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        10-25-2011, 02:13 PM
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    mls
    Trained
    What to charge for eye meds?

    Unfortunately new boarder came in with a horse with eye issues. Lepto titer is being run. In the mean times - horse needs 2 ointments 3-4x per day. Oral banamine 1x per day.

    Horse is a MAJOR PITA about anything to do with his nose. I managed to get eye meds in by myself this morning (I am a former vet tech) but he freaked about the banamine so I left it. My husband can help me in the evening.

    But - what do we charge? I don't want to charge an arm and a leg but I can't do it for free. I did tell her she will have to bump to stall board so I don't have to track him down in the dark at 5 a.m.
         
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        10-25-2011, 02:56 PM
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    Weanling
    I'd probably charge $10-15 bucks a day for it. We charge $5 per banamine/shot/worming/etc, then I would charge a per-dose rate on the eye ointment.

    Figure out how much of your time its taking to dose the PITA and bill for it accordingly - you worked as a vet tech, bill your hourly pay rate accordingly. If this is going to be long term, you may want to charge a flat fee for treatments per week/month.

    If nothing else, it may inspire the boarder to attempt to tackle some of their own medicating.
         
        10-25-2011, 05:16 PM
      #3
    mls
    Trained
    She is going to try and do the afternoon meds. But - she's rather a nervous nellie and the horse has her number.

    I was thinking the $5 per dose but that seems like an awful lot. Yet $1 just doesn't seem to cover it.

    Banamine is short term. Lepto titer will tell how long the eye meds go.
         
        10-26-2011, 03:34 AM
      #4
    Yearling
    You mean you don't do it out of the goodness of your heart? ;o) (I'm soo joking..)
    Lol.

    Eye ointments are a PITA in general. To administer the oral banamine(that they bought) I charge $1. I'd probably charge $1 for each ointment, each time. So if I had to give 3 ointments 3 times a day plus bute/banamine paste it would be $10 a day.
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        10-26-2011, 10:38 AM
      #5
    Showing
    What about $15/day for both, $10 when only one will be required?
         
        10-26-2011, 11:12 AM
      #6
    Green Broke
    I agree, you're still providing a service to people.
    I pay 1 a day for my horse to be put in the walker for an hour, 1 for a rug change etc.
    I don't know how much it is in euros, but $10/15 seems an awful lot to me!
         
        10-26-2011, 12:21 PM
      #7
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
    I don't know how much it is in euros, but $10/15 seems an awful lot to me!
    When it's 3 times/day with the horse who is not an easy handler I wouldn't call it too much. :) Probably with easy puff I'd suggest $5-7, not with handful horse though.
         
        10-26-2011, 12:57 PM
      #8
    mls
    Trained
    Thanks for the opinions. Vet is coming out this afternoon for a recheck. Hopefully the test results are back for the lepto. Those results will sway how we arrange his care.

    I sure hope it doesn't have it.
         
        10-27-2011, 01:10 AM
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    Banned
    I think $5 each time would be reasonable. I'd hope that she would get out there once a day to help you out so you are not doing it every time.
         
        10-27-2011, 01:22 AM
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mls    
    Unfortunately new boarder came in with a horse with eye issues. Lepto titer is being run. In the mean times - horse needs 2 ointments 3-4x per day. Oral banamine 1x per day.

    Horse is a MAJOR PITA about anything to do with his nose. I managed to get eye meds in by myself this morning (I am a former vet tech) but he freaked about the banamine so I left it. My husband can help me in the evening.

    But - what do we charge? I don't want to charge an arm and a leg but I can't do it for free. I did tell her she will have to bump to stall board so I don't have to track him down in the dark at 5 a.m.
    Well since you are spoofing I would go along with Starlinestables advice.
         

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