Excellent Vet in Lake Chapala — Pet Place Animal Hospital

Vet, vet clinic, veterinarian, Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Dr. Berenice Peregrina

I’ve been meaning to write this post ever since we found our rescue pup, Sophie. If you are looking for a great vet in the Chapala/Ajijic area, I’ve got one for you.

Pet Place Vet Clinic & Veterinary Hospital

The little poodle in the above photo is sweet Sophie, who found us back in December while we were staying at the dog-friendly Hotel Perico (on the Libramiento). This pup was the worst mess you’ve ever seen. Her fur was matted, she stank, she had sticks and debris stuck to her, her leg was injured, her skin was infected with bugs and worms, and her eyes were filled with mangey goop. It was horrible. (To read my original post and see photos of Sophie when we found her, click here.)

The day after Sophie turned up (a Sunday, just my luck), we were in desperate need of a vet but they were all closed. But then, a minor miracle. A Google search revealed that a new vet practice had just opened, and its Grand Opening was that very day. We brought Sophie in. She was the clinic’s very first patient.

Pet Place Vet Clinic, veterinarian, Lake Chapala, ajijic, Mexico, Dr. Berenice Pelegrina

Pet Place owner Dr. Berenice Peregrina and her assistant saved Sophie’s life. They were so kind and gentle with our frightened little pup. You can read about everything they did in the post. The whole thing cost me 500 pesos. We did several follow-up visits, and every time Dr. Berenice was so caring and compassionate. She’s very kind and calming for upset pet parents too. I’ve stopped by numerous times with general questions or needing things for my other dog. Dr. B is always wonderful.

If you and your dog are looking for a vet in the Chapala area, try Pet Place. I think it’s the best vet clinic in Ajijic or Lake Chapala. (We’ve tried several.) Dr. Peregrina is completely fluent in English, so if you’re not proficient in Spanish, no big deal. They’ll take care of you. They’ll take care of your dogs. And yes, even your cat. The office is clean, bright, and modern, on par with any high-end veterinary office you’d find in the States or Canada.

The Pet Place Animal Hospital is located just off the Chapala-Ajijic Libramiento in the Plaza Interlago. It’s right next to Gloriosa Salon. Tel. 333-1964150.

When you go, tell Dr. B. Sophie and I said hi!


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jackie Trueblood February 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm

So, how is Sophie adjusting to life with your family? My kids and I would enjoy an update when you have the time.



2 Renee February 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Almost done, Jackie! Scout wanted to do it for you. First she did a video but, after editing and re-recording the voice-over for several days, wasn’t pleased with the result. Then she wrote an update from Sophie’s point of view, but wasn’t happy with that either. Now she’s finished another version, which—fingers crossed—will be ready to post tomorrow.


3 Jackie Trueblood February 8, 2014 at 9:26 am

Thank you. We are looking forward to hearing from Scout and Sophie! The kids will love that Scout is responding.


4 Renee February 8, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Jackie, the post is finally up. 🙂


5 Rich S. June 9, 2014 at 2:37 am

One of the best, most caring and reasonable vets in this area is Pepe Magana located on the carratera in Riberas de Pilar. Look for the Telecable sign and the Cruz Azul cement store. Or it’s about a block east of Magana’s restaurant (no relation).
He, and his wonderful staff saved dogs I’ve cared for twice in the last 5 years after other vets gave up. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.


6 Renee June 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Hi, Rich. Yes, Pepe is good too, and he’s done a lot for the strays of Chapala & Ajijic. We used to go there before going to Dr. B.
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