My girlfriend recently had our dog examined at one of Banfield's offices in Oregon. She was charged over $320 for blood tests that I could have had performed at my vet for about $90!! The total bill, including the office visit was close to $400. A good example is that she was charged $66 for a heart worm test you can perfrom yourself for $5.
To put a prospective into the extent of Banfield's greed, my vet charged me but $278 to have my 13 year old german shepard operated on to remove three sizeable tumors from her chest. That price included all blood work, anesthesia, a day in the pet hospital, antibiotics, pain meds, and a teeth cleaning! And when my choc lab ate a rubber ball and had to have her stomach opened to remove the chunks (major surgery), the total cost including the two days in the pet hospital, anesthesia, blood work, x-rays, antibiotics and pain meds was just $412!!
My vet's office is not a small sole proprietor, nor located in some little outback community. In addition to the two full time vets, there are over a dozen techs and assistants.
Adding to the outrage, my girlfriend was offered the exact same Optimum Wellness Plan that Banfield's own website lists as costing $25 per month for $40 per month! Talk about deceptive advertising!
I.M.H.O, I would avoid Banfield at all costs. I am literally sick to my stomach at the clear abuse and overcharging that took place. Absolutely disgusted!!
Product or Service Mentioned: Banfield Pet Hospital Wellness Plan.