Thanks to an enthusiastic recommendation from a neighbor we decided to check out Banfield Pet Hospital today for Oscar's overdue (sorry old boy) checkup.
Losing sight of our dog amidst toys and school activities is something I'm not proud of. In the last few months he has become somewhat lethargic (possibly due to advanced age) and I was beginning to feel like the end was in sight for earnest Oscar.
I called Banfield last week because of the tip I received about their wellness plan and wanted to see if the savings were true. THEY ARE! For $42/month (seems like a lot I know) you can put your dog on their "Special Care" plan which includes unlimited free office visits and "all the fixin's" plus a dental exam.
**Admission** Oscar has NEVER been to the dentist. A $350+ dental bill for the dog wasn't something we were willing to budget for.
I went in to his exam today thinking I would pacify my guilt over his care with budget service. I was planning to check him off my to-do-list for this spring. I COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE SURPRISED!
We dropped Oscar off for his visit (which was actually pretty nice not to have to entertain two small children in the 6x8 cement cell). Within an hour-and-a-half the kindest (ok...I really haven't met a veterinarian that wasn't overly sweet) Dr. was on the phone explaining everything I needed to know about Oscar's health.
I had a chance to meet her when I picked Oscar up and she was so complimentary and helpful as I asked about the aging process of dogs. All of his vaccinations had been given, a routine de-worming prescription was in her hand, labs were drawn, a dental appointment scheduled and I was asked to pay NOTHING! (Other than the monthly automatic payment.) The bill for his services today alone would have been $276.24.
I was incredibly impressed with Banfield (this is NOT a sponsored ad) and I would highly recommend you avoid the sticker shock of annual vet bills by joining the "Plan." I feel so much better that we can hop on in if Oscar is having a issue and I don't have to put my wallet in front of good health care anymore.
Oscar's diagnosis today? Tip-top shape – for his age. She estimates he is mid-life and has plenty of miles to go.
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