Posted : 2/24/2008 6:33:36 PM
As a sometimes-financially strapped student like yourself ;) I totally understand the need to have a good savings bundle "in case" something were to go wrong with the dog. I take my dog to the regular vet because around here prices aren't bad (40$ yearly physical, 10-15$ per vaccine and she only gets core ones, $40 per yearly HW test).
I got my cat (when she was a kitten) spayed and her final vax set done at a low cost shelter, and they did a superb job! Don't be put off by the fact that it may be a little crowded, a little smellier, a little louder than a normal vet's office - the people who work there are SO dedicated. The rescue group I work with gets all of their dogs and cats fixed and vaxed there, and we have never had a problem.
I do agree with minimom, though, that vaccines are something to be careful with. I want that vaccination to be administered by a Vet that I have a relationship with and who knows my dogs' health histories. Yes, agreed. A low-cost shelter would probably do a cheap physical for you in addition to vaccines. I have never heard of LuvMyPets?? If it is anything like 1800PetMeds, run far, far away....the legal and ethical problems they have had over the years are just staggering
Frankly, I just feel that $200 for shots is outrageous and I cannot help but think the vets are building in a nice profit for themselves
200$ for shots (alone? you sure that doesnt include physical and bloodwork? what was the price breakdown, if I may ask?) IS a lot more than usual. But....you have to remember that the reason pet care seems to expensive is because pets don't have insurance ;) You'd be amazed at how much your own yearly physical/bloodwork/wht have you really costs when you look beyond the co-pay.
And yes, vets have to make profit. Because if the clinic doesn't profit, we can't provide a proper standard of care - i.e. having updated X-ray and anesthetic machines, having enough money to be able to hire enough licensed Techs and kennel keepers and associate vets, having all proper surgical equipment, having the right stock of medicines, etc Sorry ;) just a little rant....