Banfield Wellness Plan Review

Wellness coverage only for Banfield Hospitals

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Banfield Pet Hospital

Banfield Pet Hospital

Our Take

Banfield Pet Hospital’s Optimum Wellness Plans can help spread out the costs of routine and preventative care. The plans may only be used at Banfield hospitals.

  • Pros & Cons
  • Key Takeaways
  • Company Key Facts
Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Covers preventive and routine care

  • Customizable with multiple tiers and add-ons

  • No waiting periods

Cons
  • Only applies to care at Banfield hospitals

  • Does not cover any accidents or illnesses

  • Some critical services are not covered or require an add-on

Key Takeaways
  • Banfield does not provide pet insurance—it offers wellness coverage plans.
  • Preventive and routine care are vital, and these plans may make them more accessible for pet owners.
  • The plans are only available for dogs and cats.
  • Coverage is limited to Banfield hospitals only.
Company Key Facts
  • Year Founded 1955
  • Kinds of Plans Wellness
  • Number of Plans 5
  • Payment Plan Options Monthly
  • Customer Service Email, phone: (866) 277-7387
  • Official Website banfield.com/

Pros Explained

  • Covers preventive and routine care: Unlike insurance plans, the entire purpose of the Optimum Wellness Plans is to cover routine care for your pet. The plans may help owners budget and stretch out payments for services with a monthly fee, as opposed to paying for larger amounts all at once. 
  • Customizable with multiple tiers and add-ons: The Banfield plans are available in several different tiers, with higher tiers costing more and covering more services. You can also add on coverage for parasite prevention products, spaying, and neutering.
  • No waiting periods: Banfield’s coverage begins immediately upon enrollment.

Cons Explained

  • Only applies to care at Banfield hospitals: Because this is an in-house payment plan, you won’t get coverage for treatment at any other hospital or clinic other than Banfield. This can be an issue if you want to switch veterinarians or can’t get to a Banfield hospital.
  • Does not cover any accidents or illnesses: Unlike typical pet insurance accident and illness plans, Banfield does not cover any veterinary care that your pet requires for an injury or illness.
  • Some critical services are not covered or require an add-on: Important preventive surgeries, such as spaying and neutering, are not covered in the base plans. Dental care is not covered in all of the packages, and treatments for issues found during a cleaning (extractions, etc.) are not covered at all.

Introduction

Banfield Pet Hospitals offer wellness plans with multiple levels to help to cover the costs of routine veterinary care. Plans are available for young pets and adults, but they can only be used in Banfield hospitals.

Banfield Pet Health Insurance

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Company Overview

Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1955, Banfield is a corporation that owns and operates more than 1,000 veterinary clinics in the United States. In 2007, it was bought by the Mars Corporation, the company behind M&M's, Snickers, and Twix.

Although Banfield hospitals will treat a variety of pets, the Optimum Wellness Plans are only available for dogs and cats. You can enroll at a Banfield hospital or online; plans are available to residents of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia., but they only cover services performed at Banfield hospitals. See the kinds of services offered and check for nearby Banfield hospitals to see if it could be a reasonable option.

Available Plans

Banfield offers five Optimum Wellness Plans: three for adult dogs and cats, and two for puppies and kittens under six months old.

  • Dog/Cat wellness plans: Active Care, Active Care Plus, Special Care
  • Puppy/Kitten wellness plans: Early Care, Early Care Plus

Covered treatments and coverage limits will vary depending on the plan and plan level you choose. Some covered services are limited to a certain number of occasions per year, and if your pet requires more you’ll have to pay out of pocket. If your pet requires a service that is not included in your chosen package, Banfield may offer a percentage discount.

Covered Treatment Early Care  Active Care  Special Care 
24/7 Banfield VetChat/virtual visits ✓  ✓ 
Pet Wellness 1:1  ✓  ✓  ✓ 
Office visits/physical exams  ✓  ✓  ✓ 
Diagnostics/testing  ✓  ✓ 
Fecal exams  ✓  ✓  ✓ 
Dental prophylaxis    ✓ (Plus only)  ✓ 
Deworming  ✓  ✓  ✓ 
Parasite prevention  Add-On Add-On Add-On
Vaccinations  ✓ 
X-rays/EKGs      ✓ 
Spay/neuter  ✓ (Plus only) Add-On Add-On
Urine Testing    ✓ (Plus only)
Eye pressure test      ✓ 
Banfield discounts  5% (10% with Plus)  10% (15% with Plus)  20%

Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plans only cover preventative treatments—see our selections for the best pet insurance companies for plans that cover accidents and illnesses as well.

Add-Ons

You can add the following coverages to your plan if you wish, for an additional cost:

  • Parasite prevention treatment, such as for heartworm, fleas, and ticks
  • Spaying and neutering surgery (already covered in the Early Care Plus plan)

Waiting Periods

One nice feature of Banfield wellness plans is that there is no waiting period for coverage. Once enrolled, pets may be seen at a Banfield hospital for preventative and routine care immediately.

Cancellation Policy

According to Banfield customer support, if you wish to cancel your Banfield plan you can:

Be aware that there have been many complaints filed against Banfield for issues with cancellations and continued unwanted.

Plan Exclusions

Any veterinary services that are needed as a result of injury or illness, from exams to testing and medications, will not be covered. This program is for wellness care only. Be sure to understand which services are covered and at what level.

That means you won’t get coverage for some common situations that may be covered by pet insurance companies, like:

  • Surgery/hospitalization
  • Behavioral problems
  • Rehabilitation/alternative care
  • Genetic conditions
  • Cancer/chronic conditions

Pre-Existing Conditions

Because these plans only cover preventative care, pre-existing conditions are not applicable.

Plan Pricing

Banfield wellness plans are subscribed to under an annual agreement, paid for with a monthly draft of your account. You’ll also pay a one-time enrollment fee.

We found an average monthly price of $50.62 for Banfield’s adult pet plans, using an average of three adult pet personas (two dogs and a cat). Your monthly price depends on which plan tier you choose, along with factors like the age and breed of your pet and your residential area. 

Banfield offers a price estimator tool to help you figure out prices in your area for the services it offers.

Claims

As an in-clinic wellness-only plan, there is no need to ever file a claim. You can take advantage of your plan benefits when you and your pet visit Banfield hospitals.

Customer Service

If you need to contact customer service, you may call, email, or fill out the query form on the website. If your pet is currently enrolled in a wellness plan you will have access to a virtual chat option called “VetChat." 

For enrollment:

  • Phone: (866) 277-7387
  • Email: OWP@banfield.com

For general questions about your plan:

  • Phone: 866-935-5738
  • Email: CST.inbox@banfield.com

For billing questions:

  • Phone: (888) 649-2716
  • Email: wellnessplanteam@banfield.com

Third-Party Ratings

Banfield Pet Hospitals as a whole don’t do very well when it comes to third-party rating agencies. Banfield has a Trustpilot score of only 1.4 out of five, and Consumer Affairs gives it 3.8 out of five, although many of the reviews refer to hospital service rather than wellness plans.

Alternative Choices

If you’re looking to purchase wellness coverage for your pet, it is paramount to know what the plan covers and excludes. It’s also important to learn how you’ll be charged, if you’ll be expected to pay upfront and be reimbursed, and if it’s possible to cancel without paying extra fees.

Because so many veterinary fees come as a result of an accident, injury, or illness, it may be more cost-effective to purchase a traditional pet insurance plan and add on wellness coverage. This will protect your pet and typically gives you the freedom to use any veterinarian you wish.

Want to see some of those other options? Check out our picks for the top pet insurance companies on the market today.

Competition

  Banfield Eusoh  MetLife 
Annual Deductible Options N/A $250 out-of-pocket $0 to $2,500
Reimbursement Percentage  N/A  80%  50%–100% 
Average Claim Turnaround Time  N/A  1–30 days  10 days 
Illness Waiting Period  None  30 days  14 days 
Injury Waiting Period  None  30 days  None 
Exam Coverage  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Dental Illness Coverage  No  Yes  Yes 
Max Enrollment Age Limit  None  None  None 
Final Verdict

Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plans can be a helpful way to break up the cost of preventive care for your pet over the course of a year. It may make it easier to keep up with such care as well. However, the plan will not necessarily save money if pet parents don’t utilize enough of the offered care. Lower-cost preventive care may be available elsewhere for lower prices, even without a plan. And the fact that your pet has to be treated at a Banfield drastically limits veterinarian choice, so care may be unavailable if you move or travel; all services are offered at Banfield’s set prices and you can’t shop around.

Additionally, the Banfield wellness plans will do nothing to aid in the costs resulting from any accident, injury, or illness your pet sustains. You’ll have to look for another wellness provider or insurance company for that.

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