I took my dog to the vet yesterday - he has a couple of nasty looking, weepy sores on his head. They were diagnosed as "hot sores" and I was given a small tube of antibiotic cream and 45 antibiotic tablets for him. I received great service and gentle and considerate treatment for my dog.
I was surprised at the cost however and when I got home, I looked up both products on the internet. The cream which cost me $25, I could get for around $12 on the internet and the pills which cost me over $80 for 45, I found priced at $10.70 for 56 of them. Now, every business needs to make a profit, but I think that if I can buy these products for these price, a vet should be able to do better. I felt decidedly "ripped off" and left feeling also that some of these people are really taking advantage of the love we have for our pets.
As a pensioner, it seems to me that I am coming to the point where I cannot afford the quality of medical treatment my little buddy deserves or even worse, I just cant afford a pet.