She charges that much, because she can.
I’ve moaned before about our very pricey veterinarian. We love her because she is excellent with the dogs and she’s the only vet we’ve had who will look at a dachshund and not diagnose “back problems” as the cause of whatever ails them. This is huge: she’s saved the life of our pack members because of her understanding that bad backs are NOT the cause of ALL dachshund ills.
However, she is high maintenance.
One of the things we have to do to keep our relationship with her positive is to give her competitive pricing for drugs and services.
Vector [see LJ icon]’s last prescription from the vet was $201. I was surprised, but with a sick dog, you don’t ask questions.
The refill — to make sure the infection is really gone — would also have been $201. So, I priced the exact same medications at PetCareRX.com. There the cost, including shipping, was $73.96.
Our vet has to okay the prescription — it’s prescription medicine, after all. When she’s contacted to sign off, she lowers her price to match the online price. She makes us FAX her a copy of the online price, so she can verify that we’re giving her the true price.
I do the pricing and FAXing. After all, $127.04 isn’t a bad rate of return for 30 minutes of work. But, ArrGH !!