Essentials PetCare News

Why Your Pet Needs A Rabies Vaccine

Pet Rabies Vaccines

Even if you have pets, chances are you don’t think about rabies much—after all, most dogs and cats are required by law to be vaccinated and because of that, the disease is not as widespread or common as it used to be in the U.S.

However, rabies is still very much a danger: back in November, a kitten found in New Port Richey tested positive for the disease, which has a staggering 99.95% mortality rate if untreated. It’s also highly contagious and zoonotic, which means it can be transmitted from animals to humans. A 6 year-old boy in Orlando just passed away earlier this week after contracting rabies from a bat. If you are ever exposed to an unknown or wild animal, especially bats, please seek medical attention immediately.

Essentials PetCare offers a 1 or 3-year rabies vaccine and veterinarian’s exam for only $33. For an even better value, choose our Full Canine or Feline Vaccine package, which include all recommended core immunizations and start at just $65 for dogs and $62 for cats.

Click here for more information on our vaccine packages, or drop in for vaccinations seven days a week inside the Port Richey Walmart.


New Year, New Pet? We Have Vaccines!

Puppy and Kitten Vaccine Plans

Did you get a new bundle of furry joy over the holidays? We can help you make sure your new pet gets off on the right paw with our Puppy and Kitten Vaccine Packages!

Puppies and kittens need a series of vaccinations to be fully protected from various diseases that could be deadly to young animals. Puppies and kittens also commonly have intestinal parasites which may be transmissible to humans. These parasites are especially dangerous for children and adults with suppressed immune systems. Essentials PetCare offers an intestinal parasite test for only $20 with any vaccine visit. This reference lab test has the ability to identify parasites that may be missed by less comprehensive in-house testing.

For more information on our Puppy and Kitten Vaccine Packages, click here, or give us a call at 727-478-0936.


Keep Your Pets Safe This Paw-liday

Pawliday Pet Tips

The winter holidays are fun for us humans, but our parties, decorations, and festive foods can put our pets at risk! Here are a few tips for keeping your animal companion safe this season:

  • Keep sparkly and string-type decorations out of the reach of felines. They’re very attracted to moving, shiny things and you don’t want them ingesting tinsel or other objects.
  • Keep pets away from holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, and lilies which can be irritating and/or highly toxic.
  • Secure your tree to a doorway or strong drapery pole with fishing line to keep it from falling over if your dog bumps it or your cat tries to climb it.
  • Chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions, currants, macadamia nuts and walnuts are all on the naughty list for pets. Also, beware of xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in chewing gum, candy and peanut butter) which can cause illness and even death.
  • Hide and secure electrical cords for lights—pets can suffer serious injury and electrocution from chewing on them. Rubber covers can be purchased inexpensively at hardware stores.
  • Put your pet in another room with toys and a bed when having a party. This way your dog, and especially your cat, will be less stressed.

Is Your Pet Ready For Boarding?

Get Your Pet Ready For Boarding

If you’re traveling this holiday season and plan on boarding your pet, now’s the time to make sure your pet is ready for their kennel stay. Be sure to ask if the Canine Influenza Vaccine is required – we highly recommend this vaccine for any dogs over 8 weeks old who are boarding!

Essential PetCare makes it easy to get your pet up to date so that with exception of those goodbye cuddles, there are no delays at drop-off time. Walk in today and take advantage of one of our affordable vaccine bundles. The best value is our Full Canine or Feline Packages, which include a Rabies vaccine as well as other core inoculations—they’re priced at just $65 for dogs, and $62 for cats. We also have several other vaccine options available so it’s easy to find the right package for your pet and budget.

With the purchase of any vaccine package, you can also get a fecal/intestinal parasite test for your pet for just $20.

Click here for more information on our vaccine packages.


How Old is Your Pet, Really?

Waiting one year between wellness exams and screenings isn’t usually a big deal for humans. We age relatively slowly, so it often takes a while for disease processes and ailments to set in and present themselves.

Animals age rather rapidly, though, so a year is a long time when it comes to the health of your pet. Most pets are considered seniors when they reach seven. Many diseases are more likely to affect your pet once they reach senior status.

Plus, there’s a bit of a communication barrier between us and our pets; since they can’t tell us what’s bothering them directly, we often don’t realize when they’re in pain. This is why early disease detection is so important, especially as your pet gets older.

Essentials PetCare veterinarians recommend that senior pets receive wellness screenings a minimum of once every year. Regular exams allow us to update your pet’s preventative care and detect health issues that are more common in older pets, like diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and kidney disease, well before they burden your pet with uncomfortable symptoms.Waiting one year between wellness exams and screenings isn’t usually a big deal for humans. We age relatively slowly, so it often takes a while for disease processes and ailments to set in and present themselves.

Animals age rather rapidly, though, so a year is a long time when it comes to the health of your pet. Most pets are considered seniors when they reach seven. Many diseases are more likely to affect your pet once they reach senior status.

Plus, there’s a bit of a communication barrier between us and our pets; since they can’t tell us what’s bothering them directly, we often don’t realize when they’re in pain. This is why early disease detection is so important, especially as your pet gets older.

Essentials PetCare veterinarians recommend that senior pets receive wellness screenings a minimum of once every year. Regular exams allow us to update your pet’s preventative care and detect health issues that are more common in older pets, like diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and kidney disease, well before they burden your pet with uncomfortable symptoms.