There are a number of services and products recommended and provided by veterinary clinics that can be found elsewhere at lower costs.
Nail trims. The most common add-on to a bill for any Veterinary visit is the “nail trim”. Many clinics add this on top of vaccine appointments in order to advertise a lower price for the vaccinations – while the competition may already include this as part of the visit cost already. Pet groomers are far less expensive for this service, as are pet walkers on pet sitters that may already be coming to your home to care for your pets.
Microchips. When you acquire a new animal, having them micro-chipped is a good way of having a permanent means of identification on them. Collars and tags get lost or removed but the microchip remains and the identification can be accessed by any veterinary clinic, humane society or animal control officer. Veterinary clinics promote this service quite heavily at the time of your pets’ spay or neuter surgery. The benefit to your pet is that they are under sedation when it is given. However, newer microchips are getting smaller and less uncomfortable to animals that are awake when given. Your local humane society most likely offers microchip clinics throughout the year where you can get a chip implanted for around half the price that your veterinarian will charge.
Nutritional Supplements. There are many supplements that are beneficial to your pet for everything from poor skin and fur coat to muscle and joint strengthening that can be gotten cheaper at your local pharmacy or big box retailer. The main difference with the products supplied by your veterinarian is the flavours added to make them more palatable for your pet. Omega oils and Glucosamine are two common items your pet may need and your veterinary staff can recommend a suitable type and strength that you can pick up elsewhere.
Over-the-counter Pharmaceuticals. There are several internal and external parasite control products available through pet stores and other retailers that may be suitable for your pet. In addition, products for ear, skin and fur cleaning, mild sedatives for travelling, aids for mild digestive issues and such are also available Before using some of these products it would be wise to show the ingredient list to your veterinary staff in case they contain something that might be harmful to your specific pet.