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    • philc27
    • By philc27 28th Feb 17, 4:25 PM
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    Does your vet charge you extra fees on top of the prescription charge?
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    • 28th Feb 17, 4:25 PM
    Does your vet charge you extra fees on top of the prescription charge? 28th Feb 17 at 4:25 PM
    Last year I needed Advocate flea protection for my cat. I contacted my vet, who asked for the cat to be brought in. They quickly checked the cat was healthy and gave me a prescription for which I paid 8.50 - this seems pretty standard, so all ok. (The cost of the prescription itself has been covered before on the forum, and is not my question here).

    This year, I did the same again: the vet asked for the cat to be brought in, and quickly checked that the cat was healthy. This time, however, they insisted upon a 22 fee as well as the 8.50 prescription charge!

    My vet said that there had been a change in the law/regulations which means they must check the pet before issuing prescriptions, hence the 22 fee.

    So could I ask other pet owners:
    1. Does your vet insist on inspecting the pet before issuing a prescription?
    2. Does your vet charge you a fee for this (on top of the prescription fee)?
    3. Is anybody aware of a change in the law/regulations that makes this a requirement? I have done an internet search and found none.

    Thanks in advance for any response.
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    • chris n tj
    • By chris n tj 28th Feb 17, 5:13 PM
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    Our doesn't charge anything other than the price of the flea treatment, never has. Hope this helps. You could always phone another Vet and ask what their pricing policy is x
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    • By Katiehound 28th Feb 17, 5:55 PM
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    Some vets insist on seeing the pet before they will issue a repeat prescription- I think probably once a year.

    That has happened for a while because I remember a friend a couple of years ago muttering about it, especially as her cat was a whirling dervish in the cat basket / at the vets and she thought it was touch of torture for all concerned!. That was for flea treatment I think. I don't know if she was charged for an examination.

    My dogs get an annual examination when they go for their booster injections - the price includes the examination.
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    • gettingready
    • By gettingready 28th Feb 17, 7:28 PM
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    • 28th Feb 17, 7:28 PM
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    Zara's current vet does not - last time I needed the prescription I only paid 10.50 and they faxed it straight to Animed for me too, without asking me to bring Zara in. And that was for Apoquel.

    For flea treatment it really is crazy they would insist on seeing a cat/dog and charge consultation. That makes the whole issue of getting things cheaper online (with prescription) pointless
    • Deep In Debt
    • By Deep In Debt 28th Feb 17, 8:39 PM
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    For things like flea treatment as long as my cats have been seen by a vet at the practice once a year and there has been no change to their health within that year, they don't need to see the cat and just issue Advocat without a prescription.
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 28th Feb 17, 9:05 PM
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    • 28th Feb 17, 9:05 PM
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    Vets can only issue a prescription for a dog who is under their care.

    The vet will decide what under their care means in terms of having seen the dog.

    e.g It may having been seen in the last three months or the last six months depending on what the prescription is for.

    So, if your dog had been seen recently for something the vet may not need to see him . But if he hadn't seen the dog for a year he would need to see it and would charge a consultation fee as well as the prescription charge

    Or he may want to see your dog to assess if the requested treatment is appropriate.
    • ElusiveLucy
    • By ElusiveLucy 1st Mar 17, 5:27 PM
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    My vet sees my cats at least once a year for booster injections and I get regular medication for one of them throughout the year for arthritis and skin problems, which I buy from them as insurance covers some of the cost. She also has to go 6-monthly for bloody tests to ensure the arthritis medication isn't damaging her kidneys.


    However when it comes to Advocate I refuse to pay the vets' prices so ask for a prescription to buy it online. They charge 10 for the prescription.
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 1st Mar 17, 6:29 PM
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    My vet issues any prescriptions or drugs as long as he's seen the dog/cat recently

    It's always better to buy a years supply or to get the script when you are in for the yearly boosters
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Shoshannah
    • By Shoshannah 15th Mar 17, 10:34 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 10:34 PM
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    Advocate is a POM-V medicine - prescription-only.

    Vets may only, by law, prescribe POM-V products to animals under their care. 'Under their care' means seeing the animal at regular intervals; practice policy varies but 6-12 months is commonplace for wormers and flea treatments. Anything over 12 months would be frowned upon by the VMD - and yes, they do inspect practices and pull them up on this.

    If your animal was seen within the last 6-12 months (delete as appropriate dependent on your practice's policy), they will probably happily issue the prescription, of course charging the fee.

    If your animal was not seen within the last 6-12 months (delete as appropriate dependent on your practice's policy), they will need to examine your animal.

    They are entitled to charge for this consultation if they wish, though some will not.

    There are no changes in the regulations or laws of which I am aware; maybe they recently had a VMD inspection and got pulled up on it, so have reviewed their protocols in line with regulations.

    If it's a problem for you, you could always use Advantage for flea treatment instead. It's the same active ingredient as Advocate, and is non-prescription. You'd need to worm separately though, as Advantage covers fleas only. Drontal is effective and non-prescription.
    • unholyangel
    • By unholyangel 16th Mar 17, 1:21 AM
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    My vet will insist on seeing the animal unless its an ongoing treatment (for allergies perhaps) - however they don't charge for consultations/examinations.
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    • donnac2558
    • By donnac2558 16th Mar 17, 9:16 AM
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    My girl has asthma(she will be 14 in May), so has to get a steroid every other day been on them for about 6 or 7 years now. I have to bring her once a year for a check up otherwise just phone up for repeat prescription. Some vet insist you must see the vet every 6 months. But since I have been getting the same prescription for so long they let me go a year.

    When I just collect the prescription its just the cost of the tablets.
    • DINGDONG
    • By DINGDONG 12th Mar 18, 8:10 PM
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    Vets cashing in
    My vet has just increased its prescription price from 9 to 18 ! I buy flea treatments for my two cats from online suppliers because it's still cheaper than buying it from my vet! They won't give me a prescription if they haven't seen my cats within a year , so I time requesting prescriptions with when my cats have their annual booster injections. If the vets prices were closer to the online suppliers I would happily buy from them but they are actually double at my vets! What concerns me is that people can't afford the prices & have no choice but to stop buying such items as flea treatments. I am a pensioner & it is expensive to look after my cats. It's no wonder that animals are abandoned because owners cannot afford to look after them properly.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 13th Mar 18, 2:07 AM
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    Our vets work under what they refer to as Cascade rules and when I had a dog on regular heart meds he had to be seen every three months, when a prescription was given (in the days when prescriptions were free.).


    Our current dog needed allergy tablets and was seen less often than 3 months (once a year at MOT time)as the vet was kind enough to prescribe 3 months of the medication at full dose, when in fact we were down to one a week. This covered him, as should there be a flare up a return to daily dosing would be required.


    I notice nowadays that a prescription is over 20 for the first (having rapidly gone up from an original 5), with subsequent ones being about 15, but luckily we gave up on the meds which began to cause sickness, thus making them a waste of time.


    A nearer newer practice was charging only 8.50 (last year anyway),but they are taking no new clients.
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 13th Mar 18, 11:52 AM
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    Vets have to keep a supply of medicines that will still be in date when they sell them. So they cannot buy in bulk as online suppliers do.

    Just like the corner shop cannot bulk buy as a supermarket can so cannot charge the prices a supermarket does.

    Vets also have to train for years to be competent to prescribe the appropriate medicine. taking into consideration the species of animal- some medicines are dangerous for different species or contra indicated for other medicines the animal may be taking.

    Your vet has to maintain a fully equipped surgery with trained staff who need to do regular update training. He has to pay wags, National,Insurance, council tax, electricity, insurance, renew equipment and maintain existing equipment.

    Who do you think pays for all that?

    There is no NHS for animals and a vet is not a charity. It is a business .

    Some vets do have schemes to cover vaccinations and routine flea and worming treatments at a low cost.

    But the cost of keeping an animal for the rest of its life should be considered before taking on a pet.

    I appreciate the expertise that my vet has to deal with my pet's health and realise I have to pay for that., just as I have to pay a plumber or the car mechanic for their expertise.
    • wilsonpa
    • By wilsonpa 20th Apr 18, 10:02 AM
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    Exploitation charges
    My vet charges 33p per tablet for Prednidale 5mg. Cost online is 7p per tablet. What a rip off.
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 20th Apr 18, 7:57 PM
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    Tesco charge 80p for Elmlea

    My corner shop charges 1.30

    Same principle. The vet cannot buy in quantity as the online supplier can so does not get the benefit if bulk discounts.
    The ver is restricted by regulations as to who he can buy from.

    He has to make sure the medicine he stocks remains in date until it is sold. He has a much smaller turnover than an online pharmacy so cannot buy in the same quantity.

    Your vet is a business. not a charity for pet owners.
    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 21st Apr 18, 4:47 PM
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    Tesco charge 80p for Elmlea

    My corner shop charges 1.30

    Same principle. The vet cannot buy in quantity as the online supplier can so does not get the benefit if bulk discounts.
    The ver is restricted by regulations as to who he can buy from.

    He has to make sure the medicine he stocks remains in date until it is sold. He has a much smaller turnover than an online pharmacy so cannot buy in the same quantity.

    Your vet is a business. not a charity for pet owners.
    Originally posted by sheramber
    To add to that, online pharmacy doesn't have to make sure that there's anyone at reception to give advice on the medication including safe handling (for Prednicare - no bare handed handling by pregnant women), which dogs cannot have it (diabetics!!), and appropriate dosing, because that's all been dealt with by the veterinary practice issuing the written prescription and the online pharmacy bears no responsibility to employ anyone to provide that. Things like the time taken for telephone advice from RVNs and MRCVSs and the cost of that also have to be paid for somewhere (never heard of anyone ringing an online pharmacy about side effects!), and the online pharmacy doesn't have to waste money heating and lighting and paying mortgage/rent on reception space...

    As with anything else in the world, there's a myriad of different costs between buying materials online and paying for a service in person. That's why you can get e.g. a free workout online but would be expected to pay if you went to a class where an instructor could give individual help, and choosing your own tyres online and getting them delivered is cheaper than showing up at a mechanics and saying "what does it need?"

    So there's not only the difference between big company vs small company as sheramber said, but also the difference between qualified vs nonqualified and free additional support if needed...
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