Woof-woof, cost of vet care

First, I just need to apologize to one and all for my complete disappearance the past 10 days.  We left shortly after my last posting to fly to Salt Lake City for a quick “hit” of grandbaby time plus a chance to look around for places to live.  All of which has provided much fodder for future postings, but no time to write them!  ;-)

But one thing that came to mind as a classic item for the “things we’ll miss” list is vet care. (Yes, that would be veterinary care, not veteran’s care, although that is an issue, too, just not one we know much about.)

We’d only been here a few days when we heard that Jen’s sister-in-law Megan discovered her springer spaniel had a cut on her leg.  No one knew exactly where the cut had come from, but it clearly needed some medical attention.

Roxy, none the worse for wear

So off to the vet they went.  This vet is reported by Jen and Larry to be a “good vet” — not prone to hyperventilation over a slight injury, not over-doing it on the treatment, or doing things just to jack up the bill. (Not that anyone ever does that, of course.)

Even so, a bit of anesthesia and a few stitches later, Megan and Roxy left the vet’s office with $317 less in their pocket.  (Well, Roxy doesn’t have a pocket and Megan probably paid with a credit card, but you know what I mean.)

This is one HUGE thing we will miss about Costa Rica — vet care, like all medical care, is comparatively very reasonably priced.  With up to 4 dogs and 2 cats at a time, we’re no strangers to the vet’s office.  But even our injuries — with similar anesthesia, stitches, excising of small tumors or other foreign objects and so on — tend to run under $100, often well under that.

Now, buying Frontline and things like that costs as much or more, and there aren’t any options like 1-800-PetMeds (or whatever), but the actual care that involves a veterinarian is inexpensive and good quality.

That is absolutely something we’ll miss.  In the meantime, we’re glad that Roxy is none the worse for wear, even if her mama’s pocketbook is, and we’re hoping our critters stay healthy once we get here.

And for those who are wondering why I haven’t posted more in the past 10 days, they say a picture’s worth 1000 words….

Grandma and the Purple Girl

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5 Responses to Woof-woof, cost of vet care

  1. Martha B. Higgins says:


  2. Deanna Allen says:

    Sounds like we have a great Vet, as she is less expensive. We tend not to buy North American brands if we can do so ( i.e. Frontline) but use ones made here or in other countries. Nice part is that like Rx type medicines for people and animals can be bought over the counter.

    Enjoying the blog ^.^ That grand baby is BEAUTIFUL!!

    • arden says:

      Hi, Deanna,

      Yep — in almost ALL things here, NOT buying North American brands is the secret to anything other than very expensive living. We do love the “over the counter” aspect of things here. There are trade-offs, of course, like not having Medicare access. ;-) We’re obviously not un-biased, but I DO think the grandbaby is particularly cute and such a happy, smiley one. So fun, can’t wait to be there with her.

  3. Karen Wright says:

    Re: Vet meds, we do dog rescue and fostering and also have a dog of our own. We buy all ours (and our personal meds, whenever possible) in Canada. I get heartworm stuff from New Zealand for one-half of the cost here and that includes postage, believe it or not. info@canadavet.com. People meds you can get at “BBRX Customer Service” , and you’ll find they half to two-thirds cheaper for brand names. Good blog, Arden. Did you get the books? Love, Karen and Rinn and Dog

    • arden says:

      Hi, Karen (and Rinn and Dog, of course!)

      Good info about the meds. We will definitely check ‘em out — both the dog stuff and the people stuff. We got the Krakauer book (thank you!), but you said books, plural — were there others?

      Hugs to all.

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