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Posted on 02-05-2014

I've been practicing veterinary medicine for over 30 years and during that time, you could say I've seen it all, well, most all.  One of the most frustrating things is when I see a pet that has a disease, often life threatening, that could have been so easily prevented.  Most of the emphasis on why you should have your pet spayed or neutered centers on the "pet overpopulation problem".  Let's face it.  Most CARING pet owners have a good watch on their pets and the Oops pregnancy isn't on the pet owner's mind.  However, at Markham Animal Clinic, nearly every day one of our doctors sees either mammary tumors (breast cancer), pus-filled uterine infections, ulcerated bleeding peri-anal tumors, or prostate infections, not to mention the behavioral problem of urinary marking.  Many of these pets need emergency, expensive surgery to save the animal's life.  What do these conditions all have in common?  They either don't or rarely occur in dogs or cats that are spayed or neutered.  So, it's really not just about that distant "pet overpopulation problem" that doesn't pertain to your pet, but it's all about the health of your beloved pet.  That's why veterinarians and people who work in veterinary clinics spay or neuter their pets young. We want what's best for our pets.

If your dog or cat is not spayed or neutered, take advantage of the $80 Instant Rebate during February only. Spayed and neutered dogs and cats live longer, healthier, lives. 

Dr. Heidi Hoogeweg

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