My doggie died last Sept. 2012., She died of old age, had kidney failure, etc. I decided I wanted to adopt a Pug mix from a Animal Shelter. But.... I saw a really sad doggie that is 7yrs.old and part Chihuahua, beagle. She is a sweet doggie. I have only had her for two weeks. She is already trained to follow simple commands. Since I am a senior I only had to give a small donation for the doggie. I was also given two free complimentary visits to a vet near my condo. I had noticed my new doggie named Snoopy had a dry hacking cough. It would only happen once in awhile. The first visit the Vet said my doggie was okay. The Animal shelter had already given my doggie all her vacinations, a chip, dog tags, and was spayed. This Saturday night I noticed my doggie was really coughing a dry cough. So today I took my doggie to the Vet for the second free visit. THE Animal Shelter pays the Vet for the visit because my doggie got sick at the Animal shelter with a respritory sp breathing problem. They charged me $80. for anti-biotic generic meds and $52. for the Vet visit for a total of $132. total. I complained and said it was supposed to be a free vet visit and that the $80. for 20 pills of DOXYCYCLINE was too much money. I told them I had the same med in my home... that my doctor had given me for just $5. since I have drug insurance. I handed them the med bottle back to them. I told the office workers that I WAS planning to take my dog to the Animal Shelter where they have vets who will see my dog for free and most likely not charge me for the antibiotics since the dog caught the problem at their kennel. I said I am leaving now and you all can call me later and we can discuss this later. The Vet came out to my car to tell me that the visit was free and the meds were free too since my dog had caught the medical problem at the Animal Shelter. I just said to the Vet. "Thank You". I think the Vet ran after me because they were afraid I would report them since they get a lot of business from the Animal Shelter and the Animal Shelter does PAY THEM FOR MY DOG'S two visits. They would have gotten in trouble. I am tired of being ripped off by Vets who did a lot of tests on my doggie that died last year. I used to pay a lot of money for visits to the vets for many tests that were useless. I spent a thousand of dollars or more for my last dog. This time I plan to fight back and find an affordable vet and always ask how much the meds are before paying for them. I am sure I can find some loop holes for the meds. I am happy again... now that I have my new doggie. She is so much fun. I asked her if she wanted to take a bath and she said, "NO WAY" in doggie talk. She even did a cute howl. LOL. She is a talker which is real cute. I just wanted to tell my experience with a Vet and how I fought back. LucyR.