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Reasons to Book In-Home 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:

  • Changes in your pet’s appetite or thirst
  • Changes to the appearance of your pet’s eyes
  • Vomiting or diarrhea Lethargy (low energy)
  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss
  • Excessive whining, pacing, or shaking
  • Any time you are worried about your pet's health or behavior 
We’ll examine your pet in their favorite spot - at home, saving you time and stress.
What to Expect From Your Pet’s Sick Visit

What to Expect From Your Pet’s Sick Visit

Each in-home sick pet visit includes a nose-to-tail examination of your pet by a licensed veterinarian and vet tech. You’ll be able to stay with your pet through the entire process to help them stay calm and relaxed.
What to Expect From Your Pet’s Sick Visit

What to Expect From Your Pet’s Sick Visit

If lab testing is required for your pet, your doctor will follow up with a phone call or email to talk through the results.
What to Expect From Your Pet’s Sick Visit

What to Expect From Your Pet’s Sick Visit

If your pet requires medication, your doctor will provide a prescription during your visit.

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?

What Our Clients Say

Mary Kern
BetterVet Pittsburgh

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

I have already recommended the service to several friends! He is currently trying to help me write this!

Zachary Scott
BetterVet Denver
Very pleased with this service. Saves my cat a lot of anxiety. Very professional and helpful.
Maureen Sumner
BetterVet Houston
Loved our Coco's visit with BetterVet. Your vet, Dr. Gutierrez and her assistant, Erin were wonderful and very patient with Coco, who doesn't like to be touched or worked on. I would recommend to anyone, who has a shy pet or who can't get to a vet.
Pat Watson
BetterVet Seattle
Very friendly, kind,and patient. My dog warm up to the doctor very quickly
Meryl Tseng
BetterVet Baltimore
My senior cat needed to be seen for a sick visit, and I couldn’t find her an appointment anywhere. Then I stumbled upon BetterVet, and was able to get her an appointment quickly. Dr. Morgan and Javier got to my house on time, were professional and caring, and fixed Gracie up in no time. I’ve found a new vet for both of my cats, and have already recommended BetterVet to my friends!
BetterVet San Diego
Dr. and her accompanying nurse were spectacular. We had a sick kitty emergency. They came right away even though we were first time patients. They were/are forthcoming about information, listened to our input, and didn't force unnecessary testing. They took into account our babies historical medical issues and listened to our concerns while providing reassuring feedback. We HIGHLY recommend contacting them if you too are in need of medical support for your fur babies. They are relatively new to the San Diego area and are a welcoming presence!
Katrinka Ellena
BetterVet Pittsburgh
This was the best vet experience I've ever had, I love that they'll come to you. The vet and her assistant were great, very helpful and friendly. I'll be using BetterVet from now on!
Lou Apollo
BetterVet Austin
If you love your pets! Don’t think twice. You can trust them 100% !! Lyndsey is amazing, she is so knowledgeable and skilled. She can do anything from performing complex surgeries to diagnosing simple conditions. She also has a great team to assist her. She came to see my boy when he was walking super weird. She made great recommendations and the price was very reasonable (it was actually less than I thought it would be, since they came to my house on a short notice) I’m so happy to be able to rely on her expertise, it helps me rest assured I’m doing the very best for my pups.
Domenica Reetz
BetterVet Detroit
BetterVet was great in treating my cat’s UTI. Dr. Rice was very gentle and slowly making my cat comfortable with her while she treated her. They were definitely a life saver. Will definitely use them again.
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
Jane Shelton-Kelley
BetterVet Eugene
BetterVet Eugene was able to get me in right away after my senior cat had an episode. Dr. Amber and Kate were very thorough and kind to my kitty. They explained everything they were doing and answered my questions. It is a wonderful service to have your vets come right into your home to care for your pet. I got lab results and a follow up call the next day. I highly recommend BetterVet.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you tell if a dog is not feeling well?

Any changes to your dog’s behavior could indicate that they are not feeling well. These include: 

  • Changes in your dog’s appetite or thirst
  • Changes to the appearance of your dog’s eyes
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Lethargy (low energy)
  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss
  • Excessive whining, pacing, or shaking
  • Other behavioral changes or health concerns
How do dogs act when they’re sick?
In addition to the list above, other signs that they are not feeling well are that they may not be interested in their usual activities, shy away from attention, and may even hide.
How do cats act when they are sick?

Similar to dogs, cats often demonstrate changes in behavior when they are feeling ill. These include:

  • Changes in your cat’s appetite or thirst
  • Changes to the appearance of your cat’s eyes
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Lethargy (low energy)
  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss
  • Pacing or shaking
  • Hiding 
  • Resistance to being pet
  • Meowing or other vocalizing
  • Other behavioral changes or health concerns
Are your veterinarians Fear Free® Veterinary Care certified?
Yes, all BetterVet veterinarians are Fear Free® Veterinary Care certified. We prioritize the well-being and comfort of your pets during their veterinary visits. Our certified veterinarians have undergone specialized training to apply Fear Free® techniques, ensuring a stress-free and fear-free experience for your furry companions. You can trust that your pets will receive gentle and compassionate care from our certified team.


BetterVet Wellness Club

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