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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.


Prescription Diets – Could Your Pet Benefit?

Did you know that prescription diet pet foods can help with many pet ailments, from being overweight to urinary issues, skin allergies and more? At Essentials, we carry an assortment of Purina Veterinary Diets and can order any variety your pet may need. Click here to view the available Purina Veterinary Diets.

If your pet is currently using another prescription diet brand, call us at 727-478-0936 for our low price on the comparable Purina product!


Wellness Packages & Diagnostics

Annual wellness screenings are highly recommended for all pets seven years of age or older, or for pets experiencing health issues. Essentials PetCare offers affordable Wellness Screening Packages that enable us to catch disease and illness before they become serious—and more expensive to treat.

Our new Wellness Screen includes comprehensive bloodwork and urinalysis for just $80. Get a Wellness Screen + Thyroid Panel for only $90. Purchase either in conjunction with any other vaccine or illness package and you’ll save an additional $10 off our already low prices!

Worried about lumps or bumps on your pet? We offer cytology testing so you can find out if that bump is something to be concerned about, and if your pet should seek treatment for it.

If your pet needs an exam or lab work, please drop in to see us at Essentials PetCare, open seven days a week inside the Port Richey Walmart.