Dr. Jeffrey Lukken’s patients can’t tell him where it hurts.
“They don’t talk but they use claws and teeth sometimes,” Lukken jokes.
Come July 1, Lukken will celebrate his 35th year practicing veterinary medicine at Lakes Veterinary Hospital (LVH) in Battle Lake.
Lukken is a doctor on the go. Not only does he see dogs and cats as part of his hospital work, he also spends part of his time treating cattle and some of it testing fish.
His work with canines and felines involves a lot of preventative medicine. Vaccines are available for Lyme disease. Both Lyme disease and anaplasmosis are tick-borne diseases.
LVS recommends some very effective flea and tick preventative medications. It also has effective heartworm disease preventative medications.
A few winters back when Minnesota was without its usual coating of snow,