Keep Your Pup Healthy with Banfield and ProHeart 6 Preventative Shot + Giveaway

Friday, September 12, 2014

Disclosure:  Banfield Pet Hospital provided me with the information, Optimum Wellness Plan and giveaway.  

Meet Brady.

My lazy, old man puggle dog.  Some of his best qualities including being the world's biggest bed hog, having the worst dog breath manageable and having catlike ninja skills when it comes to getting Cohen's pizza at dinner. But he's ours, all ours and he really is just the sweetest dog possible.  I had never owned a dog before Brady.  To be honest, I rescued Brady on a whim.  But I learned quickly the responsibilities that come along with taking care of a dog.  I remember thinking it was almost like having a baby but I could put him in a cage when I left for work, which really was quite a reasonable connection.  You spend weeks getting up in the middle of the night for potty trips and I bought a new container of carpet cleaner every three days for at least two months straight.  But I also had to make sure I stayed on top of his shots, heart worm medicine and flea and ticks treatments just like a mother keeps up with her own child's vaccinations.  Being new to this pet ownership I wasn't sure where to start!

I had seen the Banfield Pet Hospital in Pet Smart at one of my triweekly trips to the store.  (Hey, PetSmart is to new dog owners like Target is to mothers.)  After doing a little research I realized what an amazing deal Banfield was so I scheduled an appointment for Brady, signed up for the Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan and have been a part of this amazing place since!  Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plans can be customized based on the needs of the individual pet.  You pay a low monthly fee for the plan and it includes physical exams, routinely recommended vaccinations and screenings, unlimited free office visits, service discounts and more into one affordable veterinary care package.I like to think of it as Brady's "doggy insurance."

I have taken Brady to two different Banfield Pet Hospitals and been absolutely pleased with both places.  Each veterinarian that has taken care of Brady has been so caring, very informative and shows a genuine love for my sweet dog, which definitely is a plus for me as a pet owner.  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.

So what exactly is heartworm disease?  Well, here are some facts that were helpful to me:
  • 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. 
  • Check out the heartworm relevance in your state using this interactive mapfrom Banfield Pet Hospital’s State of Pet Health™ 2014 Report.  
  • 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.

I had always used a topical treatment on Brady that was supposed to prevent not only heartworm but fleas and ticks too.  But Brady had his mid year check up at Banfield this week and his veterinarian mentioned the Proheart 6 shot for dogs.

Here's the lowdown on the Proheart 6 injection treatment for dogs:
  • ProHeart® 6 is 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.
  • ProHeart® 6 can protect dogs from dangerous heartworm disease by preventing immature worms from maturing into adults that cause damage in the pet’s heart.
  • Before a pet can start on heartworm preventive, he/she needs to be tested to make sure they are free of adult heartworms —this is done through a quick, simple blood test at your veterinarian’s office.

This was a sounded like a great option for me and Brady!  I now only have to worry about flea and tick prevention and Brady can get his heartworm shot every time we have his exams.  Plus I found a coupon for $10 off this 6 moth injectable heartworm treatment.   This was a win win situation if you ask me!

I do have to add that one of my favorite things about Banfield Pet Hospital is how their veterinarians sit down with you and go over all the test results, concerns they may have or answer any questions I have about my dog.  It's a good feeling to know that your pet is in great hands because he's still your baby, right?

Win It!
One lucky winner has the opportunity to win a free office visit at Banfield Pet Hospital for a dog to receive a free heartworm test and free 6-months of Proheart® 6 (for dogs only).  Just enter the Rafflecopter below!

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P.S.  For every comment made on this post, Banfield will doante $1 (up to $100) to Banfield Charitable Trust.  So start commenting friends!


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