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Dedicated Wellness Exams for Puppies and Kittens

Puppies and kittens need dedicated care. We recommend regular Kitten and Puppy Wellness Exams during your pet’s first year as well as annual wellness checkups when your veterinarian can also provide booster vaccines as needed (for an additional cost). These visits may be more frequent if your pet has a health condition or they need additional booster vaccines, such as when he or she is starting a new vaccine series. Keep your new kitten or puppy safe at home with a mobile vet visit - it’s less stress for you and your pet!

‍The Importance of Vaccination During the First Year

Keeping your puppy or kitten up to date on vaccinations is one of the most important components of preventative pet wellness care. There are many common diseases that can pose serious risks to your puppy or kitten’s health if they are exposed. Your BetterVet team can bring vaccines to you as part of your Puppy or Kitten Wellness Exam while keeping your pet as comfortable as possible at home. 

Below is a list of common vaccinations for puppies and kittens. Some of these are recommended for all of our four-legged patients, while others depend on certain lifestyle factors. Please note that vaccinations are not included in the cost of a Puppy or Kitten Wellness Exam.


Common Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

• Rabies

• DHPP: Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvoviru

• Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

• Lym

• Leptospirosis

Common Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

• Rabies

• Feline Distemper and respiratory combined vaccine (Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia

• Feline leukemia


What to Expect at Your Puppy and Kitten Wellness Exam

Once you schedule your first in-home Kitten or Puppy Wellness visit, our mobile veterinarian and vet technician will come to your home to examine your pet. Your BetterVet team will talk to you about your pet’s development and determine the best vaccine schedule for them before starting any vaccine series.

It is also common for your veterinarian to recommend fecal testing for both puppies and kittens, retroviral testing for kittens, also known as FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and FeLV (feline leukemia virus) testing which requires a few drops of blood. In addition, we will also start a deworming series that will continue throughout life to prevent internal parasites, external parasites, and heartworm disease if appropriate for the region (for an additional cost). 

Schedule your Puppy or Kitten Wellness Exam with one of our doctors today and start your fur-baby on the right paw for a lifetime of good health!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s included in a puppy’s wellness exam?
You can expect that your puppy wellness exam will include a nose-to-tail examination as well as a discussion of your puppy’s development. Your vet will then determine what vaccines, tests, and treatments are necessary for your pet (vaccines, diagnostic tests, and deworming treatments are not included in your exam fee).
Can I vaccinate my puppy at home?
Yes, our mobile veterinarians can administer all the core vaccines and non-core “lifestyle” vaccines that your puppy or kitten will need during their first year of life.
How often should a puppy have a wellness exam?
Most puppies need between 2 and 4 visits by a veterinarian during their first year, depending on their vaccine history and age.
What is a kitten wellness exam?
Just like our puppy wellness exam, a kitten wellness exam is a routine checkup that includes a thorough physical examination as well as a discussion of your kitten’s development and a recommended vaccination schedule.
At what age should a kitten have its first shots?
A typical vaccination schedule for a kitten starts between 6 to 8 weeks old of age and continues until they are approximately 16 weeks old. After a kitten reaches maturity, vaccines are boosted after 1 year, then booster vaccines can range from every 1-3 years depending on lifestyle.

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