Carmen was coming due for her annual vet visit! This was her first trip to the vet since we’ve been on the road. Since we’re on the east coast and there are all sorts of different critters and insects we’ll be exposing her to this summer, I bombarded the vet with questions and the best way to keep her protected. Overall, it was a great experience and happy to report our pup is fit as a fiddle!

Vet’s information: Charleston Heights Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Katherine Benton
Phone: 843-554-4361


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  1. DiamondL99 on June 14, 2020 at 7:37 am

    I love Charleston. We live just a few hours away in Greenville and my best friend/ college roommate lives in Charleston so we are visiting there a lot. If you have any questions just let me know. Be sure you visit Folly Beach before leaving.

  2. Walt Fore on June 14, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Great video. Got to take care of those furry critters. We’re in East Tennessee . A good flea and tick shampoo is a good idea too. We give our dog a heart worm treat every month. No flea collars at all. Topical treatment occasionally, but , I don’t like it myself. Rather just give her a bath. Be safe. Safe travels. Later

  3. Paige N on June 14, 2020 at 7:38 am

    I feel like (at least in Ohio) it never got cold enough this winter to kill off a good portion of mosquito larva so mosquitos are bad this year. Wasps and flies are already bad this year, too.

    …and an engorged tick (full of blood) can get pretty big. It’s pretty gross. But if she is on tick and flea medicine it should kill ticks before they get too big.

    Glad Carmen has such a good mama! Enjoy the East Coast!

  4. Kristy Page on June 14, 2020 at 7:39 am

    We give our dog both those pills. The flea one also kills ticks pronto! Thanks for sharing your always so funny and crack me up 😂

  5. Andrea Bravo on June 14, 2020 at 7:40 am

    yuck disgusting🤢🤢

  6. JustDoTheConstitution JDTC on June 14, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Rae, the tick examples have a scale printed on the left side of the paper it’s relative to a pencil eraser. Great video. Thanks!

  7. Tinkerbell47 on June 14, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Omg where were y’all staying while y’all were in Charleston?

  8. 759wingit on June 14, 2020 at 7:46 am

    I live in the central valley in Calif. and the vets around here all recommend Heartworm medication, I’ve been giving it to mine for years. But dang it isn’t cheap..

  9. Ardyth Kromschroeder on June 14, 2020 at 7:49 am

    What a very good dog mom. So happy to know Carmen is doing well. ❤️ Great video.

  10. Lisa Obrien on June 14, 2020 at 7:49 am

    What topical was your dog on in Cali

  11. Lisa Condon on June 14, 2020 at 7:51 am

    I have a 6 yr old goldendoodle and we’ve lived in Connecticut his whole life. I’ve always used Iverhart Max on him and really like it. Never had any problems. I tried Bravecto for a while with no problems, but after reading mixed reviews of it online I switched back to a topical flea and tick med (Parastar Plus). Our CT Vet said either one was fine. We are in a very heavy tick area, but he has never gotten a tick embedded in his skin (either on Parastar Plus or Bravecto). And I’ve never seen a flea on him at all. Sometimes we find dead ticks on his fur, but as long as they don’t bite him, he’s safe. Oh, and because we are in a high tick area, I do get the Lyme Disease Vaccine for him every year. My vet does insist that it is crucial for Connecticut. We are considering RVing with our dog eventually, so I’m always interested to hear how things are going with Carmen!

  12. Ana Chardon on June 14, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Hi there neighbor I am in the state next to you NC, I have been living here now for 20 years. I have 5 dogs yes they are on heart and worm medicine but I don’t use flea and tic medicine because for me its bad enough they have to take the heart worm pill. I take no kind of chemical medicine being a naturalist. But I’ve yet to find a natural alternative for my dog but I do feed my dogs for the last 20 years garlic granules on there food which has managed to keep all fleas and tics off them while my friends and neighbors give their pets the chemical pills and still finds fleas and ticks on their pets. I have yet to find one on my fur babies. We go camping a lot and never have they gotten any infestation. I just sprinkle 1/2 tsp on the dry food for the big baby and 1/4 tsp for the little babies. This I do because when I had my pit bull may my baby RIP he always had some kind of neurological issue. But when I stopped giving him that pill and started the garlic all issues went out the window. He lived to be 15 y/o unheard of. Plus the garlic makes their food taste like table food they love it. At times they smell like little fritos chip but its all good we go for walks and I make dry shampoo for them that works great. Remember it has to be dry garlic granules because fresh can be detrimental to their health also you do know garlic has a lot of health benefit also. Trust me tic and fleas are no joke in the south east. Happy camping love your videos.

  13. M&M Travels on June 14, 2020 at 7:52 am

    My dog Mia takes bravecto & heart guard… she takes them religiously & she is 15! Look into glucosamine chews too, I know she’s only 4 but it will help her stay comfortable

  14. Tina Morey on June 14, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Our dogs take both of these medications with zero reaction.

  15. Mombeck 67 on June 14, 2020 at 8:05 am

    We chose Interceptor Plus for our puppy after researching heartworm medications. They all can have side effects but this is the one that a more natural vet out east, Dr. Jean Dodd, recommends.

  16. Patricia K on June 14, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Good dog mama! It’s so hard I’ve lived all over the country and vets are never consistent even in the same areas.

  17. roberto abrams on June 14, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Omg, Carmen is such a cutie pie. Do you guys know what breed she is?

    Anyone who says that you’re a bad dog mommy, needs to get all their facts straight, before they open their mouths! You’ve covered all the "health bases" very nicely. You’ve done the proper research, and initiated a plan of action by getting her to a vet! In the Army I learned the 5 P’s – Proper Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance…and that can be used in many diff situations!

    WOW, I seriously hope that the Tick Chart is not to scale, bec that one on the far left, LOOKED SCARY HUGE…Yikers 🙀!

    This was a greatly informative video Rae, and cheers to the continued good health of Cutie Pie Carmen 🥂

  18. Mombeck 67 on June 14, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Yes, the Seresto Flea & Tick collar is wonderful! People around the US swear by it and it made me feel good knowing that they make the same product for cats and cat products have to be more gentle but still just as effective. Our puppy is wearing the Seresto collar with good results.

  19. Casey Norman on June 14, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Can you update on how she did with the pills? We’ve tried other brands of the pills without any luck. I haven’t heard of those 2 brands, but I live in WA state, so we aren’t tick or heartworm country.

  20. Mark Lloyd on June 14, 2020 at 8:15 am

    We have given all of our dogs heart worm and topical tick and flee ointment. You are doing the right things for you fur baby. We rv through out Canada and into the USA with our dog MJ, along with country and lake living. Protecting them and staying current is important. If you travel to Canada make sure you have Carmen’s latest vet papers to show the customs officer she is current with all her shots. Some time they ask to see it. Safe travels

  21. Raymond Race on June 14, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Do carry some type of insurance for Carmen that covers more wellness maintenance or catastrophic coverage ?

  22. msmithpro on June 14, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Excellent video! Thanks for all the hard work and long hours you put into making them. I learn something every time I watch The Getaway Couple! Thanks to you and Jason…and Carmen!

  23. InnerPeaceCoachingdotcom on June 14, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Are you still freaked out by all the bugs we have here on the east coast?
    Hopefully you have found a routine with the meds/pills that works for you – and that you never need to use the tick remover spoon (although if you do it works great!)
    From one dog mamma to another,

  24. Bill and Kelley Adventures on June 14, 2020 at 8:24 am

    We live in the south and I use to work for a vet many many years ago. Haha I haven’t ever given any of my dog’s heartworm meds and they all have lived way past their average age. We had a shepherd that lived to 13, a schnauzer lived to 16 and shelti that lived to 14. I think heartworm is great I just not disciplined enough to remember to give them their pills. Which could kill them if they get heartworms and you give them the pill. I do give them the bravecto flea and tick and it works great!!!

  25. Texas DEZ-TAJ-Nation on June 14, 2020 at 8:30 am

    I use Trifexis it’s one pill once a month and it covers heartworm fleas and ticks and I live on a ranch in Texas and we got it all. Works on both my Shepherds my four-year-old and my 4 month old also my vet gives my fur babies the kennel cough shot and the rattlesnake vaccination. Especially here in the south. You’d be surprised how many snowbirds we have here and kennel cough can be very dangerous it’s like whooping cough for doggies and transmitted a lot in RV parks. Being in the Hill Country in Texas we have more RV parks then Ranch is lately.

  26. Jay Krom on June 14, 2020 at 8:35 am

    You are a good fur baby mommy! Looks like you have all the bases covered for Carmen’s protection. I just hope you are protected as well!
    I liked that tip below of the dried garlic granules- going to have to try that on Dilly who is 13 now.
    That chart showed some ticks as small as fleas?? Good thing I have not seen one here in So Cal!

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