Coming soon to a Walmart store near you: a VetIQ Petcare Wellness Center. Think of the low cost vet clinics at Walmart stores as MinuteClinics for cats.
The walk-in wellness centers don’t take appointments, and offer a limited menu of services at prices considerably lower than you’d pay at a conventional veterinary clinic. Twenty locations are open now. But VetIQ expects to be in 1,000 stores by 2023.
For Healthy Cats Only
If your cat needs something that’s not on the menu of services — a dental, for instance, or care for a chronic disease like diabetes or hyperthyroidism — the wellness center veterinarian will refer you to a conventional vet clinic. If your cat needs medication, you’ll get a prescription to be filled at the Walmart Pharmacy.
Low Cost Vet Clinics At Walmart: A $1 Billion Business
If you’re on a tight budget and need to save money on veterinary care, the clinic at Walmart might be a good place to start. A senior blood panel there costs $105. It would be considerably more at a full-service vet clinic.
But You Still Need That Old-Fashioned Animal Hospital
Except for salaries, the low cost vet clinics at Walmart have none of those costs, so they can afford to charge less.