Readers often ask us to write more posts about the quality and cost of veterinarian care in Mexico. That’s why we decided to do a quick post to share the story of Baxter, a 13-year old Miniature Schnauzer who recently had surgery in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
We actually know Baxter very well because he belongs to two of our closest friends here in Mexico.
Diagnosis, Surgery and Aftercare
Baxter has a history of fatty tumors. During his latest exam at a veterinary clinic in Playa del Carmen, the vet noticed he had large tumor that wrapped around his whole mid section, which didn’t feel like the other tumors.
He told our friend that the options would be: 1) to do nothing; however, there was a strong chance that it would rupture and cause internal bleeding, or 2) do surgery to remove the tumor. Although Baxter is older, he is still a very active dog, so the choice was clear.
It took a little over an hour to remove the three pound tumor from Baxter’s liver. While he was under the anesthesia, the vet also removed a fatty tumor that was about the size of a small grapefruit, and a growth on Baxter’s eyelid that was becoming bothersome.
The procedure went very well and the vet’s office even called to check on Baxter once he was back home.
The surgical procedure (which included the return visit to remove the stitches) cost $8,500 pesos or approximately $459 U.S. dollars.
That amount did not include the pre-surgery office visit or the aftercare prescriptions (pain medication and antibiotics).
Let’s Wrap This Up
Baxter is doing very well and our friends have nothing but great things to say about quality of care and cost of veterinary care in Mexico.
I’m not sure how much this surgery would have been in the U.S., but I think it’s safe to assume that it would have been substantially more expensive.