In most cases, your vet will charge more
for sub-Q supplies and therapeutic kidney diets than other sources. If you can
save money on the basics, you will have money available to pay your vet
for regular check ups.
The cheapest place for fluids is usually a local pharmacy, but you have
to know where to go and what exactly to ask for.
Alternatively, there are good, reliable and cost effective online
suppliers, both for fluid supplies and food.
In Canada, you don't need a prescription to buy fluids.
Subcutaneous Fluids Supplies
One person found the cheapest
place to obtain LRS fluids in Canada was from her local
hospital's pharmacy - items not in stock can usually be
ordered overnight and will be available for collection the
next day. You can also contact medical supply stores in your
Another person used
Ontario Vet College in Guelph, ON, paying CAN$4.81 for
1000ml LRS, CAN$7.25 for the administration set and CAN$18 for 200 20 gauge
Here are some companies which have been used with success by
members of Tanya's CKD Support Group.
Branches throughout Canada. You have to create an online
account to see prices. Many people find it easier to call
their nearest branch and pay over the phone. They will
deliver locally, delivery is around 2-4 days.
Prices seem to vary somewhat from branch to branch, but for
Price in CAN$
1000ml lactated ringers solution
2.20 - 3.50
Needles size 18 or 21
5.00 - 7.45
IV administration sets (15 drops/ml)
2.40 - 3.00
Shipping is usually free over CAN$100, otherwise it is
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through CKD with three cats. This website is for educational purposes
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