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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
I know a few other vets offer this service in the UK but i was just wondering if yours are the same in your country?!.

My surgery asks to see all animals that you take on to give them a good examination before their even due any shots which is free of charge.

They then register them on their computers and when you leave they always give you a carrier bag filled with samples of food, vouchers for things like free dental treats, a discount voucher if you get them spayed/neutered etc.... along with lots of booklets on caring for your pet.

After Rosie and Sophie were spayed they had 2 post spay checkups which were already included in the spay which was approx £45 ($90).

I received a letter last week offering Sophie a 6 month post spay checkup with them, again free of charge to check Sophies weight and just give her a examination to make sure everything is ok and if theres any questions i have to ask?!.

I like my vets surgery anyway but i thought this was quite good!, don't know if Sophie's thoughts are the same though because i've booked her in for it on the 8th of March
post #2 of 28
at my old vet we were (eventually) given a carrier bag full of information, treats, a pingpong ball etc.

i'm not too sure what they do at my new vets, going again maybe monday so will have to find out. i want freebies!
post #3 of 28
Nope, we don't get a whole bunch of extras like that here, not that I am aware of.
post #4 of 28
Not here in So California that I know of.
post #5 of 28
Nope. Not here in the US. Never met a vet who would do any of that.
post #6 of 28
Don't we all wish! Heck I would have settled for that price for the spay. Ophelia's was almost $300!
post #7 of 28
Nope... not here. Bummer.
post #8 of 28
Thread Starter 
Really Heidi!!!!!. Sophies should have been £50 but i had a £5 voucher that they gave me in her kitten pack.

Get all your vets told what mine does!
post #9 of 28
Our vets give out food samples - of the brands the office sells, of course. Once in a while they have free plastic lids for cat food cans, bowls, or spoons, but I'm sure they're from the suppliers.
post #10 of 28
Not here, Susan, but it sure sounds like a great idea! I'm so happy Rosie and Sophie are receiving such wonderful care from their Vet!
post #11 of 28
My vet in Ontario didn't give out giftie packages, but now and then, if we were trying a medication and she had received samples she would give me the samples to use. As well, any follow up visits that she requested after treatments - whether surgery or dental work or hospitalization - were included in the original treatment fee and there was never an additional fee for rechecks. I do know that my vet also reduced some of the costs she could control (i.e. her surgery labour, stuff like that) to help me out with expenses. They also gave me a 15% multi-pet discount for general costs such as annual check ups and vaccinations. Finally, when I was bottle raising the three orphans and they were having difficulty going to the bathroom, she authorized one of the vet techs to give them enemas as required, without charge, and provided me with both the training and the equipment to do it at home as well without charge.

Kathryn
post #12 of 28
at work I make up little 'new pet' packages with things like food samples, health record booklets, pamphlets on nutrition, vaccines, etc..... All the free stuff I can get from our suppliers. We offer free rechecks after routine surgeries such as spays, etc. We offer multi pet discounts, discounts on boarding if more than 14 days, etc.
Most people seem to really aApreciate the little 'extras' we offer.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by valanhb
Don't we all wish! Heck I would have settled for that price for the spay. Ophelia's was almost $300!
To be fair, that did include all the tests and such they run to make sure the anethesia is OK, I think maybe a couple other tests (not the basic ones, like for FIV, etc. We had that done at an earlier appt.). She was also in heat (which we didn't know when we brought her in) so that added $40. Still, though...the basic spay surgery was something like $140, which didn't include the tests and pain meds. Trent's was $90 for a neuter. And then we all wonder why people don't get their pets spayed and neutered...it is downright expensive, and I either don't live in the right place or make too much money to qualify for the low cost programs we have in the area.
post #14 of 28
My vet will give samples of some products they sell. I know they make the packages themselves because they are usually in ziploc baggies. They've given me all kinds of little stuff over the years I've been going to them. I like getting the free stuff but even if I didn't I would continue to go there. The entire staff is so friendly and helpful. I tend to over react when Princess shows any sign of illness and they don't act like I'm wasting their time by calling or bringing her in like her previous vet did. This vet even gave me her home phone number when Princess was really sick over the weekend once. On top of that she even called 2-3 times on her days off just to check on her. The price is a little bit higher than some vets but it is well worth it.
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by halfpint
Not here in So California that I know of.
I dont think so either. I want freebies too!
post #16 of 28
It you're a new client then they sometimes give you food and treat samples and stuff like that. Not every vet does it though
post #17 of 28
Not here in central CA that I am aware of either. (Though I did receive a free bag of kitten food when Lil' Jag had her first series of vaccinations.)
post #18 of 28
Never gotten anything like that from my vet, except a big bill.
post #19 of 28
Mine will pass along any free samples, and once gave me a big box of new dog squeaky toys to pass on to the Humane Society.

Mine will also do a number of services for free or at cost when things are overwhelming for me. I used to bring in my CRF cat ever other day to help with the subq's when I wasn't getting it right at home with no charge. When I had to have 20+ cats tested for FeLV, they did virtually all of them for the cost of the test kit. Then there are the neuters for $35 (used to be $25 but he finally raised his rates) and spays for $50. When 2 of my dogs were terminally ill, he came out to the house to euthanize them and never did charge me for those visits. He actually appologized to me when he couldn't make it out to the house when our Ellie Mae had her final stroke - he had 2 emergencies at his clinic that day and couldn't leave but still felt bad that he couldn't help me at home (we carried her to the clinic).
post #20 of 28
I was actually excited to see what goodies Imogen's vet visit would bring--it was my first vet visit here in England and Rosie's comments had my expectations up. We went home with a big bill--and nothing else. Drat! No food samples, no literature, nothing! Paid £75 for an antibiotic shot--though it was on a Sunday.
post #21 of 28
imogen go to www.google.co.uk and type in 'freebies' the most popular sites such as uk freebies, student freebies etc have pet section where you can get free pet food and cat care advice. sometimes even toys and stuff.
post #22 of 28
At the clinic I work at we give new kitties packs with food, treats, lids, info and anything else we get from our suppliers. We also have sympathy packs that we give to you when we euthanize animals, they have poems in them, a rose, and a kitty angel pin.
In an ideal situation you always want to do a full blood panel before surgery, most people can't afford that so a lot of vets bypass it. We only do blood panels before a surgery if the cat is older. We also always offer free rechecks to check the incision and see how the cat is doing.
post #23 of 28
I've never had a pet fixed by my vet. Our last one was done at an animal charity, and my current three were fixed by my shelter. I do know that my vet reduces prices for me all the time, and has "forgotten" about x-rays and bloodwork that turned up nothing in the end. I've also lost two cats while going to this vet, and each time they've send cards - from the vet and from the staff separately. They've also sent flowers, and have made donations to the Morris Animal Foundation in the names of the cats we lost. We lost our first cat the first time we came there, and the second was a foster that I had only had two days. If they do this much for new patients and new clients who are grieving, I'm sure they do as much for new parents as well.

At our shelter, the cost of adoption is 90 dollars. That includes current shots and getting spayed/neutered. If the cat gets sick within two weeks, the shelter will treat the cat. (But they have to bring the cat in to our vets.) We also send home a care package with two manuals, a 4 pound bag of Science Diet (which is what we feed at the shelter), a small bag od toys, and coupons.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by RugbyKid
At the clinic I work at we give new kitties packs with food, treats, lids, info and anything else we get from our suppliers. We also have sympathy packs that we give to you when we euthanize animals, they have poems in them, a rose, and a kitty angel pin.
In an ideal situation you always want to do a full blood panel before surgery, most people can't afford that so a lot of vets bypass it. We only do blood panels before a surgery if the cat is older. We also always offer free rechecks to check the incision and see how the cat is doing.

Yes, this is similar to what we have here, although verts are as different as crayons in a box. Sasha and now Saba's vet is from Novia Scotia originally, maybe that's the difference, but the clinic will send home one or two discount coupons, some samples, and when Freddie was dying she never charged us a dime for the last bit of Baytril, which is expensive, to ease his discomfort. They also send sympathy cards and re-checks after surgery or a major procedure are free; so is "thinking cap consultation".....when you have to make a hard and dreaded decision, that's what Dr. B calls it. When we moved out of Seattle two years ago, we decided that the clinic was one thing we weren't willing to leave behind. We'd miss the hundreds of polaroid photos of all the kitties on the wall! So to get there is 1 hour and I don't care.
-E.
post #25 of 28
All my vet gives out is a new kitten package when you bring a new cat in. Kitten food, and flea treatment and some coupons and stuff along with a Health Tracker thing that shows what vacinations they need and when they need them.
post #26 of 28
Mine gives freebies from time to time... like hairball stuff he did a worming free when I didnt think she had gotten the liquid I gave..
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
imogen go to www.google.co.uk and type in 'freebies' the most popular sites such as uk freebies, student freebies etc have pet section where you can get free pet food and cat care advice. sometimes even toys and stuff.
Brill! Will do...
post #28 of 28
We got "new kitten packs" with some "how to care for ...." leaflets, a bowl, a toy and some samples & coupons for food, but the whole thing was very advertising orientated. Whiskas, if I remember rightly. It was a bit like the new baby pack I got in hospital when I had my children with formula milk samples etc!

There weren't any vouchers for veterinary services, unfortunately.
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