them on the internet at a fraction of the cost. When a friend told me I asked why I hadn't been informed of this I was told they had a hospital to pay for and they wait for clients to ' find out' about prescription's.


    Needless to say I have now changed vets.
    • 114894dk
    • By 114894dk 2nd Oct 19, 11:28 AM
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    Don't buy off the internet
    Excellent article, just missing a massive 'don't buy animals off the internet' and to report pages/accounts/groups selling on Facebook etc.
    • BikerChick90
    • By BikerChick90 2nd Oct 19, 11:36 AM
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    Hi Scurrier.
    I get the zipped dog covers from eBay 71 X 96 cm and I replace them after each winter, one a year but at less than £5 I donít mind that! Iíve never had one break. One arrived with a broken zip but the seller replaced it with no arguments.
    My Alsatian is 8 now with bad hips sadly but because both his beds are orthopaedic memory foam and the same depth as any human mattress he gets very comfortable with no trouble! I have hard floors throughout so he canít lie on them without being very stiff on his legs afterwards but he has no issues after a long sleep on his budget homemade dog bed!
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