A Little Help for Pet Lovers, Updated
Did you know you may be able to buy your pet medications at a local pharmacy at way lower prices than the veterinarian? I did not, but the local supermarket pharmacy (part of the Kroger chain) put out flyers about it, so I asked the vet for a prescription for Scout's pain relievers (that's Scout, above). The vet charges $200 a month for her 50 mg Tramadol. The price at the pharmacy: $16!
Human pharmacies don't have everything pets take. I asked about getting her kidney meds through them, but they don't stock that particular product. Still, just saving $184 every month on identical pain pills is a huge relief.
Also too, there was an interesting bonus -- after taking the pain med business elsewhere, my vet started giving me a discount on the dogs' prescription foods. Maybe there's no connection, but the timing is suspicious ;-)
UPDATE: Forgot to mention that even if your pet takes an animal-only medication, there may be a similar human version your vet could recommend. For years, Scout took Rimadyl for arthritis, which is dog-specific. The doc switched her to Tramadol, which is for humans, too, because it's gentler on the stomach. So that's something you might want to ask about.