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Old 08-08-2016, 03:00 PM
 
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My dog, a Weimaraner, age 13 is a diabetic. Been paying for years $300 a month for his Vetsulin. This doesn't include his Pancreatic Enzymes and regular visits. Recently became a widow and down to one income and it is too expensive for me. Vet refuses to authorize RX on a reputable online Pet med site for my dog's insulin, which would save me $120 a month. Spent thousands over the years at his clinic and he knows my situation and it burns me that he won't authorize. Suggestions?
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Old 08-08-2016, 03:44 PM
 
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Absolutely go through the hassle of finding a new vet, sign a release with them so they can get your dogs past history. And change vets.
Call around, and tell them what you just told us. Keep calling until you get someone who cares.... They ARE still out there.

I am disgusted for you in regards to your old vet, and I absolutely would not use him for anything ever again.
He has been charging you at least double all these years, and now he won't give an inch... He won't give up that income for a 13 year old dog? It is shameful.

So sad to hear that there are people out there like this.
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Old 08-08-2016, 04:34 PM
 
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WalMart used to sell generic insulin without rx and cheap. Don't know if they still do.
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Old 08-08-2016, 05:50 PM
 
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My dog, a Weimaraner, age 13 is a diabetic. Been paying for years $300 a month for his Vetsulin. This doesn't include his Pancreatic Enzymes and regular visits. Recently became a widow and down to one income and it is too expensive for me. Vet refuses to authorize RX on a reputable online Pet med site for my dog's insulin, which would save me $120 a month. Spent thousands over the years at his clinic and he knows my situation and it burns me that he won't authorize. Suggestions?
Yeah. Find a new vet. What a jerk.
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:01 PM
 
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Our (late) dog was diabetic for the last two years of his life.
We bought his insulin and syringes at Walmart. He was a very big dog, and took a huge dosage, but even then it only cost us about $65/month.
The vet gave us a prescription for it, but after the first year, we found out that you don't even need a prescription to buy insulin or syringes.
The last time we bought them was about 3 years ago though, so I don't know if anything has changed.

(ps It's his birthday today, and he would have been 14. Love you and miss you, my Poo.)
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:02 PM
 
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ps I'd check with Walmart about it, and then change vets if you need to.
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Old 08-08-2016, 09:20 PM
 
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Concur with other opinions to change vets. Unless there is more to this story - what you have told us here is sufficient reason to change vets, and to accuse your vet of being greedy.

Good luck!
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Old 08-08-2016, 10:16 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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WalMart used to sell generic insulin without rx and cheap. Don't know if they still do.
YEP! $28 a bottle 1 bottle lasts 6 WEEKS. Depending on dosage......Sad thing it they try to tell you it only last 28 DAYS But read the insert carefully IF kept in a Cold place out of the sunlight. Syringes come 10 in a pack for $1
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Old 08-09-2016, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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YEP! $28 a bottle 1 bottle lasts 6 WEEKS. Depending on dosage......Sad thing it they try to tell you it only last 28 DAYS But read the insert carefully IF kept in a Cold place out of the sunlight. Syringes come 10 in a pack for $1
It does depend on the dose.

One 10 cc vial of OTC Novolin N 100 from Walmart contains 1000 units. Divide 1000 by the total daily number of units your dog needs and you will know how many days a vial will last.

My diabetic dog (RIP, sweet Godiva ) used 16 units a day, so a vial lasted almost two months.
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Old 08-09-2016, 10:45 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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No Does NOT depend on Dose. ANY left in the bottle is to be Tossed & Start New Bottle at the end of 6 weeks per Manufacturer insert.
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