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Deadline Extended: Essentials PetCare Coloring Contest

Got creative kids? Enter our coloring contest by October 28th!

Coloring Contest | Essentials Pet Care

September marked our second anniversary, and we launched a “My New Puppy” coloring competition for children to honor the occasion. Kids are encouraged to show-off their coloring skills for a chance to win a $25 Walmart gift card. The coloring contest features Annie, the inspiration behind Essentials PetCare. Winning pages will be featured in a virtual storybook.

“One of our founding principles is to help educate the entire family on the importance of responsible pet care,” says Dr. Douglas Spiker, president and co-founder of Essentials PetCare, “our coloring contest is a fun way to teach children how to keep their pets healthy and happy.”




Submit your pages by October 28th. You may email them, or drop-off at our clinic, located on the west side of Walmart at 8701 US Highway 19, Port Richey, FL 34668.

Get coloring today!

Click on the buttons below to download the coloring book and official contest rules. 

Coloring Book    Contest Rules


World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day

Did you know that September 28th is World Rabies Day?  Rabies is a deadly disease that can affect domestic animals, wild animals, and humans. It is caused by a virus and is mostly transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Vaccination requirements have been proven to be very successful in preventing rabies. That is why rabies vaccination for dogs and cats is required by law in Florida and most other states.  However, the most common source of rabies in humans in under-developed nations is from exposure to unvaccinated dogs. Children are at greatest risk from rabies, since they are more likely to be bitten by dogs.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 59,000 people die from rabies every year – a rate of one person every ten minutes. Africa and India still bear the highest burden of total annual rabies deaths. Because many of these areas do not have sophisticated medical services or easy access to hospitals, treatment is often unaffordable or unavailable. Fortunately, prevention through vaccination of dogs has been shown to be an effective way to halt the spread of rabies and save human and animal lives.

Essentials PetCare is committed to the efforts of erasing rabies from the world and that is why we choose to use Nobivac® vaccines in our clinic.  Nobivac® supplies 100% of the annual rabies vaccine needs for programs such as Mission Rabies, Rabies Free Africa, and Afya Serengeti. When you vaccinate your pet at Essentials PetCare, you are also helping to support this worthy cause.  With all of us working together, we can erase rabies forever.

Free Dose of Advantage Multi

Free Dose of Advantage Multi

Advantage Multi is a monthly topical application for dogs and cats. For dogs, it prevents heartworm, kills fleas, and treats and controls roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and sarcoptic mange. For cats, it prevents heartworm, kills fleas, and treats and controls ear mites, roundworms, and hookworms—all in one easy-to-use application!

If you’ve got a new puppy or a kitten coming in for one of our vaccine packages, we have great news: during your new fur baby’s exam, we will administer a FREE first dose and topical demonstration of Advantage Multi- a $28 value! This offer is available while supplies last!

Please note:  puppies must be between seven weeks to six months of age and weigh between 3–88 pounds. Kittens must be between nine weeks to four months of age and weigh between 2–9 pounds.

Learn more about our puppy and kitten packages on our services page.

Celebrating Two Years of Essentials PetCare

Anniversary Celebration

Come celebrate with us for two successful years at Essentials PetCare!

We are so glad that you have joined us on our journey to provide affordable, accessible, and convenient healthcare to our local pets. We’re going to celebrate in honor of all the pets we have helped and all of our clients entrusting us with their care!

Please join us on September 29th for our anniversary celebration, from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the clinic. We’ll have special giveaways, treats for humans and pets, and more!

We hope to see you there!

Protect Your Pets From Heartworm

Protect Your Pets From Heartworm

Heartworm is a nasty disease that mosquitoes transmit from pet to pet. As the name suggests, heartworms live in the hearts of dogs and cats, and they can also thrive in the lungs and blood vessels. Because they constrict blood flow, they can damage internal organs and cause lung disease and heart failure.

Administering a monthly oral or topical heartworm preventative medication year-round is your pet’s best defense against heartworms. At Essentials PetCare, we recommend re-testing in six months due to the nature of this disease—heartworms must be approximately six months old before an infection can be detected and diagnosed.

Prevention is much easier—and cheaper—than treatment! Do not take the dangers of heartworm lightly. If your pet has missed a month of heartworm prevention, contact us today to get them up-to-date!

If you’d like to learn more about this disease and how you can prevent it, please contact us.