I live in San Diego, and have recently started travelling south of the border to Rosarito for fun, but also for veterinarian visits. It takes about 45 minutes to get to Rosarito from San Diego, so it’s a easy drive, with an ocean view the entire way.
I asked some ex-pat friends for a referral and they sent me to Dr. Paola of Albeitar Clinica. She is on the free road just off the Cuota (Toll Road). Take the HUGE OXXO station “exit”. Turn left and she is down the street on the right before the purple-and-pink hotel. She is just south of the main Rosarito shopping area so parking is really easy.
Why is Dr. Paola the best Rosarito vet? Because in the USA I was told by several vets that my rescue dog LeeLee had a myriad of diseases, with the worst prognosis being Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia. This is essentially a death sentence for a dog….but you can treat it with weekly blood tests, possible blood infusions, and medication. When I asked several USA vets the cost for this procedure….oh, a minimum of $200 a month. This diagnosis was given because she one day toppled over without warning. With this treatment I would have to take her weekly for blood tests. Which meant every week I had to force her to be put into a cage and abandoned (in her eyes) which would have terrified her as she is my little dog-limpet.
Enter Dr. Paola, Rosarito vet. She did some blood work and advised me that LeeLee does not have Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, but she does have a tumor under her tongue. Dr. Paola advised me that the only treatment for this is to remove the dog’s tongue. She told me she refuses to do this to a dog. Thank you!
Dr. Paola then looked inside LeeLee’s ears and said she has masses of hair clumped deep inside her ears, and a yeast/ear infection. This infection was affecting her entire body and was the cause of LeeLee’s horrible smell. We scheduled a follow up visit where Dr. Paola cleaned her teeth, her ears, and also her eye ducts, plus medication….for about $110.00. To have LeeLee’s teeth cleaned by an American vet? $400-$500. Rosarito vet pricing is much easier on my wallet and allows me to take my three rescue dogs in to get the care they need.
Dr. Paola then determined through a blood test that LeeLee has hypothyroidism and prescribed dog Levothroid. She told me that it would take a few weeks for the medicine to kick in, but LeeLee should lose weight and become more active.
Oh yeah! LeeLee is a brand new dog! She no longer smells (yeast infection), she has lost 800 gms of chubbiness, and has suddenly developed a zest for life! Before this treatment I had to haul her down the stairs every morning, she growled at everyone, and picked at her food. Now she trots downstairs and upstairs faster than I can, has bright eyes, is thoroughly interested in the world, and everyone who knows her from before cannot believe that this is the same dog!
What I love about Dr. Paola is I can trust her, and that LeeLee’s veterinary care is not going to be either a car or house payment, the way it is in the US. When did pet health care before more expensive than people’s health care?
I think LeeLee toppled over because her ears were plugged and she had no balance. Her grumpiness was from not feeling well. Now she is frisky and for the first time actually gets up on her hind feet to beg treats (We did not teach her that!). She no longer growls at our other dogs and is a happier dog.
This is why I say Dr. Paola is the best Rosarito vet!
You can see my other post on Dr. Paola’s operation on Maggie….which again was about one-fourth of what it would have been in the USA.
Now it’s Your Turn: Who do you think is the best Mexico vet? Have you used Dr. Paola?or