Living with 21 cats, housewife Cheung Ling ends up going to the vet more often than many pet owners. The bills add up to a substantial sum but Cheung is prepared for the expense of caring for her beloved felines. What infuriates her, however, is the large discrepancy in fees charged by veterinary clinics.
An overnight stay at a clinic can cost between HK$200 and HK$800. Charges for diagnostic tests, medicines, surgical procedures and miscellaneous services also vary considerably, Cheung says.
Bills for saline packs, to keep ageing cats hydrated as their failing kidneys lose the ability to filter and reabsorb fluids, can range from HK$100 to HK$300 each, and the tube connectors from HK$25 to HK$60.
“That’s why I buy from a pet dispensary in Sham Shui Po now – the price of its products can be up to 10 times lower than in clinics,” Cheung says.
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