There 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.)