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    Ralph was back at the vets for a check up today. He is going well and is stable with his cancer. What I can't believe is the cost of medication. Today's lot was:-
    $93.21 for 20 x Previcox 227mg (anti-imflammatory)
    $118.41 for 60 x Cephaforte Tablets 600mg (antibiotics)
    This is only enough tablets for 30 days!
    These medications are for QOL so no pesky infections start in his lungs from the tracheostomy and the anti-imflammatories help relieve any headaches and extra nasal problems from the tumour!
    I never hesitate paying for his medications, but am just amazed at how expensive they are!

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    yikes, only 30days...I hope they help make him comfortable.

    Does anyone know if pet insurance cover medications?

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    yes...it is absolute BULLSH!T what they are allowed to charge IMO!

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    Its like most things to do with animals these days, it is so expensive for the smallest of things. Just glad that the vet is only charging for progress visits between $20 - $36 each visit instead of around $69.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebec View Post
    yikes, only 30days...I hope they help make him comfortable.

    Does anyone know if pet insurance cover medications?
    I researched Australian pet insurance last year with guidance from others on here, and they really ranged, not only in their monthly fee but what is covered as well. Some insurance covered a fair proportion of medications and such when included with a consult, others didn't.

    TBH I got a headache from going through it all. Lol.

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    ohh it's highway robbery the amount some Vet's charge for medications, consultancy etc.

    I'm glad that Floyd's Vet is not an over charging "greedy sod" who's after a new yacht

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    When I was put on my espilesy tablets. A packet of 100 tablets would cost me $100 that would last 15 days.

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    Its so rude the prices they charge considering they only have to pay a few dollars, if that, for most of the things they sell to you and thats for a BULK order!! Like the Vaccinations they charge $40 upward for only cost them about 10 cents per dosage!!

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    Vets, we need them and they know it and they charge like wounded bulls because of it, the mark up on drugs is anywhere from 100% to 500% and in some cases more.
    One of the worst rip offs I went through a couple of years ago was when I took the dog to the Vet for diarrhoea . The Vet gave me a small bottle of peptosil and charged $28 ,so I questioned the price as I knew the pet shops sold the stuff for around $10. The Vet nurse said no there was no mistake $28 was right .

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    It pays to shop around, a tube of Metacam 100ml was going to cost me $132 the generic, Meloxicam, was $94, 20 Tramadol was $26, this was at a very large vet clenic in Shepparton.
    When I was running out of both, I tried one of our local vets, & after a call to the Shep Clenic to get permission to sell both meds to me, they were able to supply me with the Meloxicam, cost $64, and 100 Tramadol for $24. One hell of a difference.

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