I believe in patronizing local businesses, and we have a top quality, bright, veterinarian. The Ozdachs pack loves her, and she seems genuinely happy to see the pack.
But, she is aggressive in her pricing. As in “ouch”! I can rationalize paying for her excellent personal service, but she charges very high rates for medicine and for routine lab work which don’t involve her at all. Since a couple of the Ozdachs have chronic low thyroid and take a pill every day, I went to PetCareRx to shop. (I am not an affiliate or related to them, btw.) There I found the same pills at a much lower price. The only catch: they require a vet to sign a prescription before shipping.
The company called the vet for an Rx, and the vet called us. Turns out, she charges a corkage fee for the prescription of $15, but since we found a lower price online, she will match it this time. The Ozdachs are not amused. The vet’s price for 200 pills is $50; the online store price, including shipping is $19.99. That’s a 250% difference on a pure service-less transaction. I don’t mind a reasonable profit, especially when there’s value added. But, 150% profit without service? Come on, doctor! I don’t want to have to price shop every time the dogs need a pill. Grrrr!
We’re playing tug-of-war with the vet over this. But, PetCareRx looks good in general.
Separately, we found a nice source for the pack’s current favorite treat, Greenies. PetVetDirect sells a five pack of 24 petite-size Greenies for $57.25, including shipping. That’s still .48-cents a snack, but it beats the .90-cents we had been paying.