Banfield Vetinary Clinic (Petsmart) - Medical Services for Dogs
CANTON, OHIO -- Sorry this is so lengthy, please read. I put our Gus on the senior wellness plan at Banfield in canton, Ohio. Major mistake. Whole Banfield system is worthless, unqualified and the optimum wellness plan is a scam too. My standard size daschund 14yrs old, diabetic and insulin dependent, very sick and for those you who don’t know vets will insist on a “blood glucose curve”, where the pet is kept all day and their blood sugar is checked every 2hours $125. Been there, done this w/ other vets. Banfield insisted on 2 curves totaling $250 added to his wellness plan. I checked his readings for 2yrs poking his upper lip. Had this down to a routine and recorded his numbers. When I refused the manager/vet informed me they wouldn’t treat him anymore. Told them to “kiss off”, Gus is 14yrs old and very sick and blind not putting him through trauma. His readings were out of control yes, curve doesn’t fix this. very difficult to control his glucose readings. my experience with vets it’s not about teaching you how to control blood sugar levels, its more about charging for curves. These vets thought I was stupid.
Pets with diabetes requiring insulin is a racket at most vets offices including Banfield. They don’t care about normal readings. Is this what graduates from these prestigious vet schools now? I found an older vet who understood and showed me how to maintain a normal range without the curves. Comparing my readings to his and they were in sync. These levels have to be checked at home daily not just 2 days at vets office $250 later. this older vet helped me keep Gus more comfortable in his final days than any vet in 2yrs he had since diagnosed w/ diabetes.
Conclusion: Banfield's’s wellness plan is a scam. Stay away if pet is diabetic or major illness. You may leave from visit not paying anything upfront, but you’ll rack up more chgs for unnecessary procedures. If living in canton, oh go to Dr. Hickman, Mellett animal hospital. He will even draw you a diagram if needed. Stay away from Banfield!!!