Last week I paid for a year's wellness plan with Banfield for my new puppy. I've read the mixed reviews here about this chain vet hospital. I'm a new puppy owner, so when the Banfield vet mentioned Banfield's proprietary prescription product for flea prevention, I grew concerned. I asked the vet why not buy a generic flea collar from PetSmart. The vet said Banfield's FirstShield was healthier for my puppy, and other flea prevention products were often unsafe. The FirstShield product came in a small tube. I was told to apply the oily liquid on my puppy's back along his spine every inch or so. I asked how the rest of the puppy's body would be flea protected. The vet said the liquid would spread across the puppy's skin naturally. The cost for the tube was $15 a month; my first tube was free. This was in addition to the basic care plan I purchased. Over the course of this week, I've noticed my puppy frequently scratching and biting at his skin, and chasing his tail in a circle. I'm wondering if Banfield's FirstShield flea prevention product even works. I have a scheduled appointment with the vet tomorrow, and I will take up my concerns with her then. But is spending $15 a month for my puppy's flea prevention within the price range of what I should be spending?