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Be Proactive About Your Pet’s Health

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Developing a comprehensive wellness plan for your cat or dog is a top priority at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital. We work closely with you to come up with options that meet the needs of both you and your pet, and we’re here to help you navigate the decision-making process.

Wellness Plans

While each wellness plan is tailored to the individual pet, there are general topics we discuss with every owner. For both cats and dogs, we usually address:

We also encourage you to raise any other concerns you have about your pet’s behavior or health. Every wellness plan is built with you, not for you, and we’re sensitive to the medical and financial implications of each decision. Our team is committed to finding solutions that make the most sense for you and your family.

Regular Exams

Regular wellness exams are the best way to keep your pet healthy and prevent problems before they become too severe or too costly. We recommend yearly wellness exams for every cat and dog, although more frequent visits may also be encouraged.

During a routine wellness exam, we will listen to your pet’s heart, evaluate his or her eyes and mouth, and check the body for lumps or swelling. This is also an ideal time to discuss your pet’s nutrition, parasite prevention, and address any other questions or concerns you may have.


Determining which vaccines are right for your pet is a crucial piece of the preventive wellness puzzle. When developing the appropriate plan, we consider many factors including lifestyle and risk for certain diseases. The annual wellness exam is a good time to update your pet’s vaccinations.


Microchipping is a safe, simple way to keep track of your pet at all times. Each microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades. Each chip comes programmed with a unique number, which is linked to a national pet registry along with the owner’s name and contact information.

In the event your pet goes missing, most veterinary hospitals and humane societies have electronic scanners, which can read the number on your pet’s microchip and allows for his or her safe return home. The procedure is as easy and painless as a vaccine and remains active for the duration of your pet’s life. At Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital, we use the ResQ microchip system. To learn more about the importance of microchipping, please read Ripley’s Story.

On the Web

  • USA Today discusses the new health crisis for your pets.

  • AVMA TV offers a large selection of videos about pet health care topics by the experts at the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The Pet Health Center at WebMD offers videos, slide shows, and lots of information about preventing diseases in pets:

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