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Reasons to Book an In-Home Puppy and Kitten Check-Up

Receive top-notch care for your new puppy or kitten within the comfort of your home. Avoid traveling or putting your new pet through the stress of a brick-and-mortar vet office.
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Convenient Home Visits

Packing a new kitten or puppy into a car to get to the veterinarian can be a stressful experience for everyone. Keep your pet calm and comfortable by scheduling their initial pet health assessment at home.

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Tailored Kitten & Puppy Care

Our Kitten and Puppy Wellness Exams are tailored to your growing pet, ensuring that their life with you begins with premium veterinary care. Our expert veterinarians take the time to get to know your pet and address their unique needs.

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Safer Health Checks

Puppies and kittens are susceptible to serious illness, especially before they have had all of their recommended vaccines. In-home veterinary care keeps pets safe by reducing their exposure to other pets and communicable diseases.

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Enhanced Health Monitoring

Observing how your kitten or puppy develops in their home environment is a key indicator of their overall health and wellness. Your veterinarian will monitor your young pet’s growth over time, and make recommendations for optimal health, nutrition, and behavior. 

Puppy & Kitten Vet Visit Process

During your home visit,  your pet will receive a thorough nose-to-tail examination. Our veterinarians assess each puppy or kitten’s overall health and offer customized recommendations for vaccinations, medications, or services.

Assessing Your Puppy or Kitten's Health

Assessing Your Puppy or Kitten's Health

We recommend regular kitten and puppy physical exams to follow their growth and development during the first year and to administer essential vaccines and preventatives. 

Customizing Vaccination Recommendations

Customizing Vaccination Recommendations

During your Kitten and Puppy Wellness Visits, your veterinarian will administer any necessary vaccines by age. If you have any questions or concerns, you’ll be able to address them together and create a vaccine schedule that is best for your furry friend.

Post-Examination Support

Post-Examination Support

BetterVet is here for you after your visit, too! If you have any concerns about caring for your pet, vaccinations or medications, we’re here to offer support whenever you need it. A virtual veterinary visit is another great option when you are looking for additional guidance.

Puppy and Kitten Exam Pricing

The cost of our Puppy and Kitten Wellness Exams starts at $129, plus a travel fee and any additional products or services. Visit our pricing page for more information and current offers.

Service Price Range
Service Price Range
Puppy and Kitten Wellness Exam $75
Travel Fee* $89 - $109, depending on location
Vaccination $43 - $140
Microchipping $89.20
Medications Varies by prescription
Lab and Blood Work Varies by tests
*One travel fee is charged per home visit, regardless of the number of pets in the household

Why BetterVet?

Our mobile veterinarians examine pets in their favorite spot - a comfy couch, a cozy pet bed, or even your lap! See how we work to keep pets relaxed and happy at home.

What Our Clients Say

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Emma Minihane
BetterVet Boston

BetterVet is a fantastic service. They made my newly adopted kitten Milo feel really comfortable during the visits. BetterVet has also gone above and beyond to make sure Milo is on the best course of treatment possible and is always quick to reply to any queries or to provide any advice. I couldn’t recommend BetterVet enough!!

Dylan Schuch
BetterVet Austin
"The BetterVet team" showed up 20 minutes earlier than anticipated and took their time on everything. Then spent extra time answering my laundry list of questions I had about my 6 unexpected puppies and nursing mama puppy. Harley even let them check on the puppies, which she hasn’t done with any “outsiders” yet! Very happy I scheduled to have them out and feel much better about my puppy situation after one of the most stressful weeks of my life!
Maureen Nichols
BetterVet Greater Los Angeles
So happy to have these gentle, professional vets come to my home for my slightly skittish kitties. What a relief to not have to cage them up, get in the car, wait in a scary waiting room, etc. They were so gentle that the kitties were nosing up to them inquisitively. I could not be happier with this experience.
Nancy Novak
BetterVet Austin
We are so pleased that we found BetterVet. The practitioners were both excellent. Our puppy did not go into her usual over the top anxiety attack. Everything about our appointment was excellent.
Trish Burns
BetterVet Austin
I can’t say enough great things about this service! It’s so much easier on the dogs and the owner not to have to go to the scary vet’s office! We’ve had great experiences with scheduling, the vets and their assistants. "The BetterVet veterinarians" are both wonderful! Our puppy loves them and so do we. We had a complicated/confusing situation with our puppy and "BetterVet" stayed in close touch with us to get answers/help her.
Don Butterworth Jr
BetterVet Baltimore
The BetterVet Baltimore team is amazing! Friendly, knowledgeable, and very punctual. Our new puppy received outstanding care during his exam. Highly recommend this service to all!!
Clarissa Gilmore
BetterVet Seattle
BetterVet is an amazing service! I didn’t want to bring my 4 month old puppy into the vet because of the respiratory illness going around and I was able to schedule an in home appointment with BetterVet the next day! The two veterinarians that came were so nice and helpful and spent some extra time playing with my puppy and left him some treats. The price is comparable to what we pay to go into the vet so we’ll definitely be sticking with BetterVet from now on. (:
Elizabeth Soldan
BetterVet Chicago
"The BetterVet staff" are amazing!! I have had animals all my life and have met many veterinarians. These two are special!! Having a mobile vet has been a huge help for my two feral foster kittens. So much less traumatic for them to be treated at home. I highly recommend!!
Edna Nadik
BetterVet Pittsburgh
"The BetterVet team" arrived exactly at 2:30. They're both very nice. They are caring and were very helpful with diagnosing what was wrong with the kittens. I liked that I didn't have to take the kittens out in the cold weather or traumatize them with a car ride.
Colin Gibson
BetterVet Eugene
Our new puppy needed shots and a check up, "the BetterVet team" were Great! They showed up early even and were able to answer questions and provide good advice. "BetterVet" was so good with our puppy and her experience and professionalism shows. Highly Recommended.

Included in our Puppy & Kitten Annual Checkup

Our kitten and puppy wellness checks include a comprehensive examination tailored to your new family member, as well as a consultation about your pet’s individual needs. Here's our other services that are included:

Visual Dental Assessment

As part of your pet’s wellness visit, your vet will perform a dental care checkup - a visual exam of your pet’s teeth and gums, and recommend professional cleanings when needed.

Pet Nutrition Counseling

During your home visit, your veterinarian will talk with you about your pet’s nutrition, diet, and weight, and address any individual concerns you may have. 

Pet Behavior Counseling

Our veterinary doctors will provide behavioral guidance related to your pet’s age, breed, and health and make behavior recommendations and referrals.

Allergies & Dermatology

Our mobile vets will conduct a detailed allergy and dermatologic examination of your pet's skin and coat for bumps or irritation. Medications may be prescribed depending on the cause.

Neurological Consultation

Our skilled veterinarians conduct neurological exams to assess your pet's nervous system health that includes tests for reflexes, coordination, balance, and response to stimuli.

Orthopedic Assessment

We'll examine your pet's joints, bones, and muscles, identifying any signs of discomfort, injury, and degenerative issues, providing the foundation for effective treatment and care.

Spaying & Neutering Information

Your veterinarian will recommend the optimal age for your kitten or puppy’s neuter or spay surgery and can provide information about what to expect.

Veterinary Pain Management

If your puppy or kitten requires pain medication for any reason, most commonly post-spay or neuter surgery, your veterinarian will give you any prescriptions your pet will need.

Additional Puppy & Kitten Wellness Services

While not included in the cost of a Puppy & Kitten Wellness Exam, the following services are typically bundled with your pet’s in-home checkup. 

Mobile Pet Vaccinations

This service brings core and lifestyle vaccinations directly to your doorstep to ensure your pet receives the necessary vaccines in the comfort and safety of your home.

Pet Blood Work

As part of your pet’s physical exam, your veterinarian may recommend lab work and may collect a small sample of your pet’s blood, urine or fecal sample for analysis. 

Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, our skilled veterinarians conduct in-depth imaging, such as X-rays, to accurately diagnose and monitor various conditions.

Mobile Pet Microchipping

A quick and secure way to ensure your pet's safety, instantly giving your pet a permanent form of identification. Microchipping makes it easier to reunite with your pet if they ever get lost.

Should My Pet Be Seen By a Veterinarian?

This is one of the most common questions from pet parents, and with good reason, as it’s natural to worry about your pet’s health and well-being. Our quiz is meant to help you decide whether your pet should be seen for a video consultation, sick exam, or emergency vet clinic visit.
Should My Pet Be Seen By a Veterinarian?

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I book an appointment after getting a new puppy or kitten?

We recommend that you schedule your puppy or kitten’s first Wellness Exam as soon as you bring them home for the first time. We have flexible appointment times to accommodate your schedule and have same-day availability in many locations.

Do I need to prepare anything before my puppy or kitten wellness appointment?

Your veterinarian may ask you to have any paperwork or medical records on hand during your visit, as well as a fecal sample. If so, they will communicate this with you, prior to your appointment.

How much does the Kitten and Puppy Wellness Exam cost?

Pricing for a Kitten and Puppy Wellness Exam starts at $95 plus travel, depending on your location. Please visit our pricing page for more information. 

Are the vaccines included in the price of the puppy & kitten wellness exam?

The cost of vaccines is not included in the Wellness Exam fee. You might be interested in one of our pet wellness plans, as our Premium and Premium Plus plans include 2 or more wellness and sick exams per year, and are a great option for kitten and puppy parents.

How long does a typical puppy or kitten Wellness Exam take?

A standard puppy or kitten wellness exam lasts 45 minutes. This time allows our mobile veterinarians to thoroughly assess your pet and discuss any additional testing or vaccinations.

What should I have with me for the exam?

Please have any important paperwork on hand, such as information from the breeder or rescue organization, as well as a record of any vaccinations or preventative treatments your puppy or kitten may have had. Your veterinarian may also request a fecal or urine sample ahead of time.

How often should I schedule a wellness exam for my puppy or kitten?

Most puppies and kittens need between 2 and 4 visits by a veterinarian during their first year, depending on their vaccine history and age. Once your puppy or kitten reaches adulthood, we recommend yearly wellness exams for most of our adult furry patients.

What if my pet needs medication or treatment after the exam?

If your pet needs medication or treatment after the exam, your veterinarian will advise you on the best options, provide prescriptions and offer guidance on treatment administration and follow-up care.

What if my pet is found to have a health issue during the exam?

If a health issue is identified during your pet's exam, our mobile veterinarians will discuss the findings with you and recommend the appropriate next steps or treatments to ensure your pet's well-being.

Is there a cancellation policy for wellness exam appointments?

You can cancel your appointment up to 48 hours before your scheduled time without a fee. Canceling within 48 hours of a home visit will incur a cancellation fee of $75.

Is there a subscription for frequent vet visits?

As mentioned above our pet wellness plans include bundled preventative veterinary care services, unlimited virtual veterinary visits, and free travel fees.

Do you offer any packages or discounts for multiple pets?

When you book any kind of service for more than one pet in the household, you will only be charged for  one travel fee. Additionally, our pet wellness plans include free travel, as well as bundled veterinary care services and exclusive discounts.

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