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Old 09-27-2011, 06:02 PM   #1
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Default Price diff vet/on line vendors

Today, the new vet I went to advised phycox in place of cosequin DS and so I went ahead & purchased the 120ct pyycox soft chews he recommended. I later checked the price on line and found a huge discrepancy in price; vet $78. entirely pets $42. and another online $46. I called the vet and confirmed a mistake in pricing had not been made on their end and was assured their markup was not that much.
The only diff I can see is the Vet's container has a ANSA quality assurance seal and the online vendor's has a NAASM seal.
Wondering if anyone can explain why such a difference in price and/or any information regarding the NAASM seal. I buy quite a few things online (mostly at entirely pets) and have not noticed a problem but of course really had nothing to compare to.
So, can anyone tell me what's up?

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Old 09-27-2011, 06:27 PM   #2
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Wow. First off, welcome to the forum! I wish I could give you an answer, but I can't. Maybe another forum member has some info for you. What is your pups name, and do you have any pictures?

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Old 09-27-2011, 06:37 PM   #3
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Hi, thanks for the reply. The above is in regards to my 15 yr old golden retriever, Sam. She is a real sweetheart but her hind end is giving out more and more and often she cannot get without help Doc also prescribed rimadyl but I'm hoping to keep dosage low. Such a discrepancy in price, if I do not find a valid reason for the difference I doubt I will go to that vet again. I realize a profit needs to be made but in my book that is price gouging!

Oops, I'll also mention I have an 8 yr. old wheaten terrier, O'Malley.

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All I can say is, I would not give up a good vet because his/her price for meds were higher. You have to remember that a vet does not have what the internet dealers have, and that is thousands of users. Of course their pirce is going to be higher. Even pet stores can not beat internet prices. For me, if I need a spot on for fleas, or Heartguard, I purchase from the internet, because it is less expensive. If my dogs are in need of an antibotic, I of course get it from the vet because it is an immediate issue. So, I am just saying that I would never give up a vet because of pricing issues.

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I'm not seeing any great difference either... though there is a status update on the ANSA seal to "registered" as of August 2011. My dog is also on supplements resulting from hip and leg issues, however, her vets have her on Dasuquin. Have you tried pricing it through other vets in your area to see if they are charging the same?

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DeeLind7 & JGLI, Thanks for the replies. I will call some other vets. Also, last night while listening to all the little "voices" in my head, I recalled the vet saying the jar could be refilled. I took it to mean purchase a new jar but perhaps he actually meant I could bring it in to be refilled. That would put it more in line with others. He also mentioned a prescription that may help Sam's cornea edema that I declined but have since decided to give it a try. So, that will give me a chance to inquire about the Phycox. Will have to wait until Friday though. Thanks again for the input.

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I wish more Vets would use generic drugs but they don't seem too interested.

I use Novox, the generic of Rimadyl which is a little less expensive.

Also buy from KV-vet or Vet Depot

Here's the first I pulled up:
Save With Generic Pet Medications - Rimadyl vs. Novox

Along with Novox he gets Tramadol 2x2/day. Seems to keep him up and going. But Shepherds are quite stoic anyhow.

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Well,to update; Really could not find any difference. The vet stated he would meet the online price + postage. Not sure if I will purchase online or vet. Thanks for the mention of the generic of Rimadyl, I'll ask the vet to prescribe it unless valid reason not to.
Sam is doing well on the phycox and Rimadyl (100mg/day). In a couple of weeks I am going to try to reduce the rimadyl.

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Wow, I am impressed that your vet agreed to meet the price (though not that he was charging so much to begin with...) but even happier to hear that Sam is doing well :-)
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