With 5 people in our household, it can sometimes be easy to forget about our very first baby – our 8 year old Lab Zoey! Throughout the day, Zoey is pretty laid-back and she likes to stay in her crate. She loves our three kids and lets Olivia and Evie hang all over her. Just like humans, dogs need check-ups with their doctors too – especially because of heartworm disease.
Heartworm disease is one of the most serious and potentially fatal parasites affecting dogs and cats. Pets can contract heartworm disease through a single bite from an infected mosquito! Treatment of heartworm disease in dogs is difficult and painful for the dog, as well as expensive for the pet owner. Heartworm disease can be deadly to cats and there is no approved heartworm treatment in the U.S. for cats today. We were always so careful to keep our cat inside but with Zoey, it’s a bit harder. She loves to run around our backyard and there are just so many mosquitoes out this summer! Luckily, heartworm prevention is easy, safe and affordable. To properly protect pets from heartworm infection, Banfield Pet Hospital recommends annual heartworm testing and year-round preventive medication for both dogs and cats.
Our experience with Banfield Pet Hospital
We were able to take Zoey to our local Banfield Pet Hospital and enroll her into the Banfield Optimim Wellness Plan. The plans can be customized based on the needs of your pet, and combine physical exams, routinely recommended vaccinations and screenings, unlimited free office visits, service discounts and more into one affordable veterinary care package. This is such a great deal because you really never know what could happen to your little furbaby!
Banfield believes in preventive veterinary care as the best way to improve the quality and longevity of a pet’s life by reducing the risk of developing serious, costly and sometimes fatal diseases, such as heartworm disease. 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.
When we brought Zoey in, they were able to run numerous tests on her during her check-up, including a heartworm test. The good news? No heartworm and for her age, Zoey is in really great shape! The bad news? Poor Zoey had a double ear infection!
I absolutely loved her doctor who explained everything about all of the tests that they ran and also how we were going to treat Zoey’s ear infection – they even showed me how to do an ear washing so we could get medicine down her ears!
The rest of the staff was so great to us and everything went very quickly and we were both put at ease. The rooms are also very nice and clean. Plus, we saved so much money! All of the tests were well over $500 but when you sign up for the plan, you’re just paying a low monthly fee.
It’s nice to know that in case of an emergency or just a check-up, they will be there for us!
Banfield Pet Hospital offers ProHeart® 6, an injectable heartworm preventive that can be prescribed to healthy dogs over the age of 6 months, which delivers six months of protection in a single dose—offering both convenience and peace of mind to pet owners.
Banfield will do a quick blood test to make sure they are free of adult heartworms and then they can get started on ProHeart® 6 which can protect dogs from dangerous heartworm disease by preventing immature worms from maturing into adults that cause damage in the pet’s heart.
If you’re interested in trying out ProHeart® 6 for your pet, download this $10 off a 6-month injectable heartworm preventive coupon!
Thank you to Banfield Pet Hospital for providing information about Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® and ProHeart® 6 – we love it for Zoey!
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Disclosure: The Optimum Wellness Plan and information have been provided by Banfield Pet Hospital®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.