Pet overpopulation is a serious problem in the U.S. Sadly, there are more than 4 million more dogs in the U.S. than there are homes available. You can help to keep from exacerbating the overpopulation problem by having your dog spayed or neutered. The procedure is simple and painless while done under general anesthesia, and may take as little as a few hours.
Spaying/neutering improves your dog's temperament and reduces its tendency to stray from home. Many people notice their dogs become more calm, gentle, and affectionate after being spayed or neutered. Female dogs are prone to breast cancer later in life. Spaying your dog before her first heat will reduce the risk to less than 5%. After the first heat, the risk rises to approximately 28%, increasing with each heat. Neutering your male dog at a young age will eliminate painful prostate problems later in life.