I have had a couple emails lately about putting something in about pets. Being a big pet fan, I guess the only reason I haven’t done that is because I have been without a dog for the last three years. In fact I think that is the longest I have ever not had a dog in my life. If I ever get a place that can handle a dog, I will get another. Still I can relate to the questions that all pet owners have and will put this in strictly as a start, and would like all those living in this area to comment with their experiences (good and bad) on the subject.
Melo Pet and Garden is a store where you can buy most things for pets. I didn’t go inside to take any photos, but from what I remember, they had all sorts of feed, cages for birds and pet toys. To get to Melo, if you are on the one-way street that runs past Cable-Onda going toward Oteima, just past the corner for Oteima on your right you will see Melo. I know there is a Melo in Boquete as well, but I don’t think they carry as much for pets.
If I remember right, Melo also can find you dogs and maybe other pets, if you are in the market to buy one. I seem to remember them having a book of contacts that they used for various breeders. You will also see postings in Super Baru for dogs that people have for sale.
When I was in Cochez a while back, I also noticed that in part of their new expansion, they had put in some things for pets. Of course you can find pet food and some toys at all large super markets.
If you need a veterinarian, the only one I have had experience with is Dr. Jorge Gomez. As I said, my experience was three years ago, and I have no current experience. I have seen other signs for vets, but don’t remember where. To get to the Don Henry Clinic, if you are driving on the main street (Ave. Obaldia) toward down town, turn right at the corner by Romeros in Dolegita. About a block or so down this street on the left side of the road is the clinic.
Just today, I received an email from a person who has a new parrot (with worms) and needed an avian vet. I don’t have the answer for the writer’s question, but maybe someone reading this will have some experience to share.
I will add a little commentary about buying a parrot. I know that a lot of people move to Panama and get enthused about getting a parrot. It must be something about being in a tropical environment. Let me encourage you to get a book (I am sure the BOOKMARK has one) about parrots before you pick one up from one of the fellows standing along the road. Here is my concern. These types of birds will live a long time (50 to 80 years for the larger birds). Once you take them out of the wild they loose their ability to survive in the wild any more. Therefore if you get one, you have taken on a large responsibility.
As I said, this post is really just a thought generator. If you have some information related to pets or pet doctors, please feel free to share it so that others can benefit.