Our house is in a pretty convenient place. One of the only area scrapbook stores is across the highway from us as is a highly recommended veterinarian. Jasmine needed some routine care (Heartworm test, Lyme Disease vaccination, flea/tick/heartworm medication, general look-see), so I made an appointment with the veterinarian across the “street.” Street is a relative thing…the office is across a 2-lane, 50 MPH highway. But that’s just semantics, right? Street, deadly fast highway…same thing.
I had to work today, so Hubby took Jasmine for her check-up. They (of course) walked across the highway rather than being safe and sensible in a car. The one and only time I tried to cross, well there were more than a few words said by passing motorists. However, Hubby and Jasmine had no problems and they made it there and back in one piece.
The vet, Dr. Kenneth Schunk, is a board certified veterinary neurologist. It’s good that we now have a relationship with someone who can treat any future back issues that we might have. Jasmine is in very good health, is at a good healthy weight and is heartworm negative. She got her vaccination, and the vet checked out her latest (healing) abscess and told us to watch them and make sure that they don’t get infected. The vet told us to use Frontline Plus for the tick problems we’ve been having. While Revolution worked for us in California, there is a greater variety of ticks here in New Hampshire, and I’ve pulled at least five from Jasmine in the last few weeks. Revolution ONLY works on the American Dog Tick, and we have more varieties around here including the Deer tick–the one that carries Lyme disease. Since I already found a Deer tick on her, I decided to err on the side of caution and get her protected from Lyme disease.
One hour and a few hundred dollars later, Jasmine had a clean bill of health. I’m happy that we now have a local vet for her and that she is going to be better prepared for life in New Hampshire. Now if I could only find a doctor I like…