Teen pop star Nick Jonas' 16th birthday present puppy came with a surprise of its own - the pooch is riddled with parasites.
Jonas was handed the Golden Retriever pup, he has named Elvis, on Tuesday (16Sep08) as a gift from his famous siblings, and he has been spotted out walking his new best friend near his Hollywood home.
But he quickly discovered the responsibilities of owning a dog when he had to seek out a vet on Wednesday morning (17Sep08).
The Jonas Brothers star cleared top Hollywood animal doctor Jeff Werber's schedule after discovering the cute puppy has ticks.
One of the vets' regulars, who was awaiting a session with Werber, says, "We were told we'd all have to wait a little longer because a celebrity was bringing his dog in. It turned out to be Nick Jonas, who came in through a private back entrance.
"I gather his Golden Retriever has a tick problem and Nick was coming in for medication."