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Kathya de Chong of Alto Boquete Condominios – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Logo for Adopt Rescue Foster, Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingBeing a vet in Panama means more than just tending to the medical needs of pets, but also having a platform to do business. Many times in Panama, vets are not just doctors who take care of medical needs, they also take care of a lot of other things at the same time. As an example, you may go to a veterinary clinic where on top of having a vet check your pet’s health, they’ll also sell dog food, or offer to do grooming or pet boarding services.
 
Speaking from experience, vets in Panama are not that good. For me, pets are part of the family, and leaving my pets with somebody is comparable to leaving my kids with somebody. I’ve found that whenever I leave my dog with the vet here in Panama, they don’t take care of him the way I would. I expect people to treat pets as part of the family and not like something that’s disposable.
 
I have had unpleasant experiences with vets here in Panama- not only here in Chiriquí but also in Panama City. Today with the social media where people feel comfortable in sharing unpleasant experiences, you can read about things like this. 
 
On the other hand, I have found good vets in Boquete. One of them also offers other kinds of services such as grooming or pet boarding services, and the other one is someone you can call in for a check-up.  
 
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Daisy with her James, Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingVets in Panama are like vets anywhere...  some are better than others.  Some vets speak English and some do not.  A typical vet visit is $7 in their office.  For a home visit (yes, there are vets who will come to your house), you'll pay $25).  I really like Happy Pets in David.  Dr. Sam is great with animals.
 
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Mirhanna Sandoya of Lucero Homes Golf & Country Club – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yorkie running on the beach – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWe have a veterinarian in downtown Boquete who is bilingual, and one in Dolega (20 minutes from Boquete, between David and Boquete) who has a clinic called “Vet on Wheels.”  He has a little van, and can go to your house and pick up your dog or your cat and take it to his vet’s office, give them a bath, cut their nails, and kind of groom them a little bit. For emergencies, they have their own 24/7 phone numbers that you can call, and they’ll either go where you are or you can just take your pets to them. It’s very convenient. 
 
I have a small dog, a Yorkie, and when I just came back early this year, I started living with my mom for a while, and since my mom has a huge female dog, my dog, who is a male, was bitten by mom’s dog and got a cut in his leg. We had to run with him to the vet and everything was fine. 
 
Panama City has very luxurious veterinarians. There was one that’s very close to the banking area that has a mini-pool. It’s crazy, and it’s very interesting. Nobody should have any problems with their dogs here. They take good medical care of pets in Panama.
 
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Iván Eskildsen of Cubitá Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dog at the beach – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWe have good quality vets in Panama City and in Chitré, where I live. There are veterinary clinics located just right in front of the place we live.
 
Our particular vet is famous in Chitré and in the entire area. There are quite a few good veterinarians here. The culture of taking care of pets is growing more and more here in Chitré and we are getting more good quality veterinarians. You can definitely bring your pet here without being worried about their health.
 
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Roger J. Pentecost of Boquete Valley of Flowers Condos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Veterinarians in Panama are good by Panamanian standards. The US has some of the finest veterinarians in the world along with probably Canada or England and other parts of Europe. We know one or two good veterinarians here in Panama and there are others who are probably more suited to do something else in life.
 
In that respect, here in Panama, you can buy the things you need to treat, inject, and shoe the feet (such as horseshoes) of your own animals. Here, people still have the right to put down an animal when the time comes necessary. You cannot do that in England. I think you can still do that in some parts of the US. In Panama, I have the means to sedate the horse in some areas and to sew them up again and arrange for medications to treat them not because I could not get a good veterinarian but because it might take him a day to get here because he is a good vet and he is very busy.
 
The veterinarian that we have tends to work on a first come, first served basis, which I respect because he comes to us. He is very well schooled and was trained internationally in the most modern medicine and techniques but he still gives us more traditional remedies such as to mix up red onion with un-pasteurized honey for certain ailments, and it works. That is a lot cheaper than the potions sold by pharmaceutical companies that in many cases, we found do not work in the same way.
 
The veterinarian that we have came the other night at around 8 or 9 in the evening and we worked until 11:30 PM anto put over forty stitches into one of our horse’s legs. Employees of mine came out, helped roll over the horse and do other things. They helped hold the horse down because you can only sedate them for so long.
 
So I would say, we have good veterinary care but not universal good veterinary care. Here in Panama, you might pay the veterinarian around US $50 or $60 per visit. I think I paid around $105 for the evening I was just describing when one of our horses had its stitches, includingd the cost for the medications and supplies used.
 
In Boquete and David, there is what they call, in some places, “small animal vets”. There are about two or three of them here in Boquete and I am sure there are a lot of them in Panama City. A certain number of Panamanians, like many other people, have dogs, cats, and other small pets that they treat a lot of like their children and they want their pets looked after. We personally have much larger animals, so finding veterinarians for horses and cattle tends to be a bit more difficult.
 
If you would bring your dog or cat to Boquete, it will not be a problem for you to find good veterinary care.
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Bonnie Williams of Fundacion Bid 4 Bouquete – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Outside of the capital city, I have found it very difficult to find a veterinarian in Panama who is sufficiently skilled and equipped to take on difficult cases. For major surgery and difficult diagnoses, most expats in Boquete use a Costa Rican vet, whom they meet at the border for transfer of the pet.  For routine matters, there are a number of vets in both Boquete and David.
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David Whittington of Tucan Golf Club and Resort – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dog in Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingVeterinary care is good in Panama and pretty cheap.  (Panama is an agricultural country, so they need good veterinarians.)
 
The first trip down here we met a woman who at the time had a vet making a house call for her dog to spay him.  The total charge was $50.
Vannessa Solano of Activentas, S.A. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, there are lots of good vets here in Panama Brutus, A Dog In Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingand there are tons of vet clinics here in Panama.  The one I like the most for my dog Brutus (see his picture to the right) is in the city and called Mundo Animal (Animal World).  Mundo Animal has full service; everything from grooming to surgery.  Very good vets.  One cardiologist.  There are many, many other good vet clinics in Panama City.
 
Relative to cost for vet care, I don’t think we have vet insurance in Panama.   The cost to go to the vet is up to US $40 - $50.  If your pet receives an injection it could be up to $60.
 
There is also good veterinary care in the interior of the country away from Panama City, with these vets having much more experience and providing much more services for farm animals like cows, pigs, horses; bigger animals like that.  However, these vets still know how to treat your dog or cat.  In addition, there are veterinary clinics that are specialize in non-farm animals in all the areas in Panama where expats would be likely to live.
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Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Veterinarian clinics and pet supplies, as well as medical clinics, are widely represented throughout Panama, especially in the main cities or towns, like Panamá City, Colón, David, Chitré, Chorrera  and Santiago.  They offer a variety of services, including overnight stay, and also assistance if you want to bring a pet to Panamá.
 
In Panamá City, many of the veterinarians are  situated in San Francisco, most with web pages and English-speaking.  Panamá also offers pet training, and a new law is set to go to  the Congress regarding animal protection.
Corrin Skubin – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Finding a good vet in Panama is easy as good vets are plentiful all around the country. What is even better as that as a foreigner, people are eager to lend a helping hand and offer you advice when you are in need of finding a good service for your favorite canine or kitty.  All major cities offer well trained, professional veterinarian offices as well as any areas where expat communities are present-- Panama City, Coronado, El Valle, Pedasi, David, Boquete and even Bocas del Toro.  Vet care and pet care is much more economical than what you would find in North America and even better-- most vets speak or have a good understanding of English!  Some vets are more skilled in surgery while others specialize more in basic medicine. Great vets can be found in all areas of the country and most populated areas now offer Spay and Neuter Clinics where you and your neighbors can bring your dog or cat for surgery for a minimal fee or a small donation.  The vets that volunteer their time at these clinics are some of the best in the country and as a pet lover yourself, you can get involved and help at the monthly Clinics.  Owning a pet in Panama is a pleasure as there are plenty of stray dogs and cats in need of your love and attention. 

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