In most cases, your vet will charge more
for sub-q supplies and prescription foods than other sources. If you can
save money on the basics, you will have money available to pay your vet
for regular check ups.
The cheapest place for fluids is usually a local pharmacy, but you have
to know where to go and what exactly to ask for.
Alternatively, there are good, reliable and cost effective online
suppliers, both for fluid supplies and food.
Medical Martcan provide lactated ringers but don't
give prices. In November 2011 they were charging CAN$7
for a 1000ml bag of LRS, or CAN$49.95 for 12,
with no prescription required.
Shipping is extra. I have been advised that it is easier to
deal with Medical Mart if you phone them.
Pacific Health Care sells
1000ml bags of LRS for CAN$5.95. You need to log in before
you can access the website and view their catalogue, but if
you want to check it out, either call or e-mail them
(contact details are on their site) and they will send you a
temporary login and password. They have advised me that
shipping costs to those outside BC may mean it would be
cheaper for such people to try to find a more local
supplier, but they do ship all across Canada if required.
Canada Drugs also advertise as if they only
supply to US customers but they will supply to Canadian
customers as well, albeit only if you live outside the
province where they are located
(Manitoba). Again, the prices quoted on the site are in US
The Stevens Company
was recommended by somebody who has not used them
herself but they were recommended to her by a friend who had used
them. They also do not post prices on the site.
Stat Health Care is a wholesale distributor in
Calgary which sells one litre bags of lactated ringers for
CAN$3.50 per bag, with a flat fee shipping charge of
CAN$6-10. This company only sells within Alberta. The phone
number is 403-297-0700.
One person found the cheapest
place to obtain LRS fluids in Canada was from her local
hospital's pharmacy - items not in stock can usually be
ordered overnight and will be available for collection the
Pacific Health Care
sells needles at CAN$8.95 for 100.
You need to log in before you can access the website and
view their catalogue, but if you want to check it out,
either call or e-mail them (contact details are on their
site) and they will send you a temporary login and password.
I'm afraid I haven't heard of any cheap food suppliers based
in Canada as yet. If you know of any, please
In the meantime,
you could ask about buying in bulk from your vet. Our cat, Harpsie, needed
a prescription food which cost US$2 per 5.5 oz can. However, when we
bought a case, the price fell to US$1.40 a can.
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