Recently our darling Belle-the-collie-dog was a little off-weather. She “leaked” in two places – once on the wood floor where she likes to sleep, and once on the sofa, where Paul likes to sit! We were concerned enough to schedule a trip to the Vet for her to see if there might be some underlying problem causing this.
Let’s see if I can tell this short tale so it’s coherent.
She went for her visit and Paul took a sample of her pee. She had blood drawn for the inevitable blood-work studies. Once the results came back, Belle’s doctor called to report what they’d found. Anaplasmosis, to be exact. It’s a tick-borne illness. She would need a course of antibiotics for this, and, according to Dr. M, this particular medication, Doxycycline Hyclate, is a rough one to take – makes the patient have an upset tummy and/or diarrhea.
Dr. M. said that if she had these side effects, she would prescribe Belle some pills to settle them down.
Paul went up to our local pharmacy near here to get the prescription for the Doxy. When he got home he had a deer-in-the-headlights look about his face… he said that this was one expensive pee-leak! I was to guess at the price… I guessed $59… Nope. $75? Nope, $150? (please no), Nope. Higher. He gave me the bag with the price on it and I was stunned…
There are two spots for prices on these bags. One is the “YOU PAY” price and the other is the “RETAIL PRICE.”
On this first go-round, the “You Pay” price was $234. and change. I about lost all the marbles remaining in my head! What? TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY FOUR DOLLARS? For a 30 day supply of antibiotics?
What? I shook my head a few times thinking my eyes were playing tricks on me.
I can’t remember the exact other figure under the RETAIL PRICE but it was a little more than the first price… say by about $25.
When I spoke with Dr. M next, I ranted and railed about this price! That was when she told me that if we had gotten the pills at her place (Vet Clinic), it would have cost us $71.
SEVENTY ONE DOLLARS! As opposed to the $234. that we paid at the pharmacy!
I was seeing RED!
To make a long story shorter, we decided that Paul would try to get a refund on them and he would go to the Vet Clinic and get them there. Dr. M. called the Pharmacy and explained how outrageous their price was and she, in the end, convinced them to refund us most of it but we would just keep those pills.
OK. Fine. Paul had to go down and get the stomach upset tablets from Dr. M. anyway later that day.
So when he got back with the original bottle of pills, they were in a newly printed bag, and, now sit down.. this was the label on the new bag:
Can you see the prices? We pay now – $89.90 (as opposed to the $71 the vet would have charged us) BUT the clincher is that the Retail Price jumped from somewhere around $275-give-or-take a few dollars before, to a whopping $553.29!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I realize that is not what we are paying, but why such a huge jump?
I must admit I am still in the dark, but I give up.
Belle is on the antibiotics now and the tummy upset pills and we shall see how she makes out.
When we had given them to her the first time, she threw up her whole breakfast. Here’s hoping all stays put this time!
Bex & Co.
Below: My latest pile of crocheted cat blankets I made to be donated to the Odd Cat Sanctuary for the kitties to sit/sleep on.