We went to the Banfield in Lakewood, WA for a cheap microchip ($25) since my regular vet charged $50.I was given a coupon for a free exam so I figured I could have my dog get a free look-over and a cheap microchip, maybe have a good experience and maybe go back. We waited in the exam room for a full hour before anyone came in, an additional 20 minutes for the vet.
We were charged $25 for a pain injection for the chip (never heard of needing that), so the chip still cost $50. We then were introduced to this new product "first shield" a new flea product for dogs. They said it covered fleas ticks and mosquitos and it was on special for only $45 for 5 tubes. I said sure, a vet is recommending it, good stuff it must be.
I got it home and after applying it (*** on my part) did some more research on the internet about the product. Its ***! Its the same stuff as that horrible pesticide flea drops that you can buy in any pet store that we've all heard horror stories about poisoning our pets. Same chemicals.
I immediately bathed both my dogs. So...$100 later for worthless flea control and a regular-priced microchip (I hope that is any good) and two and a half hours of my evening gone.
Lesson learned. You get what you pay for.
Product or Service Mentioned: Banfield Pet Hospital Pet Vaccination.