We moved to Argentina with two dogs. One a St Bernard, and the other a lab mix. Both were rescue dogs, and both are amazing, though they do have their own personalities and health issues…. just like people. We now have a kitty as well that we rescued from a pack of street dogs. So I wanted to post this because some people travel with their animal friends and need to know what to do when something happens or their pets gets sick. When we arrived we found If you need to take your pet to a veterinarian in Argentina, you have a lot of options. The level of veterinary care in Argentina is quite high, and it is also relatively inexpensive depending on where you are coming from.
There are a couple different ways to find a vet in Buenos Aires…
1. Ask a neighbor with an animal who they would recommend. Or even better, ask two or three people and see if any of them recommend the same place.
2. Google Maps – Self explanatory – search for Veterinaria and see who is close.
3. Take a walk – Look for a place that sells dog or cat food. Many of them have an in house vet, or at they very least they will have a recommendation.
When taking our dogs to the vet, we have found that veterinarians in Argentina spent far more time and were far more careful checking our pet than their counterparts in the USA (who usually spent 5 minutes or less). Thorough exams, and actually caring about our animal’s health really stood out to us.
I have found that the cost of a consultation varies from about 120-180 pesos (8-12 USD at the current time). The first time we took our dog to the vet, the total cost for the consultation, shots, and medication came out to 300 pesos ($20 USD right now).
The exact same vet experience in Colorado cost us well over $300 USD.
If you are in San Telmo or Monserrat, these two veterinarians are great:
San Telmo: Veterinaria Blinka
Monserrat: Sociedad Protectora De Animales Sarmiento –
You can also adopt a dog in Buenos Aires at the Sociedad Protectora De Animales Sarmiento 🙂
If you are living with your pet in Argentina, you will need vaccinations as well. Rabies is required yearly (not sure why but it is), but the city of Buenos Aires has roaming vans that give them out for free. Others are very low cost. There are also free clinics that perform sterilizations. which you can find easily enough by looking at the BSAS city website:
You do not have to worry about the level of care. It is excellent, and pretty darn cheap, so take care of your babies!