Essentials PetCare, a network of veterinary clinics operating at Walmart stores, is set to open doors in Calhoun, Ga., January 19, as part of its expansion efforts. 

ATLANTA – Essentials PetCare arrives at Calhoun, January 19, with the goal to offer affordable  veterinary services to more pet families in Georgia. The innovative chain of veterinary clinics, located in Walmart stores, already has a clinic in the Atlanta area, at the Walmart Health Center in Dallas.  

Pet parents living in or near Calhoun, Ga., will soon be able to bring their dogs and cats to the Essentials PetCare clinic located in the Walmart at 450 W Belmont Drive, for routine veterinary care, such as vaccinations, minor illness exams, and lab testing. During the pandemic, the clinic is offering safe, contact-free visits. Pet parents can feel at ease dropping their pets off at the front of the new clinic, then clients can join a video call with the doctor to watch the exam.  

“We look forward to serving pets and their parents in the Calhoun area,” says Essentials PetCare’s founder and president, Douglas Spiker, DVM. “It’s exciting to expand access to safe, quality care at an affordable cost to more pet owners in Georgia, especially during this time of hardship for many pet owning families” adds Dr. Spiker. 

Essentials PetCare provides diagnosis and treatment for a variety of minor illnesses, such as ear infections, common skin conditions, urinary tract infections, stomach and intestinal issues. Essentials PetCare adopted a model based on pricing transparency, allowing pet parents to view a full menu of services and costs online. “Budgeting veterinary care is a concern for many pet families. We want to make quality veterinary care accessible to all,” explains Dr. Spiker. The clinics provide routine and minor illness care only. Pets needing surgical intervention, facing major illnesses, or an emergency situation are referred to local veterinary hospitals.

The mission of Essentials PetCare is to provide quality, affordable veterinary care to all U.S. pets. According to a recent study published by Access to Veterinary Care Coalition and the University of Tennessee, nearly 28 percent of U.S. households with an estimated 29 million dogs and cats experience barriers to veterinary services because of cost and reduced access to care.  

In 2016, Essentials PetCare launched the first retail veterinary clinic located within a Walmart store. Currently, there are 6 Essentials PetCare clinics spread across Texas, Georgia, and Florida. New Georgia clinics in Fayetteville, Loganville and Marietta are projected to open in early 2021. 

By expanding the traditional model of veterinary care with a focus on convenience, quality, and affordability, Essentials PetCare provides pet owners with more opportunities to care for their pets’ well-being while helping to reduce the number of pets that do not receive medical care or develop serious illnesses due to the cost of preventative care.  

Essentials PetCare clinics also compliment full-service veterinary hospitals by introducing veterinary care to a large segment of the U.S. pet owning market, which has traditionally not pursued veterinary services because of cost. The company’s veterinarians educate clients on the benefits of full-service veterinary care when recommended. 

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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