We've used the same vets for over 20 years and I guess I've been spoiled. An office visit is $35 and if we go back for something related they don't charge for the visit. Usually if medicine is needed it is less than $10 and we get it there. Once when some medicine was $30 the vet went on and on saying he was sorry it was so expensive but he felt it was really needed. When Tess was in the hospital for 3 days when she became paralyzed the treatment and hospital stay came to less than $200. I had read that acupuncture could sometimes help paralyzed dogs and since my vet doesn't offer this we'd been taking Tess to a vet in another town for these treatments. This vet wanted to do a urine culture since paralyzed dogs are prone to urinary infections because they can't clear their bladder on their own. Tess did have some kind of urinary infection I think it started with a g but can't remember what it was called. My vet had missed this when Tess had a urinary test a few weeks ago, so I guess the acupuncture vet IS really good. Anyway the acupuncture vet wrote a prescription to a drugstore for the meds. I'd never heard of such a thing but took it in. When I went to pick up the medicine at the drugstore the bill was $179.00. I almost fainted. I want Tess to get well, but can't help but believe there is something she could take that would have been cheaper and still do the job. The medicine is amoxcillin clavulanate potassium. The drug store had already mixed one bottle, so I had to take it. She is to take it for 21 days, so they sold me three bottles--one mixed up and two that are still powder. One bottle would be enough, but I'm supposed to throw the mixed up bottle away after 10 days and bring the second powdered bottle back to the drug store to be mixed then, and then in 10 days bring the third. The lady at the drugstore told me they would refund my money if I brought back the powder unopened. I find this hard to believe since I didn't think anybody took drugs back, but after realizing that the third bottle is for One Day's dose I'll surely try to return it. I can't believe something is good on day 10, but on day 11 becomes no good and almost $60 for one day's dose is unreal. Sorry to be so long, but this is one of the craziest things I've ever heard of, and I guess I need to let the acupuncture vet know I'm not a millionaire.