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Real information and stories from Guanacaste , Costa Rica. Presneted by a long time expat living and working in Costa Rica
Costa Rica, Playa Hermosa Guanacaste. Taking Care of your Pets when Living In Costa Rica

Hello from Playa Hermosa Guanacaste,

            Yesterday was a day dedicated to my four loving and wild and crazy kids. Well if you asked them they would have said “Oh no we have to go to the Vet, Run hide don’t let mom and dad catch you” You know kids are kids, except these type just tend to be a little hairier than most. So Pam and I get the dogs all excited about going for a car ride, you know dogs love to ride in the car. All four jump in pretty easily, well except for Lucy; she had to be picked up and put in the car as she is the older street dog we adopted and has the shortest legs.

Vet care is just as important as your health car. The tropics can be hard on dogs, with the heat and the numerous bugs that abound. Tick fever is a real deadly killer of dogs, it comes on pretty slow and by the time you realize there is a problem, your dog will need major help. The best way to prevent this is to make sure you utilize a flea and tick drop every 3 weeks. I use front line and it works well. Also Distemper can be a big problem and it is advisable to keep all the annual vaccinations up to date.

Once all loaded an almost settled in we head off. Now most people would think that a ride to the vet is a pretty easy thing windows partially open heads hanging out, ears and tongues flapping in the wind and just a short drive.  For most people with pets this is pretty true. For me it is a whole other experience as all of them want to ride shotgun. Here in Playa Hermosa we do not have a vet and can just go over to Playa Del Coco, a short 15 minute drive. But we don’t. See the vet in Coco, although good to a certain point has the strangest hours and when I called to make an appointment it was not that convenient for the vet, I had to work around the Vets days in the office and time frames this vet likes to work. So I said Thanks but no thanks. Besides, I feel this vet has the worst bed side manor that I have even seen in any doctor; I wonder why she even became a care giver.

So I decided to give the vet I prefer to use anyway a call and see if he was available. Well of course he called me right back as when I called he was with a patient. He said Just come in tomorrow morning at 9 and we will check out all the dogs and make sure all are doing well.

You are probably asking yourself at this point “why the hell didn’t he just call the vet he prefers”? Well I will tell you it was just for basic checkups and that Ve is over a hours drive just to get there.

Over a year ago, my black lab named Lipton that moved here with us, was stricken with tick fever. The vet we went to properly diagnosed it and gave us antibiotics and vitamins to deal with this fever. Well after the month of drugs was completed, he started to act like he had the fever again. This time I asked around about some vets as a wanted another opinion. I was informed about a very good doctor in Nicoya, about an hour and a half drive from Playa Hermosa depending on traffic. So I called and made an appointment with Dr. Delgado, by the way he speaks great English and takes the time to explain everything. Best of all he also work 5 days a week and if needed on weekends he will come in and meet you. Long story short Lipton had come down with the tick fever again and was close to dying. It turned out that the meds the previous vet had given us actually counter acted each other and just masked the problem. Dr. Delgado basically said “My friend, we can try a lot of different things and Lipton needs to stay here for as long as it takes or he will not make it and there is really no guarantee that he will but I will do everything I know to help this poor boy, he is old for his breed and it is going to be a tough fight”. Lipton lived at the Vets office for well over a week and a half, he actually got much worse before he got better.  With the loving dedication, compassion and skills, Dr. Delgado was able to save Lipton’s life and bring him back to good health. He did the same thing with one of my other adopted dogs Jazz, who likes to pick up everything in creation and try to eat it. She ended up having major surgery for a perforated stomach and came out with flying colors but that is another story for another time.

So if you love your pets, and if you have pets you better love them, I highly recommend Dr. Delgado. Here is his email address if you need a great, compassionate, and caring vet for your fur children if you live in Guanacaste or if you travel to Costa Rica with you beloved companions, Dr. Enrique Dalay Delgado clinicadermapet@yahoo.com

Trust me on this one, It is well worth the drive to Nicoya!!!  Here is a link to Pam’s face book page with a picture of us coming back from the vet yesterday, Jazz is the white one, Lipton the black Lab, and Bella, surfing from the back seat, unfortunately Lucy was sitting on the floor hiding.


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“Pura Vida” Pure Life Baby!!


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