I had to find a new vet Monday. Penny (our dog) had an obvious kidney/bladder infection that needed attention. There is a veterinary just down the street from us, the Animal Hospital & Pet Resort of Southwood, formerly the Seminole Animal Health Clinic. After reading some reviews online, I decided to try them out. They were very nice and thorough. I do not think Penny has received that much attention from a vet in her whole life (she’s ten years old). I know she has never had her temperature taken before! Penny did very well, though, only being reduced to a quivering mass of jelly a couple of times.

I was more than a bit shocked at the total bill. Our old country vet back home spoiled me, I guess, in not charging for every little thing he could think of. But then, he did not usually do much more than look Penny over and pronounce her a dog, so I guess I shouldn’t complain about the amount of care she received. She is feeling much better already, so the money was well spent. And we go back in two weeks for a follow-up. I wonder how much that will cost?

What I found greatly amusing was the “Pet Resort” aspect. I brought home a paper detailing what was included in the price of a “Resort Stay” for your pet (you can see some of the features on their website). Bill and I found it hilarious. It’s good to know that the pet will have a TV and DVD in their suite, in addition to a “Complimentary Bath” and “Daily Maid Service.” But maybe I shouldn’t laugh too much. Already we have discovered that having an indoor dog that needs walking every few hours curtails how long we can be gone from home. Should we all want to leave for an overnight trip, we will likely have to take advantage of that lovely Pet Resort right down the street!