Right. Just what you need: a Mexican Veterinary reference.
OK. Here it is. The young Dr. Moreno has a full service
veterinary care and medical hospital in San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora,
Mexico. If you are anywhere near Yuma (San Luis), Arizona and you
have a pet and you need care, this is where you want to be. You
I have known Dr. Moreno for several years -- as a client of his
services. He has treated my dogs for Valley Fever and breast
surgeries and given regular checkups.
Dr. Moreno has a professional staff and both he and his office
assistant speak very good American English. They need to: a
majority of his customer base cross the border to visit him. Yes,
more than half.
Why should you cross the border and visit Dr. Moreno? Because
he truly cares for your pet and will give you good care at prices that
you would not think existed if you ever visited an American
My dog, Bingo, has had Valley
Fever. Nasty stuff if you know what it is. People and
animals have died from it. Bingo has a fever this week and I fear
that the Valley Fever has returned. I visited Dr. Moreno.
He did not charge for the checkup and gave me three
prescriptions. One antihistamine (about 30 pills). One
anti-biotic (7 pills). One series of injections (3). The
bill was about $100. And if you have one of his stickers on your
car, you get a discount. An American vet would have charged
closer to $500 for this treatment. When I had trouble giving the
second injection,Dr. Moreno and his staff gave Bingo the injections on schedule at no extra fee.
Dr. Moreno performed surgeries on my previous dog, Dido.
After the surgeries, Dido, recuperated in the hospital care
center. Doggie Hotel. The care center has a camera in each
cage so that you may see your animal from the Internet.
Notice that the above card has a local telephone number. To call from the USA, the number is:
011 52 653 534 2731. Calling
ahead to verify the doctor is available and to make an appointment is a
good idea. On tMobile the call costs me about 30 cents per minute.
The business card has the address. It is about a mile from the
border crossing. As you cross the border going south, turn
left (East) at your first opportunity. The crossing is
congested and you may be inspected. If so, you will be going
south on a different street than you entered. No matter.
After turning east, turn right (South again) on 5th Avenue.
Look at the business card above. The animal hospital has a giant
matching sign above the offices on the right side of the street.
The left side of the street on this block is the backside of a giant Calimax grocery
store so finding the offices is easy.
If you are driving, make sure to have Mexican Liability Insurance (800-909-4457);
Walk south across the border. One block into Mexico is a row
of taxis. Take the first taxi and give him the street address on
the above card. The cost should be about $1 dollar (10 pesos).
Verify the price before entering the taxi. For recrossing back
into the USA, it is easier if you have a pet carrier. Print this
web page so that you can show the taxi driver the address. You
can walk using the same directions as for driving but if it is a hot
day, a mile is a lot of heat.
The good doctor has multiple offices. Do not get confused. The
primary animal care and surgical center, is the one given here.
His other offices can give you regular care but if you are making the
trip to San Luis and crossing the border, this is the office that you
want to visit. If taking a taxi, make sure that the driver knows
what you want.
I carry my doggie passport in the same pouch as my own
passport. All of my dogs' injections been Mexican. The
little red (green) rabies tag on Bingo's collar is Mexican.
In general, the American Border Crossing Guard will ignore your pet
if it appears to be in good health and under control. But I would
not cross the border without my pet papers at hand. Dr. Moreno
has some nice pet passport booklets. You will save the cost of
going to San Luis and crossing the border just by getting your annual
vaccinations when you visit.
The good doctor has a large selection of medical products, pet
foods, toys, leashes, collars, etc. The quality is good as are
the selections and prices. Prices better than American pet
stores. But you may NOT cross back into the USA with Mexican pet food or treats.
You may not even return with any that you bought earlier in the
USA. All pet food and treats are restricted items. Check your car
before going into Mexico for any pet products. Toys and other
things make no difference to the border guards. Just food.
I have written an entire book on visiting this area of Mexico.
Contrary to the "news" that you have been hearing, your visit to San
Luis is at least as safe as visiting Yuma, Arizona. You may have
to say "no" to many people attempting to sell you things as all border
crossings are big tourist trinket areas.
Most of the police speak English as do many of the street
venders. For your later return to the USA you do need a passport
or tourist card for each member crossing. The health record
booklet for your pet is a good idea. Tags on his collar are also
good. You do NOT need a Mexican visa or permit for any border
crossing. Just think of San Luis, R.C. as any other place except
that the people talk funny.