Mexico: A Look at the Cost of Pet Care

Credit: Linda Johnson

Readers of the blog often ask me about the cost of pet care here in Mexico. More specifically, the costs associated with veterinary care, grooming and boarding.

I gathered price data by visiting numerous businesses providing veterinarian and/or pet grooming services in the city of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The businesses ranged from small veterinarian clinics located over pet stores to larger pet spas.

I chose Playa del Carmen for my study for two main reasons: 1) there are numerous pet related businesses due to the large population (over 200,000); and 2) we were already in Playa del Carmen to do some shopping anyway. The second reason was really the one that pushed it over the top for me.

The prices are given in pesos (MXN) and U.S. dollars (USD). The exchange rate used was 19.25 MXN to 1 USD.

Veterinarian Care

Consultation: $350 -$500 MXN [$18.18 – $25.97 USD]

Health certificate: $250 – $400 MXN [$12.98 – $20.77 USD]

Hospitalization*: $1,500 – $2,500 MXN [$77.92 – $129.87 USD]

* Price generally does not include consultation, lab tests or medications

Blood transfusion: $900 – $2,500 MXN [$46.75 – $129.87 USD]

Treatment for parasites: $100 – $300 MXN [$5.19 – $15.58 USD]


Rabies: $200 – $250 MXN [$10.38 – $12.98 USD]

Bordetella: $220 – $400 MXN [$11.42 – $20.77 USD]

Distemper + Parvovirus + Adenovirus + Parainfluenza + Rabies + Leptospirosis: $500 – $600 MXN [$25.97 – $31.16 USD]

Feline Distemper + Feline Herpesvirus + Calcivirus: $290 – $400 MXN [$15.06 – $20.77 USD]


Bath Only

Small dog or cat (1-12 kg): $120 – $200 MXN [$6.23 – $10.38 USD]

Medium dog (13-25 kg): $130 -$280 MXN [$6.75 – $14.54 USD]

Large dog (26 kg and up): $170 – $350 MXN [$8.83 – $18.18 USD]

Grooming (Bath + Hair Cut + Nails Cut + Anal Glands Expressed)

Small dog or cat (1-12 kg): $185 – $260 MXN [$9.61 – $13.50 USD]

Medium dog (13-25 kg): $200 -$320 MXN [$10.38 – $16.62 USD]

Large dog (26 kg and up): $300 – $400 MXN [$15.58 – $20.77 USD]


Small dog or cat (1-12 kg): $180 – $230 MXN [$9.35 – $11.94 USD]

Medium dog (13-25 kg): $200 -$250 MXN [$10.38 – $12.98 USD]

Large dog (26 kg and up): $220 – $300 MXN [$11.42 – $15.58 USD]

* the prices above are the average for standard boarding. Some facilities offer upgraded kennels for between $300 – $400 MXN ($15.58 – $20.77 USD)

Let’s Wrap This Up

Although prices vary across the country, this article can still give you idea of what you can expect to pay if you choose to relocate to Mexico with your fur babies.

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About the Author

Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico ( to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

16 Comments on "Mexico: A Look at the Cost of Pet Care"

  1. Jennifer Shoote | March 16, 2017 at 10:37 am |

    Great information! Thank you!!!

  2. I’m a new subscriber, so you may have answered this, but… do you bring your US pets into Mexico? Eg, what needs to be done in the US to prepare to bring them along?

  3. Thanks. I’ve been needing this information, as we currently have three dogs who need groomed and will sometimes need boarded. Wonder how this compares to the Merida area….

  4. Tracy and Glenn McDougall | March 16, 2017 at 11:03 am |

    Great article, thanks, Paul! With future plans of spending our winters in the Yucatan and bringing a small pooch with us, this information is very encouraging. Vet costs here in Canada are out of the stratosphere…a check up runs in the hundreds.
    Nice spending time with you and Linda in February, by the way. Thanks.
    Tracy and Glenn, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  5. Paul, we’ve lived here and have two canine babies. Since we are closer to Tulum, I asked around about a good vet who was located there. Every person I asked recommended Dr. Juan. And they were right. Besides having good prices, he genuinely cares for his patients.

    Dr. Juan and Dr. Patty assist with the rescue and care of street dogs, help find fosters, and go into the schools to educate children about humane treatment of animals. And, he and his staff speak English.

    As far as prices, as an example, we recently had three tumors removed from our older girl when she went in to have her teeth cleaned. The total cost was $1,300 pesos–less than $70!

    We’ve had a lot of pleasant surprises since retiring here, and the veterinarian care ranks among the top.

  6. Thank you for the entry requirements for pets.

  7. Deborah Antista | March 16, 2017 at 11:45 am |

    Can you comment on the cost of good quality dog food. Probably purchased at a Vet?

    • That’s a good idea. I will research that — possibly even today — and add it to this post.

  8. Jon Gilbert | March 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm |


    I don’t have an answer for you but everything is cheaper in Merida it seems. You may want to ask the Expats on the “Yolisto” expat forums.

    That forum is for the Merida and Beach areas of the Yucatan like Progresso over on the “Gulf coast side”. of the Yucatan.

  9. Jon Gilbert | March 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm |

    Q-Roo Paul,

    Just a note, Your blog is first rate as I’m sure you know. I thank you for the time and effort you put into it.

  10. My husband and myself are vets and we highly recommend La Vet in Pto. Morelos if anyone is looking for one in that area. There are many veterinary schools in Mexico and training QUITE variable between schools. We have worked with Dra. Suarez at La Vet in aiding Cause4Paws rescue in PTO. Valeria knows what she is doing. As with professionals anywhere, asking pet owners who they have used is a great idea.

    Love your blog!

  11. Like always, fabulously helpful. Bookmarking so many of your pages for my quick reference.

  12. Thank you for putting the time in for the info. I can’t believe how truly reasonable these prices are!

  13. Mary Spierling | April 3, 2017 at 10:57 am |

    I have lived on/off in several areas of Baja and Sonora and I can attest to the quality of pet care. There is no shortage of GOOD vets everywhere in Mexico esp. along the borders. Just as with the medical tourism there is also a burgeoning industry with the pet care tourism as well. I trust Mexican vets more than U.S. vets as they are not trained to gouge your pocketbooks as it seems in the U.S.

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