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.