Wellness and Preventative Care
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.
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:
- Dental care
- Nutrition/obesity prevention
- Senior care
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.
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.
With the recent advances in vaccinations to protect your pet against diseases like rabies, feline leukemia, Lyme disease, FIV, and many other health issues, vaccination is an important part of your pet’s regular health care.
Your pet will require a personalized and individual course of vaccinations. Our veterinarians can provide all the vaccinations your pet may need and will create a plan that is tailored to your pet.
Each year, millions of pets go missing. Many never find their way home again. One of the best ways to avoid this happening to you is to have your pet microchipped.
A microchip installed at our clinic can help ensure that your pet will be found more quickly should he or she go missing. At Canandaigua, we use the ResQ microchip system to ensure that if your pet is ever lost, he or she can be returned home safe and sound.
A microchip is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice implanted beneath the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. This chip remains there for the pet’s entire life; the procedure is as easy and painless as a vaccination.
Every microchip has a unique number. This number is added to a national pet registry, along with information about the pet and pet parent. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have devices for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found with a microchip, the registry is called and the pet parent is contacted.