At BetterVet, we believe that every pet deserves to lead a full, happy, healthy life, and that’s why we are committed to caring for your WHOLE pet, from nose to tail.

In keeping with our mission to provide the best veterinary healthcare experience for pets and their humans, our team of experts developed Your WHOLE Pet: The 5 Essential Elements of Pet Wellness.

Key Takeaways:

  • Preventative veterinary care is key to early detection and treatment of pet health issues

  • Comprehensive veterinary care includes all aspects of pet wellness

  • Pet wellness plans increase access to and affordability of veterinary wellness care

The 5 Elements of Pet Wellness

While every pet has unique needs, there are fundamental aspects of wellness that remain consistent throughout each life stage. Our approach, embedded in our philosophy, revolves around five key elements.

These are the cornerstones that contribute significantly to a pet's overall well-being, ensuring they thrive in all areas of life.

1. Wellness, Preventative Care, and Planning

At the heart of our approach is preventative pet healthcare. Regular Wellness Exams and Sick Visits help to identify your pet’s risk factors early on. This proactive approach to pet wellness helps us address and treat potential health issues before they become more serious

Additionally, pet wellness plans and insurance are additional resources to support your pet's ongoing care. Wellness plans make it easier and more affordable for pet parents to schedule the veterinary services their pets need, while pet insurance typically covers the cost of unexpected illness and injury.

Pet wellness plans and insurance provide a predictable way to manage costs and a safety net of care. 

2. Human-Pet Bond

The bond between pet parents and their pets is rich in mutual benefits and directly affects the health and emotional well-being of both. While it's important to take care of our pets' basic physical needs, it's equally important to recognize that dogs and cats thrive when they form and maintain a deep emotional bond with their human companions.  

3. Optimal Nutrition and Diet

A pet's diet is a cornerstone of their health and longevity. A balanced diet helps maintain an optimal weight, which directly affects the pet's overall well-being.

An appropriate weight reduces the risk of health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease.

As pets age, proper nutrition and weight management become critical, helping alleviate joint pain and age-related discomforts.  

4. Longevity and Quality of Life

There is a clear connection between regular, preventative veterinary care and pets' longevity and quality of life.

We make it easier for pet parents to access the essential services their pets need throughout every stage of their lives. As pets grow and their needs change, we are committed to supporting their long-term health.

5. Exercise, Enrichment, and Positive Mental Health

Regular physical activity is integral to your pet's health, happiness, and behavior. Beyond this, dogs and cats benefit from daily mental exercises and enriching experiences.

Engaging in playful activities, spending time with other pets, and genuine moments of connection are good examples that enhance their overall well-being.


At BetterVet, we are committed to providing comprehensive healthcare services to support every pet's well-being, by integrating physical and emotional health. This includes in-home vet checkups, telehealth/telemedicine, and nutrition and behavioral consultations. 

Pet wellness plans are the perfect supplement to your pet’s preventative care. If you're looking for a way to budget the cost of your pet’s vet care, consider our BetterVet’s Wellness Club for consistent and comprehensive in-home care with affordable monthly payments. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does WHOLE Pet veterinary care contribute to my pet’s longevity?

The WHOLE Pet philosophy refers to the key components of comprehensive veterinary care that contribute to pet longevity.. Another way to support your whole pet is with a wellness plan. Pet wellness plans make it easier and more affordable to schedule regular veterinarian visits and health checks, making early detection and treatment possible.


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