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More recommendations for English-speaking veterinarians in Paris

It’s a bit tricky to identify English-speaking veterinarians in Paris, so I’ve been posting names as I’ve learned them, and now I have two more to add to your list.

Rather than make you search for my past posts on the topic, I’ll recap: Back in August 2009, I told you about Dr. Pierre Métivet, and a year later I mentioned La Boetie Clinique Vétérinaire (which I think now has the clever name Clinique Vétérinaire Labo & Cie, but is still located at 15 rue la Boétie). The latter was recommended by reader Jessica, but until recently I had only Internet reviews for Dr. Métivet. Fellow blogger Gigi Griffis told me in October, though, that she’d taken her pup Luna to Dr. Métivet, and liked him very much. She also reported that his English was very good — so useful, because even if you can get around comfortably in French, you may not have at your fingertips the vocabulary that’s needed for a vet visit.

Despite knowing about Dr. Métivet, I went instead to Dr. Eric McCarthy, a veterinarian in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, to get Chloe’s E.U. pet passport. That was partly because his office was on our way to another stop we planned to make that afternoon, and partly because reader Jenna — who kindly invited me and Chloe to have breakfast with her and Tara, her French Bulldog, in their stunning Airbnb rental — recommended him to me. His name suggested that he might be a native English speaker, and since I wanted to ask him complicated questions about the pet passport, that too was appealing.

It turns out that despite his name, Dr. McCarthy is utterly, utterly French — but we were still very pleased with our choice. He speaks good English, and he couldn’t have been kinder to Chloe. Normally, she starts trembling as soon as she realizes she’s at a vet’s office, but she never did at Dr. McCarthy’s. He treated her very gently, and showered her with treats. Dr. McCarthy’s nurse’s English isn’t as good as his, so I recommend stopping in to make your appointment, rather than calling. She was, however, kind and cheerful — and at Dr. McCarthy’s request, she nobly called a long list of other Paris vets to locate a new bag of Chloe’s t/d kibble (Dr. McCarthy’s office carries Hill’s Prescription Diet products, and she could have ordered it for me, but I only noticed at the last moment that Chloe was running low).

Here’s the link to his website, and here’s his contact info: Dr. Eric McCarthy; 37 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 75005 [nearest métro stop: Maubert-Mutualité]. His e-mail address is [email protected] and his telephone number is 01-43-54-40-01. His fax number is 01-43-54-33-58.

The other name I have for you is VetoAdom, which provides 24-hour emergency service at your home (or rental). We didn’t need their services, thank goodness, but blogger Heather Stimmler-Hall reports that they did a good job of fixing her pup’s cut paw, and recommends them.

One last tip for you: The word “vétérinaire” can be tough to say correctly, especially before coffee. A lady in our Montmartre neighborhood, who befriended me after we and our dogs kept meeting (early in the morning, before coffee), kindly told me that it’s normal to say “véto” instead — which is significantly more manageable.