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Melanie Lansing of Mexico Insurance Advisors – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dog with a toy cowboy on its jacket, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, there are very good vets in Mexico. I don’t have pets, but I have friends and neighbors who do and they are all very well taken care of by veterinarians here in San Miguel de Allende.
 
As is the case with Mexican doctors, veterinarians in San Miguel are very accessible here. Veterinarians provide emergency and non-emergency care. They are well versed in veterinary medicine & modern surgical practices.  
 
We have a large population of street dogs and many veterinarians here in town volunteer to spay and neuter cats and dogs and to help in finding them homes. 
 
 
(Dog with a toy cowboy on its jacket, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, pictured.) 
Yvon Marier of Travel  Info Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Animal lover Yvon Marier and his pet chihuahua, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are several very good vets here in Mazatlán. There are vets in almost every corner in Mazatlán. I know at least four or five vets that Gringos in Mazatlán visit all the time who have a very good reputation. I’ve never had problems with vets here in Mazatlán. 
 
We have a 12-year-old Chihuahua that we bought from a vet in Mazatlán whose clinic is open at daytime for visits, and 24 hours a day for emergencies. This vet speaks perfect English and is a very good animal doctor. 
 
There’s a veterinary clinic very close to our home here in Mazatlán that has a program called “catch and release.” “Catch and release” means they take stray cats and give them proper care, and then release them. Vets charge 200 pesos ($11) for neutering male cats , and 400 pesos ($22) for spaying female cats. The cats that they take of are then released four to six hours later when they were picked up. 
 
The vets in Mazatlán are better in some ways than the vets I know in Edmonton, Canada. There are excellent vets in Canada, but for me the vets in Mazatlán are better. As an example, we took one of our chihuahuas to the vet here in Mazatlán last year, and it was discovered that our Chihuahua had liver problems- something the veterinarian in Canada who had been looking after the same dog for several years never noticed. Because the veterinarian in Mazatlán did, we were able to treat our dog’s liver problems. 
 
A blood test for pets in Mazatlán costs about 200 pesos ($11), while in Canada they charge around CA $200 (US $150). We had our Chihuahua’s teeth cleaned last year here in Mazatlán for 500 pesos (US $30). The same procedure in Canada would have cost CA $1,500 (US $1,127)per dog.  
 
(Animal lover Yvon Marier and his pet chihuahua, Mexico, pictured.)
Bruce Fraser – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dr. Memo, Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWe have a lot of good vets in Chapala and Ajijic. I don't have any animals so I don’t have any firsthand experience, but it seems that, at least in our area, on a proportional basis, we have way too many vets here for the current number of people. If you include everybody in the whole Lakeside (the area around Lake Chapala, including Ajijic), the population would be getting up to 100,000 people between Jocotepec and eastern part of Chapala, and 15% to 20% are expats. We have around 30 vets and the expats are the ones using the vets, so we may have 30 vets for 20,000 people.
 
(Dr. Memo, veterinarian, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
Liliana Cota of Stewart Title Baja and Stewart Title Puerto Peñasco – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Liliana Cota's dog, Burbuja – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMexico constantly gets a lot of travelers from the US and since a lot of tourists take their pets with them, you will find veterinary clinics close the border, like in the city of Rosarito, which is south of Tijuana and San Diego. There are also lots of medical clinics and hospitals in Rosarito, for that reason. 
 
If you are taking your pet for a regular vaccination and a regular checkup, the price range is from 175 to 300 pesos (about US $10 to $17). We have very good vets here in Mexico. They even have places where you can bring your pet for emergencies. We also have boarding facilities for pets where you can leave them for a few days.
 
(Pictured: Liliana Cota's dog, Burbuja.)
Kristin Wilson of Orbis Relocation – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Puppy on the beach – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are good veterinarians in any city in Mexico. 
 
It’s also a lot more affordable taking your pet to a veterinarian in Mexico than taking your pet to the veterinarian in the US.  Vets are a dime a dozen in Mexico; in every city you can find a lot of qualified veterinarians at very reasonable prices.
 
I just did dog sitting for my sister in Florida and we had to take her dog to get a prescription and to see the vet.  The charge was $500 for one visit and then the medicine was on top of that. In Mexico, I would pay less than $100 in most cases unless it’s some type of surgery or something really serious.
 
You can even get a home visit from a vet in Mexico. I don’t have a pet but I know a lot of my clients do and you can usually find a vet or a pet store on almost any corner.  
 
(Chihuahua puppy on the beach, pictured.) 

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