Preventative veterinary care is the best way to improve the quality and longevity of your pet’s life . . . but it can be expensive! That said, it’s one of those expenses you can’t afford to not provide for your pet. I want to share with you how I save money on vet bills with the Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan.

How I Save Money on Vet Bills by

Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan

When Chuy was a puppy we signed up for the Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan (for puppies) which covered all of his first year shots, exams, deworming, neuter surgery, and diagnostic testing. As new pet parents, it was great for budgeting with a puppy and guiding us to the proper preventative care he needed. Chuy is now five years old and we still are enrolled in the Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan which has helped us save money on vet bills over the past five years!

I pay about $27 per month for the Essential Wellness Plan. This is awesome for preventative care because it covers two comprehensive exams each year, all required vaccines, deworming, fecal exams, heartworm tests, and more.

Since we live in Virginia, heartworm disease is a huge concern of mine. Each year Chuy gets a heartworm test and he is on year round heartworm prevention. Right now Chuy is taking a monthly tablet but once those run out, I want to start him on ProHeart 6, an injectable heartworm preventive which delivers six months of protection in a single dose. If you’ve tried this, I’d love to hear your feedback.

Banfield Pet Hospitals are conveniently located inside of PetSmart. Yes, that is a look of deep concern as Chuy waits to be called back to the exam room.

Chuy Chihuahua at the Banfield Waiting Room

What I also love about the plan is that I can take Chuy to the vet anytime I have a concern and never pay an office visit fee. If the vet ends up prescribing him medication, we get it at a discounted price. For example, we took Chuy to the vet last week to get a nail trim, express his anal glands, and follow up with his weight loss journey. We only paid out of pocket for the nail trim and express and both of those items were discounted. We do have a “backup vet” outside of Banfield and it would have cost $60 just for the vet to see Chuy!

Lastly, I love that all the staff at our local Banfield know and love Chuy because we’ve been going there for five years! He gets lots of attention, kisses, and hugs each time we visit them!

Chuy Chihuahua Banfield Exam

Other Ways to Save Money on Vet Bills

The Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan is NOT pet insurance! There are some services that you may need over the course of your pet’s life that aren’t covered by the Wellness Plan. The good news is that you do receive a discount on any services you need that aren’t covered by the plan.  That said, I recommend keeping some money tucked away in a savings account to help cover other health related expenses and medications. Pet insurance is another option to help cover veterinary expenses. 

Banfield Giveaway and Coupon!

Thanks to Banfield, we are giving away the following prize package to one lucky dog:

  • 1 free office visit at Banfield Pet Hospital which includes a heartworm test
  • 6-months of Proheart® 6  heartworm preventative

Please follow the instructions inside the Rafflecopter widget to properly enter the giveaway. If you don’t want to wait to see if you win the giveaway, here is a link to a coupon for $10 off a 6-month injectable heartworm preventive.

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Additionally, Banfield will donate $1 per reader comment to Banfield Charitable Trust. 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.

Disclosure: Banfield Pet Hospital has provided me with one year free of the Optimum Wellness Plan which is awesome because we’ve been loyal customers for the past 5 years! They have also provided the giveaway. All opinions are my own and Irresistible Pets only promotes products and services we believe to be irresistible. 


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