Essentials PetCare offers virtual visits as a safe and convenient option to provide minor illness care and lab testing to current patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

LARGO, Fla. – Essentials PetCare announced a new way to provide minor illness care and select lab testing, all while maintaining CDC social distancing recommendations. Pets who have visited Essentials PetCare clinics in the last 11 months are eligible for a virtual veterinarian visit option.  

Qualifying pets and their owners may meet with Essentials PetCare veterinarians during a virtual video exam for all of the regular minor illness packages offered at Essentials PetCare.

Essentials PetCare is committed to providing the best care possible, so in addition to an online consultation with the doctor, some packages include a lab analysis of the area of concern. For ear, skin, GI upset and urinary packages, after having a teleconference with the veterinarian, pet parents will drop-off a sample from their pets in the lab box at the front of their local clinic – with no human contact. Essentials PetCare provides easy-to-follow instructions and videos to help with collecting the samples.  

“Essentials PetCare was founded on the mission to expand veterinary care to pets who may otherwise not be able to receive it due to affordability and accessibility,” says the company’s founder and president, Douglas Spiker, DVM. “While the clinics remain temporarily closed to the public due for the safety of our clients and staff, we look forward to continuing to provide quality care and minor illness relief from the safety and comfort of home.”  

As always, services and pricing at Essentials PetCare are all inclusive. Virtual visit and lab work prices are as follows: 

  • Ear Package: $45  
  • Skin Package: $50  
  • Ophthalmic/Eye Package: $40  
  • GI Upset Package: $60  
  • Urinary Package: $60  
  • Lameness/Limping Package (dogs only): $40  
  • Upper Respiratory Package (cats only): $40  
  • Intestinal Parasite Test: $35, or $25 when added-on or if a recheck  

The booking process is entirely contact-free. Once a client submits a visit request, an Essentials PetCare team member will give the client a call to discuss symptoms, services, collect payment, and complete booking over the phone. 

About Essentials PetCare 

Established in 2015, Essentials PetCare, LLC is a purpose-driven organization that provides easy access to affordable, high quality preventative and minor illness care for dogs and cats. The company’s mission is to expand veterinary services to more pet-owning families who would otherwise not seek care because of cost. Essentials PetCare believes that no animal should ever suffer or put its family at risk of contracting diseases due to affordability. In addition to caring for pets, the company is focused on the wellbeing of its employees by promoting work-life harmony, including flexible scheduling, comprehensive benefits, and employee stock options. For more information about Essentials PetCare, visit, @EssentialsPetCare on Facebook and Instagram and @EssentialsPet on Twitter. 


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