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Why Choose a Home Vet Visit?

When you book an in-home Sick Visit, we’ll examine your pet in their favorite spot - in the comfort of home, saving both time and stress.

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Immediate Attention in Familiar Surroundings

Being in a familiar environment can help reduce your pet’s stress when they aren’t feeling well, making it easier for your veterinarian to perform a physical exam.

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Avoiding Clinic Wait Times

Say goodbye to long wait times and the unfamiliar sounds, sights, and smells of veterinary clinics that can cause anxiety for your pet.

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Personalized Care Tailored to Symptoms

During a home vet visit our veterinarians have the time to focus solely on your pet's specific symptoms and your concerns.

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Safety First

In-home veterinary care for your sick pet reduces the risks associated with exposure to other pets, people, and potential illnesses.

When to Schedule a Sick Pet Visit

As a pet parent, you know your pet better than anyone and can usually sense when something’s not right. Below is a list of common reasons to book a vet visit for a sick pet:

  • Altered appetite or thirst

  • Eye appearance changes

  • Vomiting or diarrhea

  • Coughing, sneezing, or changes in breathing patterns

  • Lethargy

  • Significant weight fluctuations

  • Excessive whining, pacing, or shaking

  • Limping or difficulty walking

  • Itchy ears or skin

  • Urinary changes or accidents

  • Any concerns about your pet's well-being

Our Home Vet Visit Process

Each in-home Sick Visit includes a thorough examination of your pet by a licensed veterinarian and veterinary technician. You’ll be able to stay with your pet during the entire appointment to help them stay calm and relaxed.

Initial Assessment and Discussion

Initial Assessment and Discussion

During your visit, your veterinarian will take time to gather information about your pet’s history, current health, and any symptoms they are experiencing.

Targeted Examination

Targeted Examination

Your veterinarian will then perform a focused, nose-to-tail physical examination based on your pet's symptoms and conditions. They will also take your pet’s vital signs and check all the major systems of their body.

Diagnostic Procedures (If Needed)

Diagnostic Procedures (If Needed)

Depending on your pet’s symptoms, your veterinarian might recommend additional testing or lab work to assist in diagnosis and treatment (for an additional fee). Your veterinarian may also refer you to other specialists as needed.

Post-Visit Care Recommendations

Post-Visit Care Recommendations

Before the end of your visit, your veterinarian will provide guidance on how to care for your pet after the visit, including scheduling any necessary follow-up treatments and/or prescribing medications for an additional fee.

Sick Visit Pricing

The cost of a pet Sick Visit starts at $99, plus our travel fee and any additional products or services. Visit our pricing page for more information and current offers.

Service Price Range
Service Price Range
Sick Visit $99 - $129
Travel Fee* $89 - $109, depending on location
Medications Varies by prescription
Lab and Blood Work Varies by tests
Diagnostic Testing 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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Mary Kern
BetterVet Pittsburgh

Dr. Wilson and Amanda came to my home for a sick visit. They treated Zeus and myself with respect and caring. They listened to my concerns and gave excellent advice.

Stephen Beck
BetterVet Boston
I wish I had discovered BetterVet sooner! The staff was amiable, knowledgeable, and fantastic with my pet, so there was no stress on your pet. They showed my pet a lot of kindness. Everything was told to me by the vet. The following day, I received the findings through text message AND phone message. That they offer you a link with the required medications is awesome. So easy and basic. BetterVet is something I have enthusiastically suggested to everyone and to my friends! I also want to mention that when I called my usual veterinarian to let them know my pet was sick, they told me to take him to an emergency facility because they wouldn't be able to give me an apartment for three days. I'm speechless!! Never once more! Gratitude, Better
Nan Minchow
BetterVet Eugene
This "BetterVet team" were so awesome with my pups. They knew what they were doing and my pups felt that I believe. Down on the floor with them, talking to them, and their favorite…Liver Bites!
Charlyn (Charlyn)
BetterVet Pittsburgh
Excellent service! Coming to my home was the best option for my kitty who gets car sick. The Vet was awesome, they were prompt and even had the prescribed medicine with them, so no pharmacy visit either! Will definitely use them again and highly recommend!
Rachel Palfini
BetterVet Seattle
We have been patients of "a BetterVet veterinarian" for a few years now and couldn’t be happier. He and Austin really care about our very shy cats and are so patient with them. I never feel rushed during our appointments and they explain everything clearly and thoroughly. I hope this merge with BetterVet makes their administrative lives easier so they can continue practicing as long as they’d like.
Jennifer Thomas
BetterVet Austin
So patient and kind especially with my fearful dog. We had an amazing experience and will definitely recommend to all my friends and family!
Zachary Scott
BetterVet Denver
Very pleased with this service. Saves my cat a lot of anxiety. Very professional and helpful.
Linda Liang
BetterVet Chicago
OMG. "The BetterVet team" were a blessing! We thought our cat Jasper was going to leave us. He has anxiety attacks when you try to get him to the vet, and he was so sick we didn't know what to do. I found BetterVet on the internet and they couldn't have been any better. They were both very kind and gentle with Jasper, who can be feisty. The last vet couldn't even get blood work done, and they were able to get blood work, a urine sample, clip his toe nails and give him a shot for his UTI. That, most likely saved Jasper's life. We are so grateful for them. They were thorough, knowledgeable, kind and caring. They took their time to make sure they covered everything with Jasper. "Our BetterVet veterinarian" even called us on a Saturday and went through, in detail his recommendations for Jasper. A five star rating isn't high enough! On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being high, I would give them a 10! Thank you both. "BetterVet team members", for your excellent care of our beloved pet, Jasper. Linda and Barry
PJ Bengel
BetterVet Pittsburgh
"Our mobile vets" arrived on time and were so very kind. My 13 y/o kitty had 4 ingrown claws and they provided tender care with antibiotics, pain meds, trimming and bandage booties. They were professionals I highly recommend. Made both me and kitty feel better. Thank you so much!
Debra Chastain
BetterVet Greater Los Angeles
Very professional service. Very happy with "BetterVet". They were able to provide updated vaccines, clip nails, take weight, and educate me on proper care for an older rottweiler male dog. I highly recommend them
Rachel Vaughan
BetterVet Austin
"The BetterVet team" were so friendly and professional! My cats have some health problems that are difficult to manage properly, and one of them gets really anxious about vet appointments. They made the whole process so much less stressful than it normally is and were really quick to get the prescription I needed sorted out. Thank you so much!

Included in Our Veterinary Home Visit Service

During a Sick Pet Visit, we thoroughly address your pet’s symptoms and conduct a comprehensive examination. The following services are included in the cost of your pet’s Sick Visit appointment:

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.

Veterinary Pain Management

We employ a range of techniques, from medication to innovative therapies, to effectively manage pain in pets. We assess each pet's individual needs, ensuring a personalized approach to pain relief and ongoing comfort.

Additional Veterinary Diagnostic Services

An in-home Sick Visit includes a consultation with you about your pet’s health and current symptoms, a comprehensive nose-to-tail examination, recommendations for supportive care, as well as additional testing and referrals (for an additional fee).

Veterinary Lab Tests

To accurately diagnose your pet’s illness or potential health condition we may recommend pet blood work, cytology, urinalysis, and fecal testing (for an additional fee).

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.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can a vet arrive for an in-home sick pet visit?

It’s possible to schedule a same-day or next-day Sick Visit in many of our locations.

What if my pet is too sick to move or be touched?

As BetterVet provides mobile veterinary services, your pet can be examined without leaving home. If you think your pet is having a medical emergency, seek urgent care at your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.

Is emergency care available for critical situations?

We do not provide emergency veterinary services at this time.  If you think your pet has a medical emergency, seek urgent care immediately at your nearest veterinary emergency hospital.

The following symptoms typically require urgent care at an emergency veterinary clinic:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Signs that your pet is in severe pain - shaking, vocalizing, panting, hiding, or agitation
  • Seizure(s) or loss of consciousness
  • Wounds or injuries
  • Ingestion of toxic food, substances, or foreign objects
  • Sudden mobility issues
Can the vet provide immediate medication during the visit?

Our veterinary teams carry many common medications with them and can administer them to your pet when appropriate.

How will I know if follow-up visits or treatments are required?

Your veterinarian will let you know if there is a need for any additional tests, treatments, or referrals and will schedule a follow-up appointment for your pet if recommended.

What if my pet needs further tests or hospitalization?

If your pet requires further tests or hospitalization your veterinarian will discuss the appropriate next steps and offer recommendations of local hospitals in your area.

How do I know if my pet needs a sick visit or a wellness exam?

If your pet is feeling fine but is due for a routine wellness checkup, then you’ll want to book a Wellness Exam. For times when your pet is not feeling well or seems off, you will want to book a Sick Visit instead.

What payment methods do you accept for in-home visits?

We accept all major credit cards and debit cards. We do not accept cash, checks, or Scratchpay. A credit card is required to book your appointment but will not be billed until the end of your home visit.

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