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Your first visit at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital

Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital

Shortly after you bring your new pet home, you should schedule their first veterinary appointment. Even if you have had your pet for a long while and just need a new doctor to provide caring veterinary services, we are pleased to have the opportunity to offer your pet compassionate care for life.

Safety and Comfort

Young animals can be prone to stress when they enter a new situation. There may be aggressive or older pets present in the waiting area. 

Our veterinarians are experienced with providing a comforting and stress-free environment for your pet. We do ask that you tell us about any concerns regarding aggressive or shy tendencies so that we can advise you on managing these issues.


The First Exam

During the first exam we will focus on getting to know you and your pet. Your veterinarian will conduct a head-to-tail examination. This exam will include weighing your pet and checking overall health, including the skin and coat, eyes and ears, heart, lungs, teeth, and gums.

Following the examination, your veterinarian will consult with you on any questions or concerns you may have. The discussion will cover health and wellness issues, vaccine scheduling, spaying, neutering, and microchipping your pet.


What to Bring

Upon your first visit, we ask that you bring the following:

  • Any prior health care documentation from previous veterinary hospitals, shelters, or breeder
  • Prior vaccination records
  • A stool sample
  • The brand and name of your pet food of choice
  • Dietary information including how much and how often you feed your pet

Please also take the time to read over and complete our new client forms. Completing these in advance will expedite the process of getting your pet into our system.

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