Last week, I took Cooper for a checkup and vaccinations at the Banfield Pet Hospital at my local PetSmart. I received an Optimum Wellness Plan from Banfield so I could try them out and tell you about their amazing preventive care services. Banfield also provided information and the giveaway at the bottom of this post. I’ll be honest, Cooper hasn’t had a checkup in about three years- when he had his last round of shots. I did take him to the vet last year when he got sick, but he was way overdue for a regular checkup.

Keep Your Pup Healthy & Happy at Banfield Pet Hospital

While I knew that my local PetSmart had an animal hospital, I wasn’t really all that familiar with it. I didn’t realize they they offered such a wide range of services. In fact, I kind of thought that huge area in the back was just where they did puppy training! I’ve worked with PetSmart several times in the past and always had such a great experience there. I was interested to see if that same high level of customer service extended to the Banfield Animal Hospital.

Cooper’s Checkup at the Banfield Animal Hospital


Keep Your Pup Healthy & Happy at Banfield Pet Hospital

First, let me tell you, while my other two dogs LOVE the car, Coop DESPISES it with a fiery passion. I swear he heard me saying we were going for a ride, because he bolted out the door and escaped five minutes before we had to leave! It took us 20 minutes to catch him, but thankfully we still managed to make it on time! Cooper has never been in a store before, so he didn’t quite know what was going on. He was deeply concerned about another dog that happened to be wearing a cone. I don’t know if he felt bad for his fellow Canine or if he was worried that he’d end up with a cone!!

As soon as we got there, we were escorted to the office. Sal came with me to help, since Cooper is so big. Coop seemed a bit nervous, but he still gave me a nice smile for the camera! The vet tech came and listened to his heart. He was panting so much that she had to take him to the back room, hoping he’d relax a bit. Cooper is incredibly mellow and thankfully the vet had no problems.

What to expect during your Wellness Visit

The Optimum Wellness Plan comes with two checkups a year. I have to say, I think this is the most thorough checkup Cooper has ever had. They did the usual blood work and fecal sample (I didn’t ask how they got that out of Coop!), but they also do internal organ scans and tests for common illnesses. I was really impressed with how many things they check for! Just about every vaccine you can think of was included in the plan at no extra cost. Cooper had Lyme disease when he was younger, so I was relieved that he came back clean this time.

Turns out Cooper is overweight. Can’t say I didn’t know that, but I didn’t realize just HOW overweight he is. I expected the doctor to yell at me. She was totally understanding though, especially when I explained that as a rescue dog who spent six months of his life in a cage fighting for food, Coop has some food issues that will never go away. He’s never aggressive about food, he just steals everything he can get his paws on! We came up with some plans together to help Cooper get down to a more reasonable weight.

Both the vet and her vet tech were so wonderful. They took the time to answer all my questions and concerns. I felt bad that my phone kept ringing because my mom’s car died and she was supposed to pick up my son. They quickly helped me wrap up the appointment and suggested a follow-up in three weeks to finish Cooper’s shots. He had a few to get and they didn’t want to give them all at once.

Keeping your dog’s heart healthy

Heartworm prevention was another important topic that came up. Heartworms are incredibly dangerous for your dog. They only come from the bite of a mosquito, so you don’t have to worry about them being passed on to you or other dogs, but they’re definitely not something you want your dog to deal with! Take a look at this video to learn more about overall heartworm prevention.


Protect your Dog with Proheart 6

While we were at our appointment, I took a few moments to ask the vet about the benefits of the Proheart 6 injection, especially versus the pills that we used to give our dogs. She told me that they were both equally as effective, but the Proheart 6 injections were much more convenient. While I’m pretty good at remembering my dog’s medications, I do have to say that knowing Cooper is covered for the next six months really makes me feel better.

I know mosquito season is coming to an end, but with the weather being so crazy lately, I feel it’s still important to keep up with heartworm medications. Heartworm testing  can be administered during a routine office visit. Office visits are always free through Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan®, and many plans include annual heartworm tests. The plan is easily customized to fit your needs and budget. When I left, my receipt told me the total value of my appointment. It was over $550! Considering that the entire year of the Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan costs under $400, you get more than your money back in the first visit. You can also take your vet in for emergency visits as many times as you need to, and you’ll get 10% off most services that don’t fall under your plan.

Ready to see how Banfield Pet Hospital can help your dog stay healthy? Request an Banfield Pet Hospital appointment online. Be sure to check out Banfield on Twitter  and Facebook to keep up with important news. Click here  for a coupon for $10 off a 6-month injectable heartworm preventive!

Banfield Pet Hospital Vet Visit Giveaway + Help Animals in Need

Want to check out Banfield Pet Hospital and protect your dog from heartworms? Enter below on the Rafflecopter form. Winner will receive Banfield Pet Hospital, free heartworm test and free six-month dose of Proheart® 6 (for dogs only). Giveaway is open to US Residents age 18+ and ends on 9/22.

Additionally, Banfield will donate $1 per reader comment (up to 100 comments) to Banfield Charitable Trust, a donor-supported non-profit. BCT’s mission is to preserve the human animal bond by keeping pets with their families who love them. Each year, BCT helps 100,000 struggling families through seven programs ranging from life-saving emergency care to assistance with pet food or other urgent pet care needs. So please, even if you’re not entering the giveaway, I would love it if you can take a moment to comment!

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Have you ever visited Banfield Pet Hospital? What is your biggest concern about your dog’s health?